DJ Player 5.8 For iPad Brings Streaming Music

Review Summary:

This update to DJ Player brings with it a host of new features, most notably the inclusion of Deezer, a music streaming service. While the service isn't offered in the US, it's available in 200+ other countries in the world, making it a good alternative if you don't have Spotify where you live.

DJ Player 5.8
  • DJ Player 5.8
  • Rating: 5
  • From: iMect
  • Price: $19.99
  • Reviewed by:
  • On February 26, 2013
  • Last modified:August 18, 2014
With 20 million tunes available, adding Deezer to DJ Player gives the iOS DJ a world of music for instant access... as long as they're online.

With 20 million tunes available, adding Deezer to DJ Player gives the iOS DJ a world of music for instant access... as long as they're online.

Review: DJ Player 5.8 for iPad

With streaming music services revolutionising the way people access music, it was only a matter of time before someone got a streaming music service right there inside an iOS DJ app. This is exactly what iMect, the maker of DJ Player for iPad, has done in the imminent new 5.8 version of that app. By plugging music streaming service Deezer in to DJ Player, the company has neatly offered iPad DJs immediate access to many millions of tunes.

Background

You may not have heard of Deezer, but you will. It is the big rival to Spotify, a streaming service containing over 20 million licensed tracks available for online and offline playback. Currently, Deezer is available in over 200 countries, covering every European country and many others besides (but with the notable omissions of the US and Japan as we write).

As a service, Deezer is easy to use and you can try it for a 15-day free trial, during which there is a limit imposed on how much audio you can stream. The music library is vast and has content for most desires. There are many large labels offering their content via Deezer including Universal, EMI, Warner and Sony BMG.

Within DJ Player, Deezer tracks are only displayed in the library if you are online. (Offline playback of Deezer tracks is only possible using the Deezer app.) This is OK, since we all know how restrictive and costly storage is on iOS devices, but some offline access would nevertheless be preferable. However, it is quite seamless the way you can not only access tracks from your Deezer playlists but browse the Deezer library entirely within the DJ Player library view.

Deezer in DJPlayer library

You can access all your Deezer tracks and search for more within DJ Player.

This is incredibly powerful, especially since DJ Player can analyse those tracks displayed. For example, you could search Deezer for a particular phrase and a stack of tracks get returned in the library view.

The details displayed are the same as any track from your Music Library on the device (including artwork, duration, title and artist). If you start the analysis of these search results you will also see BPM added to the details.

If you load a Deezer track into a deck, it behaves exactly the same as any other track in your Music Library. You can apply cues and loops as normal which are stored ready for the next time the track is loaded. The only difference is that you know the track is being streamed as the waveform gets built every time, but this is a quick process in DJ Player.

Other features

Deezer is the biggest news, but there are some other notable additions:

  • Post-fader FX - If you turn on either of the Space effects (like Echo) and cut the track in and out using the crossfader, the echo will continue even when you've cut the audio of the track completely. You can quickly get some great dubby style sounds going on and it's a pro addition to the software
  • Auto loops and cues combination - This is another cool feature and can be rather effective, depending on where your cue points are placed. Set a bunch of cue points on your track and during playback go into the Loop FX page (for beatgrid dependent auto-looping). Play with the loop increments a bit until you've got a setting you're happy with. Then jump back onto the deck screen and start pressing those cue points. You'll find that the auto loop length is carried with you as those cues are pressed - particularly effective if you've set the loop length to one of the fractional figures and you're then glitching your track up. Great fun and all on-beat too
  • Filter on track library screen - A quick and effective way to bring back a subset of tracks, on which you can sort as normal

There are a few new settings too: you can choose to reset the tempo fader on track load, set maximum cache size, and choose to hide cloud music. The maximum cache size is of more use if you've just analysed your entire library and found that your iOS storage appears to be limited. This ability isn't available on any other DJ app I know of.

Conclusion

DJ Player goes from strength to strength and continues to be one of the most professional-focused DJ app available with a constant supply of fresh surprises for us. The Deezer support is great news. It's not Spotify which means no US coverage, but outside of the US Deezer is actually more widely available.

• UK DJs - An interesting point to note is that if you have an EE/Orange mobile contract, Premium Deezer access is included in your support agreement. There's also a discount on Premium+ available.

Product Summary

Review Summary:

This update to DJ Player brings with it a host of new features, most notably the inclusion of Deezer, a music streaming service. While the service isn't offered in the US, it's available in 200+ other countries in the world, making it a good alternative if you don't have Spotify where you live.

