Beatport has just announced Beatport Pro, a free updated version of its offline store browser for Mac, but now with tools and features aimed squarely at helping DJs organise their music collections too. It claims to offer a more convenient and specialised music library management solution for DJs, with better genre, metadata and filter handling, and the ability to work with samples and stems as easily as whole tracks.
What’s more, as Beatport Pro’s library can be “read” inside DJ software in the same way your iTunes library can, Beatport is claiming on this basis that it “integrates seamlessly with Rekordbox, Traktor and Serato” – making it the first non-iTunes music organisation software to do this.
New, DJ-friendly search filters and tag attributes let you view and search your DJ music library in creative ways, plus you can add extended metadata information to your entire collection from within the app (batch processing) – something it’s hard to find in Mac ID3 tag editors. The software appears to work fine with all music, not just that bought from the Beatport store.
Our first thoughts
While iTunes may be the most practical media library software (which is why the vast majority of DJs use it), it isn’t the most powerful and is designed for general music and media management not specifically for DJs, so it’s not perfect at this task by any means. As DJ music libraries continue to grow in size and complexity, there is an increasing need for management software that can intelligently categorise audio types and parse collections based on more specialised search criteria and attributes. Beatport Pro is the first serious stab at filling in that niche for us DJs, and as long as it does indeed handle all your music (and not just Beatport purchases) in the same way, it is definitely worth a closer look.
Those who know us well at Digital DJ Tips will know that far from seeing music library organisation as a non-glamorous chore, we think it’s probably the most important thing that separates good DJs from great ones, and have dedicated many column inches and video minutes to helping our readers get this right – so we’re very much looking forward to bringing you our view on Beatport Pro in the next week or so having played with it. Watch this space!
• The software is due for release imminently, for Mac only, and is free. Find out more on the Beatport Pro website.
What do you think of this? Are you tired of having to create playlists in iTunes? Are you in want of a more efficient music management app, or on the other hand, are you content with creating playlists from within your DJ software? Let us know in the comments below!