Beatport just announced a partnership with DJ MP3 record pool DJcity to create Beatsource, a new online music store that caters mainly to open-format DJs who spin with a huge variety of club and chart / top 40 hits. It will launch in the second quarter of 2019, and the catalogue will include pre-release tracks as well as exclusives that typically appear only in promo record pools like DJcity.
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The DJcity MP3 record pool can also be accessed within Beatsource, and plans to integrate it will be completed by the second half of this year. That said, the DJcity MP3 record pool and the original Beatport store will continue to operate independently of each other, so it will be business as usual for current subscribers to the pool.
Streaming coming in 2019
Beatport also announced that Beatsource will be part of Beatport Link, which is the company’s music streaming subscription service. It will allow DJs to access the Beatport catalogue from within DJ software, and now Beatsource will also be an option. Beatport Link is slated to go live in the coming months.
Who’s it for?
This will be exciting news for club and multi-genre mobile DJs: Beatport has always been a music store that’s focused on electronic dance music (eg house, techno, EDM, drum ‘n bass) but lacked pop and chart tunes. DJcity has those in spades, it being one of the most popular record / download pools out there with one of the freshest top 40 catalogues.
Subscription to the DJcity pool is pricey (US$90 for three months) but if you’re a gigging DJ, we think it’s absolutely worth it. Being able to pay for songs “ala carte” through Beatsource though means that you don’t have to pay the subscription fee if you just want a handful of tracks, which is an option for DJs who don’t play out as heavily and don’t always need up-to-the-minute tunes.
Of course, integration into Beatport Link is even more exciting as this means you can do all of your song streaming from within your DJ software. We think it’ll be awesome for mobile and wedding DJs who play a lot of requests at shows.
• This is a developing story and we’ll add more details as they surface.
What do you think of this new partnership between Beatport and DJcity? Do you use any DJ MP3 record pools? Let us know in the comments.