The current way that playlists are organised (under various national flags) is quite difficult to fully understand, and it is not an easy system to navigate... Also, there is a good deal of inconsistency in how the playlists are named. I'll quickly outline my major bugbears in point form (to help keep this as short as possible):-
1. Sometimes the default flag can be misleading. (e.g. I'm in Ireland and my default flag in SP is the US one. I know some players from the Netherlands whose default flag is the UK one rather than the Dutch one... It's a bit random!)
2. It is difficult to locate the flag-specific lists as all the 'general' lists appear under every national flag. (e.g. Under the Turkish flag, there is a long scroll past all the international playlists before you will see any of the 3 dedicated Turkish lists,)
3. In some cases, there are so few dedicated playlists that belong to a particular flag... the flag seems hardly worthy of inclusion. (e.g. Just 2 dedicated Polish lists, and only 3 dedicated Dutch, Argentinian, and Turkish lists.)
4. To reach a list such as "UK TV Themes" it is a very long scroll. When using an iPod, a long scroll like this will cause the SP app to crash & shut down.
5. Only 15 nations are represented in SongPop. No Japan, Russia, India or Romania... yet Poland somehow warrants inclusion... It's unnecessarily divisive.
6. Some lists (e.g. Today's Hits, 90's Love Songs, Male Singers, 70's Collection) have versions under other flags that have *identical* names. It is impossible to tell which version it is when choosing a playlist. why not re-name as "Today's Hits (UK)" or "70's Collection (CAN)" etc?
7. The general lists that appear under most flags, sometimes do not get filed under some flags. (e.g. It seems like a glitch, but many general playlists are [perhaps randomly] excluded from the Canadian, Polish, and Turkish flags.)
8. Some lists names are incorrectly punctuated. (e.g. "Ultimate 90's" [UK version] uses an apostrophe, whereas "Ultimate 90s" [US version] does not. (The US version of the punctuation is grammatically incorrect.) These types of punctuation errors are common. (Speaking of which, it's strange how "Cheesy 80's Fun" has no exclamation mark, while "Cheesy 90's Fun!" does...)
9. Capitalisation is inconsistent in playlist names. (e.g. "Hits von heute" should be "Hits Von Heute" considering the capitalisation in lists such as "Best Of SongPop" and "End Of The World") (another e.g. "Summers 1980-85" vs "Summers 85-90". Why does the "19" go in front of one, but not the other?)
10. In certain screens in the game (e.g. the "Owned Lists" section and on the "Playlist selection" page)... there is no way of telling which flag a list belongs under.
Ok... so points 8, 9, and 10 are a bit nit-picking... but still. there is huge scope to improve these things for the massive user base.
I have some suggestions for how to address the issues:-
1. Abolish the "national flags" filing system. It was never a good idea.
2. Instead, file ALL playlists in the same place. (with the possible exception of the Special Playlists, which can continue to be filed under their own tab).
3. To avoid the excessive scroll, split the huge list of 400+ playlists into several numbered pages arranged alphabetically. (These pages replace the old flags)
4. The dedicated lists that used to appear under one national flag only will now be marked by a flag icon next to their name. (e.g. "Svenska Hits" would be marked with a small Swedish flag next to its name.)
5. These flag icons would appear on all screens where the playlist is listed... This includes the "Choose a Playlist from these 3 options" screen.
6. If a user clicks on a national flag in the main list of playlists, that instantly brings them to a list of playlists dedicated to that particular nation. (e.g clicking on the Dutch flag next to "Total Dutch" would bring up a Dutch only page containing just "Today's Hits (NL)", "Total Dutch", and "Ultimate 2000's (NL)".)
7. Do an overhaul on playlist names, capitalisation, punctuation etc. just to standardise those basic things, and make everything look that bit slicker.
8. This way, all playlists would be considered general international lists... except for the ones that are specifically marked as US only, or French only etc.
9. Another advantage is the playlist creators would not be restricted by the nations included in the game. They could introduce a South African list one week, and a Russian one the next... without the hassle of having to add a new international flag into a poorly conceived filing system.
10. Under this system, there would be no fear of any lists being 'lost' or overlooked by users. As everything would be visible, clear, and arranged alphabetically, rather than being 'hidden away' under an unpopular national flag.
Thanks for taking the time to read through this... And hopefully someone from Freshplanet likes this idea, or at least is in favour of doing something different from the current slightly clunky flag system... :)
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