Bring Back Random Player Feature Please!!

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  • John Rahn

    I wouldn't have a problem with legal action and don't see anything funny about it.  This is classic bait-and-switch.  People that bought/subscribed before the change was made were sold the ability to play random games without restriction up to 80 games.  Then once they had our money they yank away that function and it now costs you something to find players and made it impossible to play 80 games, at least for me and obviously many others.  They profit from less server usage, people giving up, etc.  It may seem like an insignificant cash loss on an individual base but multiply that by the thousands that paid and you can see how this company has unjustly profited.  It's deceptive, evil, and illegal and this company should be punished.

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  • Faith
    Ok I am confused. I found that if you click on the profile of people you are playing, you can then select from people they are playing. It cost nothing. That's what I have been doing since they changed RANDOM PLAY with the update. It takes a little longer but no big deal. When you click on those players you can see their interest, what they are good at and just challenge them. I don't think song pop even realized that you can do that!
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  • John Rahn

    Faith I'm glad you're happy with the method you're using but its not the same thing.  With Random Play you would get someone who would play you back relatively fast and also get a few random challenges back in return from people who were also generally playing at the same time you were and as you pointed out it was quicker and less cumbersome.

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  • Laura Larkin
    R (I) P was just fun! Players always ready to play and the not knowing who you might get was exciting! I have plenty of players now and all the stats and compatibility is all good but the thrill of random player is unmatched by any Best Match or seeking our players' players! But good we can do that and not have to use coins to shuffle! I'm satisfied but still miss that instant excitement of a random player!
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  • Faith
    John Rahn, I did love and wish they would bring it back random play , I was just trying to give others another way to play others without paying. I play people from all over and play all the time. Are there people who play once or twice and quit, yes. That happened with random play more than now because I can see more info now.
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  • Lawless132004
    Taking away random players really amplified the problem because whoever they pick as your best match could be someone like me who hasn't played in over two months. Now people are waiting for me to respond to their challenges and spending powerups to move on to the next best match. They're only making it worse by stubbornly not bringing back random player and driving us away.
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  • Justin Meier

    The thing I really hate about the Best Match is I love the Ska Punk playlist, and none of my best matches have that playlist. Before I read this I wasted 25 powerups trying to randomly bring up a playlist that I now know was never going to come up... I want my powerups and random back.

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  • Eddie Kaminski
    Bring random matches back or we riot!!
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  • Bett Woolhether
    Yes ... Random was sooool much better. Please bring back ... This new one really sux. =)
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  • Bett Woolhether
    Yes, the old random select was much, much better!
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  • Yvonne Webster

    I also think they should bring back random players its loads better than best match,best match is rubbish.

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  • Yvonne Webster

    I also think they should bring back random players its loads better than best match,best match is rubbish.

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  • laceylady242
    I have to agree with everyone here, this Best Match is terrible. Most of the people on my list aren't playing. And frankly, I don't want to only play people who live in my state... It's a big world out there, SongPop. But having dealt with the "support" people here for the last few months, I know nothing will change.
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  • Morgan Drake

    What is common here ? It's really working the "Best" match feature ?

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  • Nikki Radatz

    Song pop totally should bring back random opponents!!!! I would purchase this app if i knew i could i could always find someone online playing! I can't play this app whenever i want because there is no random player option now:( SO DISAPPOINTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Lawless132004
    Any word of anyone creating a similar game elsewhere yet?
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  • Sheila Achatz Hyatt
    I totally agree with getting the Random back. I always liked playing instantly with someone. Now I have to wait all the time. I liked the fact that while I was randomly finding someone, someone was asking me to play randomly. It was so much fun. I am getting bored. I hope they change it back soon!
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  • Ronald Ng

    Good points by Laura Larkin, especially in pointing out that the 'Songpop marriage' that Songpop are boasting about in the announcements here came about because of this very feature that's now been removed from the game.

    Also, thank you to Jess for the official response from Songpop.

    • The new update has improved the situation by allowing people to find new challengers from amongst their existing challengers.
    • I'm dubious as to how useful the musical compatibility score actually is for all players, but the 'Last Online' stat is definitely useful as an indicator of how active your opponents are (why can't it also be shown on the 'Best Match' dialog?)
    • Another issue that is still being raised, and which I think is valid, is that Best Match as opposed to Random Player limits you to players in your geographical location. This is not ideal for all types of players when you consider that the types of societies we live in.
    • Further to that point; the conflict between Best Match and Random Player very much comes down to the fact that people play in different modes. Some players prioritise immediacy of response and others are happy to play once or a few times a day. Songpop need to look at how they cater to both demographics.
    • In response to the situation, there are communities springing up everywhere for the dedicated; Facebook groups, username databases and so on. People who continue to play Songpop have decided to do so on their terms with players who they choose, not who 'Best Match' is picking for them.
    • On the issue of money. I think we're in this situation because Songpop have failed to recognise that perception is reality in a public relations sense and for the players of the game. Regardless of what the underlying intention is, it's how changes are interpreted by the fans that matters and as I've pointed out in a comment on the placement of certain buttons in the game;  if it looks like it's designed to generate money, especially at the expense of gameplay, then of course people will be unhappy.
    • On that note, Songpop / Freshplanet need to look at the bigger picture of how it handles PR. Having Jess sitting here managing this board by herself (is that the case?) is hardly the best way to represent a game that millions are playing. The product managers, designers and developers of this game should live and breath it as much as the fans. We don't need them to reply to every single complaint but it should be apparent that there is a dialogue that is two-way. A lot of the anger I see here reflects the perception that the direction of the game is not taking into account the needs and opinions of the people who have made it such a huge success.
    Thanks for the response.
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  • Lisa
    I am all but ready to give up on this game. It is fun but I get matches that don't play, then when I delete them and try again it matches me with the same person. If this doesn't change I'm bailing
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  • Stephanie Brakkee
    Can i have random back?
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  • Lawless132004
    I've sent emails to Facebook, zendesk, Freshplanet., and Songpop with no luck yet. ITunes will be next. Still waiting for a copycat version.
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  • Tjitske van der Meer

    I also think the Random-button should get back! I just read about the lovestory ;) And it's amazing how people find each other because of a game. I've also met my boyfriend through by selecting a random player ;) It's also much more fun to paly against people all over the world :)

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  • Sheila Soufi
    UGH!!!!!!!!!!!! The Best Match SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hate Song Pop now and refuse to play unless they fix it. What moron up in Song Pop corporate high heaven thought that this would even remotely be a good idea.
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  • Justin Coleman
    Please bring random back. I've noticed this best match feature may put you with people who never play...
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  • Michael Kirchl

    Totally agree!

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  • Sharon Boisvert
    Having to wait for another player has been extremely aggravating and half of them don't end up playing back because they have gotten rid of the app etc.. Random match was a lot better because the person playing would always play back right away and we could continue using the app when we wanted to
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  • Lawless132004
    If I remember correctly, iTunes is a sponsor of Song Pop and revealed to them the goings on. Hopefully they will back out and twist Song Pop's arm into returning to the old format with Random Choice.
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  • Stevesmaill

    Game hasn't changed.. i dont play anymore :P its lost its fun and randomness. I know am hooked on Candy Crush haha..  get into it guys and gals. Sounds like a game for kids but as you get further into the levels it gets very addictive and hard. Songpoop bye.

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  • Stevesmaill

    Candy Crush is also the Number One game on facebook now.. songpop is on a downward spriral.

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  • Lawless132004
    Glad to see Song Pop slipping, hopefully it will be a wake up call for them before it's too late.
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