DJ Player 5.8
  • DJ Player 5.8
  • Rating: 5
  • From: iMect
  • Price: $19.99
  • Reviewed by:
  • On February 26, 2013
  • Last modified:August 18, 2014

Are you excited by the idea of having a streaming music service right there in an iOS DJ app? With post-fader FX, DVS and Midi support, do you agree that DJ Player is the most fully specced iOS DJ app out there? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

 

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Comments

  1. Full 5-star ratings! And it’s hungarian!
    Gratulálok! :-)

  2. I used to like DJ Player, but with the established DJ software companies now in the market – Mixvibes with CrossDJ and NI with TraktorDJ – and existing customers expected to pay for a previous update to remove ads, I feel that it is already becoming an also ran.

    • Hi Simon,
      DJ Player is still leading the way for innovation while maintaining stability across several different iOS devices (still runs perfectly on my iPad 1). Once the big guys catch up providing Midi mapping, DVS and building in streaming service or DropBox functionality to broaden your music choice then perhaps…by which point, I suspect DJ Player will have moved the goalposts once again!

      • Agree,

        I use DJ Player with an A&H K2 for mucking around. The other software do not provide midi mapping or soundcard support and customisation. And the after sale support from the developer/CEO is just amazing. He’s just so diligent in fixing any stability issues mentioned (take 5.71 to fix some rare dropout issues with 48khz soundcards). He’s very responsive to feature requests.

        Also, you’re missing the fact that this version also includes in-app recording – a feature I thought was lacking before.

    • Customers before 1st December WHO CAN’T READ need to pay, yes. http://imect.com/deal/

  3. Man, it’s so hard to get anything related to music here in Japan…

  4. yeah!! iMect is ruling the IOS dj world, while traktor is trying to sell that lame “touch dj revolution” app with a new GUI. (for those who don’t know, that’s what their app is)
    I agree with the above comment. Gabor is always available, always helpful, and always bringing new and exciting features.

    • Surely not Touch DJ Evolution by Amidio? Really?

      If that’s true, they’ve certainly spent some time putting heavy polish to it and squashing bugs.

      • amidio…..attigo….hmmm…? sounds kinda similar, look at the app; set up in exactly the same way, too. (just look at the dev names “toyo bunko” haha..)
        i wrote a review of touch dj for sw, but it wasn’t published. it was actually a nice app, i thought.

  5. I still do not like the idea of my music collection not being mine. Right now they offer millions of songs but major record labels will find a way to get you to play what they want you to play especially if they control how you access it. LOL look at Serato and Whitelabel. Maybe that is a bad analogy but you get the idea. I like the idea of streaming my collection from the cloud though. I will stick to Dropbox or Google Drive.

  6. DJ Dennis Olivieira says:

    DJ Player is one of the best DJ Apps in the App store. Traktor DJ is also the Bomb. But is deferent. But can any body tell me what I can buy to boost up the output of a iPad. When i use the iPad on my mixer, I got to turn on my gain I on a maximum level. Sometimes it fun to use de iPad as a third deck next to my CDJ900s. But its drive me crazy when the volume level is so low.

  7. shiveringgoat says:

    DJ Player is a superb app the pace oF development is FIERCE, Yes I agree Gabor is superb communicator. LOVE IT!

  8. This sounds great for all those tracks that people want me to spin but I don’t want to listen to all the time, like wedding dinner music. I do have reservations about depending on a network connection during a gig, but even still I could be a great research and practice tool.

    • it is brilliant,
      1)because it fits with the use mode for listening to music in our modern age; which is instant access to everything we love.
      2)because it shows that iMect is actually innovating, instead of trying to lasso it’s customers into an endless loop of diversion and control and forced purchase…like…eh hemm…ni (which by my account, has actually been detrimental to innovation over the last few years)

  9. or rather it could be a great research and practice tool. I’d love to practice with big band or salsa tracks before buying them outright.

  10. New evolutions, really anxious to know what else the future will bring. Although doubting to play gigs mainly on a online service.

  11. when is it out?

  12. I still love the app (especially the new 5.8 version). I’ve had it since the early versions (at that time the RedBull BPM version) and it’s the best compared to all other apps. I have all the major dj apps and recently also purchased the Traktor DJ. Love their approach as well, but it can’t beat the DJ Player app.

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