Democratic Play is a communal vote-based playlist feature. It is meant to be used in situations where you have many users and a single output source. Some examples would be an office with a central stereo or a bar / club. There are two types of users on a democratic playlist. Voters and Admins. Voters can only add/remove their votes to/from the playlist. They are only allowed one vote per trac. Admins have all the same rights except they can also completely remove a song from the playlist. All democratic playlists also have a Base Playlist. The base playlist is what is used when there are no voted songs. Once a song has been played via democratic play it is removed from the playlist.
All democratic playlists have a set of properties. They affect who is assigned to the playlist, and how the playlist behaves.
When a player requests a democratic playlist item Ampache uses the following rules to determine which song should be played. A reasonable effort will be made to respect the cooldown rule, however in the interest in providing continuous music if Ampache fails to find a song that does not violate the cooldown rule after 5 tries it will simple return what it has found.
First you must enable Democratic Play in your Ampache installation. It is found under Preferences, Server Config, System. Next switch to the Home sidebar menu and click on Manage Playlist under Democratic to create your first democratic playlist. Once you have created the democratic playlist any users who whishes to vote on the playlist must be set to the Democratic play type. In order to actually start using the Democratic Playlist you must click on the Send icon to the right of the playlist name. This will generate and send the correct URL based on your current play method. To avoid abnormal results it is recommended to only have one source reading any one democratic playlist at any one time.
Once you have created your democratic playlist all you need to do to vote for songs is set your play type to Democratic and then use ampache as you would normally, selecting songs and streaming them to the democratic playlist. As an admin if you would like your users to not have the option to change their play method away from democratic play see Web Preferences.