Serato just announced the public release of Serato DJ 1.9, which includes Pulselocker streaming integration. This “out of beta” version lets users in countries where Pulselocker is available DJ with over 44 million songs from the Pulselocker catalogue either through streaming them or storing them offline for later playback. Pulselocker claims to be the only legal music streaming option that you can DJ with legally in public DJ sets, and costs US$19.99/month to subscribe. It comes with a two-week free trial.
With Serato DJ (and Rekordbox later on) teaming up with Pulselocker, and Virtual DJ 8 with its own ContentUnlimited catalogue, will we be seeing Traktor follow suit? And will subscribing to a service like Pulselocker for streaming / offline caching be the way forward for digital DJs as opposed to paying for individual tracks?
• Serato DJ 1.9 is now available, and comes with a two-week free trial subscription to Pulselocker for users in the USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium and The Netherlands. Check the Serato website for more details.
What do you think of music streaming for DJs? Is subscribing to catalogues and “renting” tunes the future for digital DJs? Or would you rather have your own tunes in your own library that you paid for instead? Tell us below.