Ogopogo is powerful, yet easy to use - here is how it works:

» Import your music collection

When you first start ogopogo, it has to import your music collection. Depending on how much music you have, this may take a while - about 1 minute for about 100 albums / 1000 tracks / 75 hours of music. Ogopogo is designed to help you work with large collections of music, so we recommend to put as much music on your iPad as you can fit. During import, ogopogo does not duplicate any music content, but simply scans and processes what's already in your iTunes music library. Ogopogo does not modify your music library; instead, it keeps its own information on your listening habits.

When the music library on your device is changed (as a result of removing or adding content via iTunes), you need to synchronise ogopogo - go to Settings > Sync Music Library. Usually, this is much faster than the initial import.

» Select your listening context

Ogopogo is context-aware - it learns which music you like to listen to in which situation. The current listening context is shown near the top left corner of the screen, just above the volume slider. Tap this to change your listening context. If you don't find a context label suitable for a particular situation, you can create new contexts in Settings > Add / Delete Listening Contexts.

Although we provide some common contexts, ogopogo associates music with any given context only as you play tracks while that context is selected.

» Fill your play queue and listen to music

From any list containing tracks, albums or lists (except for the play queue itself), you can append items to the play queue by swiping them to the right. Tapping the play button starts playback at the top of the play queue. You can also select items by tapping them and add all selected items to the play queue by tapping "play later".

To rearrange the play queue or to delete items, tap "edit" and move / swipe items a usual.

When the play queue is empty and "auto select" is switched on, ogopogo will select the next track to be played from the hotlist.

Tip: You can add artists and genres to the play queue and control the number of tracks that will be chosen at random in Settings > Play Queue.

Tip: On an iPhone or iPod Touch, you can switch easily between "Now Playing", play queue, hotlist, etc. by swiping left or right with two fingers. On an iPad, swiping right with two fingers from the standard hotlist/play queue view gets you to "Now Playing", and swiping left with two fingers gets you back.

Tip: By swiping from the play or pause button, you can access additional functions, such as "pause at end of track", "fade-in" and "fade-out".

 

» Use the hotlist and the o-button to find and determine what's relevant right now

The hotlist is displayed on the left side of the screen when tapping the hotlist symbol. It contains the tracks, albums, artists and lists in your collection sorted according to how relevant ogopogo believes each item is presently. The order in which items appear in the hotlist matters when searching for music (by typing text into the search box) and, more importantly, when ogopogo auto-selects tracks to be played (when the play queue is empty).

Type text in the search field above the hotlist to filter the items displayed and to easily find ones you are looking for. (This does not change the order or content of the hotlist.) To see the entire hotlist, make sure to clear the search field. To go to the top of the hotlist, tap the very top of the screen above the list (this is an iOS feature that's not too widely known and works with most types of lists).

Tap the o-button to bring up in the hotlist items like the one (or the ones) you selected. This works in any list containing tracks, albums, lists or artists. Tapping the o-button multiple times brings the selected item(s) higher up in the hotlist. The o-button in the current track display (next to the twitter button) is used to bring up more items like the track currently playing.

» Use "auto select" to let ogopogo select music for you

Switch "auto select" (underneath the play queue) on to let ogopogo select the tracks to be played back whenever your play queue is empty. The randomness slider to the right of the auto select switch determines how much ogopogo deviates from the order in which tracks appear in the hotlist at the time an automatic selection is made. Move that slider to "+" if you feel more adventurous.

If ogopogo picks really well, consider using the o-button in the current track display to reinforce that choice - this will encourage ogopogo to select similar tracks in the near future and in similar situations. If ogopogo makes a poor choice, simply skip the track - this will tell ogopogo that you didn't like what it selected and will help it to avoid similar mistakes in the future.

It may take a while to train ogopogo to your listing preferences and habits, since it tries to learn which music you like in various situations rather than just to figure out what you like best overall.

Tracks that have been played (whether they have been selected by you or by ogopogo) will be declared "taboo" for a fixed period of time, during which they will not be selected again automatically. (However, you can always manually select them for playback - "taboo" status only matters for automatic selection.) You can easily recognise "taboo" tracks by the little clock badge displayed in their hotlist entry. The time for which recently played tracks remain "taboo" can be changed in Settings.

» Ready to give it a spin?

Visit ogopogo on the App Store.

» Questions?

Check out our FAQ.

» Missing a feature?

Check out our wishlist.

» Want to see it in action?

Check out our Video Mini-Tutorials (still under construction, more to come soon).