Bring Back Random Player Feature Please!!

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    Terry

    Totally agree!!! Went to play the game and had no opponents, so I tries to select a random one but the feature was taken away. I only had a choice of playing 3 people and once those were gone, I was left again with no opponents. I had to use a power up to get new opponents but none appeared and I lost my power up. Excellent job in getting the money grab thing going but you're definitely going to lose alot of players doing this. I know a few people who are thinking about quitting this game due to this feature. Since I'm limited to how often and who I can play against, why would I waste my time checking back to see if I have new opponents? I'm beginning to lose interest in the game too and this feature has only been started a day ago. Fantastic job if you are trying to make people lose interest!!

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    Stevesmaill

    Agreed Terry.. i was going to buy VIP status but im not going to until this is sorted out.. not worth it otherwise. Bring it back Songpop.. look to another very popular app ... Words with Friends. They have random player available and are still going strong. Bring back the random.

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    Terry

    Let's see how much they actually listen or does any all requests just fall upon deaf ears!

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    Markaustin
    Why on earth would you make it more restrictive to find people to play with? Isn't the best business model to do everything you can to keep people playing? I really like the best match feature so that I'm finding people with similar genres and not having to play lists that I care nothing about (Korean pop, WWE themes, Christian gospel for example), but I do not like my location being displayed as part of that feature. To me that is a privacy issue and I don't recall authorizing you to publish my information. The random feature should not be removed or made restrictive. Please find a way to correct this or you will end up diminishing your own popularity.
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    Markaustin
    One more thought...I don't think that the location should matter when finding a best match. I don't care if a person is in my same city - if we have common playlists the could be anywhere in the world.
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    Stevesmaill

    I had a response from songpop.. absolute rubbish response!  " the best match is better" .. how is that a solution? Who says its better? was there a player census?

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    Markaustin
    Fine, I will give them that it is better but only for the closer match in playlist compatability. Limiting it to 3 matches and then a power up for every additional one within the day is definitely NOT better! I also don't think that location needs to be part of best match. The key rule to popular games is "keep the player playing". By effectively restricting making new games you give people a reason to put the game down. The downfall of extremely popular games is to change components of what made it a hit in the first place.
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    Stevesmaill

    Exactly Mark.. it just gives players incentive to search for some other game to get hooked on in the downtime that you have noone to play in songpop.. not a smart move on the developers part at all. If it aint broke dont try and fix it. Ive just finished the games i had available.. then the 3 best matches .. its shit. Excuse my language but really pissing me off.. i loved the game before this silly change.

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    Terry

    As I had said, our requests will fall upon deaf ears. They are the ones who thinks it's better, since it's better for their profits. If they think the feature is better, why don't they give us the full playlist so that we can check off which catergories we want to be challenged on instead of them making the decision for us. With the best match feature, I am still receiving challenges for rap and 50's music. Definitely not a best match for me!! It's a money grab! They limit your player options, then you have to use your power ups, once you use them all, you have to purchase more from them to continue with the game.

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    Stevesmaill

    Yes and i have already noticed that im getting less people playing me back in normal amount of time.. meaning people arent coming back as often to check in and play.. i have half a page of people i have to " NUDGE" .. never used to have that before they got rid of random player.

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    Terry

    Played last night for 1/2 hour with 1 player online, then they quit. Played this morning for 5 minutes, challenged everyone who had played (which was only 4 peoplle) used all my best matches (which I find they never play anyways) now haven't got anybody else which I can play with. I guess that I won't be playing again until tonight. Thanks again for trying to make me lose interest in the game Song Pop! Bad move!!

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    miker18

    I think it's ridiculous that I paid for the Android app SPECIFICALLY to play more random games and now I can't. It's kind of outrageous that they just change the game like that. I ONLY bought the game for that reason! Please rethink this Songpop! A lot of random challenges don't even get accepted, so at the very least let players turn off random challenges. 

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    MoneyPenny

    I think we are all in agreement that the recent changes are FUBAR in nature and causes one to want to pull your own hair out.  If you are like me then you will do what we all do:

    1. First say WTF is this?

    2. Get frustrated but try the new way of playing.

    3. Get more frustrated.

    4. Try contacting SP directly on their FB site to no avail...they will just keep posting aimlessly about new SongLists & how super yummy they are.

    5. You post on this forum as you now feel a little better knowing your not alone in your resentment (at least I do!)

    6. You quit SP, you cancel the app, and you wait for the next new app to come along.

    There!.

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    Mike D

     This is part of the response they sent me:

    "The random feature has been replaced with something better: Best Match!Best Match finds people near you with similar music taste. This feature is brand new and isn't available to everyone just yet. For now, only Canadian, Brazillian and Australian SongPop users have access to this. You cannot opt out of this feature."  See how much they care?  Wow...

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    Janine van Olffen

    W i i d't l p w p n m? I l p w p w ! Y c l n f p .I a d't w t w a e t g a n c !

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    Janine van Olffen

    Sorry. What if i like playing with people worldwide?  I don't like playing with only people near me. It is refreshing to play foreign playlists you are not good at.I also don't want to wait an eternity to get challenges!

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    Stevesmaill

    keep liking the post guys.. maybe we can make the developers see that actual players of the game see it a a huge flaw!! Another way i thought of doing it is maybe keep the best match if they want that but be able to shuffle as many times as u want for FREE to find as many players as you want to play when u need new players to play.. this waiting is BS.

