Electronic music store Beatport has updated its mobile app to v1.2, for the first time giving access to everyone, not just paying subscribers.
The app allows any Beatport subscriber, including those who only have a store login, to explore the site, listen to two minutes of all tracks, make and edit playlists, and audition those playlists on shuffle.
Subscribers to any Beatport Streaming (previously Beatport Link) plan from the $10 plan upwards can listen to complete tracks, and also play them in full within DJ software and systems, either Beatport’s free Beatport DJ web app, or via integrations in Serato DJ Pro, Traktor, Rekordbox DJ and so on.
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Just like the website, the app allows users to follow genres, artists and labels, and stay up to date with new releases from their choices. However, to actually purchase tracks, you still need to use the website itself.
If you get all of your music from Beatport, this is a good app, giving you easy mobile access to Beatport for the purpose of discovery and building playlists. It’s a lot better than the first version from last year.
But what we’d really like to see is the catalogues of Beatport and Beatsource, the “open format” sister company to Beatport, merged into one DJ music app. The divide between the two appears to us to be artificial, and apps and systems like this work best when you can manage all your music this way, not just music from one particular store.
Where we understand that commercial economics mean Beatport is unlikely to ever co-operate with other brands of electronic download store, merging with Beatsource is something that is surely a possibility? Then such an app would be so much more useful to so many more DJs.
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