To all the new and soon-to-be bards,
1. Take Turns and play nice.
Sometimes there will be seveal bard-types in one place (usually around Dunby square). These people deserve the same respect you believe you should get. They have the same rights you have to play their songs. To avoid overplay and arguments, take turns and be kind to each other. Remeber, buffs play perfectly and play skill doesn't so if their tuner fails let them have a few chances to get it right before stealing their turn.
2. Never use auto-play in public.
Why? It's rude, It doesn't give anyone else a turn to play music and makes noise polution whenever you get a bad play. Do not do it. If you have to train using auto-play do it in a tent so you don't run out of stamina or use your homestead for music training.
3. Do not overplay.
Since the bard update there has been a wide-spread bug. When someone is playing a song and you appear from another channel, homestead, or first login then you don't hear any currently playing music. If you jump right in you may be stomping someone else's music. To avoid this look around. Buffs have special effects you can still see even if you cannot hear and magic music has visible effects, and the begging box only shows when someone is playing. If you see these things, do not play your own song as you will be overplaying.
There are very few songs that last more than 5 minutes. I have a couple posted to the library, so I know. Still, waiting a few minutes and listening is the easiest way to avoid overplaying others.
4. Mabi's random music is noise polution. Do not spam that krap in public (for buffs or training).
If you have to spam buffs in public, use a silent trainer scroll. it's written like this, "L8rrrrrrrr" without the quotes. Spamming any music is as bad as auto-play and ruins the chances anyone else can play a real song.
5. Try to be polite about the music.
Even if it's not the sort you personally like, someone went to the trouble to bring it into Mabi because they liked it. So long as a song is not intentionally disharmonious or intentionally annoying then it's a good song. Saying that a song is krap just because you don't enjoy it is rude and can cause serious hurt feelings.
To those who argue about autoplay or overplay using the argument "you just turn off your sound".
No, you are the one violating other's rights to expression by making a hostile environment to other music. Nexon gave everyone homesteads, so use your homestead to spam default music or buffs or autoplay.
Telling people to turn their sound off because you want to polute the audio channels is disrespectful to every bard and every person who wants to hear music. There are players who cannot conveniently turn off their sound, and to them this polution is mean (and sometimes painful).
In the end, all spamming gets you is blacklisted by many people who might have been your audience if you had trained in a less rude manner.