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    Stevesmaill

    But would still much rather they just brought back the random player feature.. it keeps the game flowing ... i have no idea why you would even think about getting rid of it.. to keep people playing your game players have to be engaged in "PLAYING" not waiting and getting frustrated. Surely they are getting enough money from the game without making you pay for every little feature in it. Its golddigging.. if words with friends did the same thing.. they would get the same complaints.. developers there have got their heads screwed on right at least. Songpop lift your game.

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    Terry

    Oh all mighty Song Pop God, please let us know when we may play your game again!! I once again ran out of opponents and now need to wait till tonight to hopefully play again. There are no challengers left for me and you the all mighty control who I can play against, when I can play, what catergories are best for me and where my opponents should live. Feels like an arranged marriage where I have no say or perhaps the all mighty creator is from Russia but that can't be since there is no more communism over there. Please let me know what you desire next as I am but only your humble servant! You definitely know what's best for me!..... A big load of B.S.!!

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    Stevesmaill

    Also guys/gals  make sure to send your own request to songpop on the random player issue.. the more knocks on the door might make it fall down.

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    Markaustin
    You can also post on their Facebook page.
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    Stevesmaill

    will check that out Mark thanks

    i play on facebook.

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    Stevesmaill

    2012 game of the year on FB... yes but that was before the random player changes!! why would you change a game that has so many followers ?? Its a dingbat move. If the game started off with the best match how it is now there is no way it would have got game of the year because people would stop playing it.  I seriously have no one playing in my list for the past hour !  Awsome game Songpop.. but you are killing it with these changes. Do you think customers are stupid? we can see that its a moneygrab.. but with sooooo many players and so many good ratings why would you risk all that ? Its going to go downhill unless changes are made back or options are given back. Ive been a gamer since teen and never has a change got me so annoyed!!.  People in all the forums are complaining about it and everyone is having trouble finding people to play and posting their usernames on your fb page and other pages just to get people to ahve a game with them.. silly silly silly. It surely must be too hard for the developers to swallow their pride and bring back the random feature.. keep the best match .. have both?! or keep best match with unlimited shuffle. I dont want to play people just in my area.. or have 3 choices per day.. its crazy. It feels more like torture and tax .. rather than a game at the moment. Please open your eyes to whats happening.

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    Emma Gesuato

    Totally agree!!!!!! im getting bored of the game now .. please bring back the random players!

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    Syda Rodrigues

    I agree!!!! Why that to be vip? I have to pay with power ups for find in random someone for challenge. Some people give up the challenge. If I want play in random I have to pay with my power ups. So, I can not play with 80 partners as happened when I paid for me to become vip. I paid for it, because I wanted play with many people.

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    Stevesmaill

    Bring it back songpop... half the people on my list dont play since the change. Dont know who is telling you its a good idea.

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    Ronald Ng

    The greed of Songpop's creators is glaring, even to new players. No other social game I've played had me reaching for the wallet sooner to continue playing. If I'd known about the removal of the random player feature  I wouldn't have recently paid for three months of VIP. This is an unbelievably crass and cynical move to try and get even more Money, Money, Money out of their loyal fanbase. By limiting the number of new random challenges to 3 every 10 hours (unless you buy more powerups), Songpop have crossed the line from making a profit to outright greed.

    Companies like Zynga (Farmville, Words) and Rovio (Angry Birds) are still around because their games can churn over excellent profits while allowing people to continue playing (for the most part) without hindrance  If you didn't have to pay enough to play Songpop already, now your potential to actually enjoy the game after paying for powerups, playlists and 'VIP status' (like seriously, wtf?) is going to be grossly diminished unless you're willing to pay the Price Tag to start new games with random challengers.

    As a VIP, there's no point in being able to play up to 80 games at a time now that the random opponent feature has been removed. Within a few weeks I've No Doubt I'll be down to less than 40 opponents. As someone who plays a high volume of games in a sitting, instead of many times throughout the day, this change is a major disappointment.

    The Songpop response has been that "the random feature has been replaced with something better", better for Songpop perhaps but not the users. Game makers have to balance their greed against the usability of their app and this move sees Songpop crossing that fine line between Social Game of 2012 and 'that passing fad that got too greedy and drove everyone away'. Perhaps the company behind Songpop should take a listen to the voices that adorn one of their more novel playlists; "One Hit Wonders" to see what awaits when the next big game comes along with a less desperate pricing model.

    In the time it's taken to write this message, I've only received new turns from two of my current challengers, before this "feature" change I'd have returned to a screen full of turns.

    Thanks for ruining a perfectly good gaming experience.

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    Terry

    Are you kidding! You got two challengers that fast! I had 5 challengers this morning at 7am and have not/will not get another until after 6pm tonight at best. All my "Best Matches" were used last night, so I can't use any until tonight, not that any of them ever play.I had 1 challenger from their Best Matched since these changes took place. Not sure how they figure that Bollywood or Latin Radio is my Best Match. I know I'm cultured but come on, seriously?!? I don't recall when the last time was when I took my pimped out car with hydraulics bouncing down the road blasting blasting Bollywood or Latin music. Lol. Only one alternative that I can think of is if we gather a group of players and become friends on facebook, we may be able to continue playing as long as they stay in our list of challengers. Just a thought!!

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    Stevesmaill

    Great post Ronald.. well said. I hope they realise sooner rather than later what a mess they have made.

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    Markaustin
    Can we at least get a reply from Songpop please? After a week of this I'm ready to give up in frustration.
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