Introducing: Lofi Rooms 🎧

Introducing: Lofi Rooms 🎧

Lofi music has been exploding in popularity (and for good reason). It's the perfect background music for focusing and getting lost in your work.

A couple years ago, I started listening to lofi music on YouTube while I worked. What surprised me was seeing how many people were listening to the same music. As I was grinding through a project late into the night, I felt a sense of comfort and community knowing that other people were around.

Lofi YouTube streams show how many people are currently listening

That's where I got the initial idea for Lofi Rooms in Pragli. Anyone can hop into the room and enjoy the same music together. It's a way for coworkers to feel passively connected while working on their projects. You simply create a room within Pragli that's public to your team.

How to create a Lofi Room in Pragli
How to create a Lofi room in Pragli

Features of the Lofi Rooms

Multiple Channels

You can configure a Lofi Room to play one of 15 different stations.

Different station options when creating a Lofi room in Pragli
Pragli Lofi room station options

Changing a station changes it for everyone in the room. If you want to listen to a different station, you can create multiple Lofi Rooms set to different stations. Our own Pragli team has two Lofi Rooms: one for low BPM 🥶 "chill" music and one for high BPM 🔥 "techno" music.

No Audio or Video Chat in Lofi Rooms

You can't directly talk or video call with each other while in the Lofi Room. The room type is designed to be an ambient experience. We don't want people to be disrupted by side conversations or background noise. We're recreating the atmosphere of working in a coffee shop with friends, where all of you are working on deep work.

Easily Pause or Change Volume

We provide multiple controls to pause the audio stream, adjust the volume, and switch stations.

Command Palette

Cmd K allows you to switch to a different Lofi channel
Cmd K allows you to switch to a different Lofi channel

Menu Bar

You can pause or adjust the volume using the menu bar
You can pause or adjust the volume using the menu bar

Task Bar

The floating task bar also allows you to pause or change the volume
The floating task bar also allows you to pause or change the volume

GIFS

YouTube streams are distracting. There's a ton of UI that's unnecessary.

Distracting upsells and UI chrome called out with red boxes
There are a lot of distractions in the YouTube lofi streams

Rather than showing the video stream directly within the Lofi Room, we selected a couple looping GIFs (sakura and cityscape) that kept the experience minimal and calming. You can also turn off the looping GIF if you prefer a still image.

Example of Sakura GIF in Lofi Rooms

Future of Lofi Rooms

This is the first launch of Lofi Rooms so of course we plan to keep iterating on it! Here are a few of the ideas we have in mind:

  1. Increased GIF catalog
  2. Controlling which GIF is playing
  3. Display reactions to songs
  4. Add different music genres and stations such as Soma FM

What do you think of the Lofi rooms so far? Is there anything you'd like to see?

What is Pragli?

Pragli is a team communication platform that makes remote and hybrid work more fast, fun, and inclusive.

Our product is currently completely free - try it out at https://pragli.com/

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