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Beatport’s streaming service integrated into Pioneer’s Rekordbox software

By | Published on Tuesday 2 July 2019


Beatport’s new streaming service for DJ’s – that’s Beatport Link – is now available in the public beta of the latest version of Pioneer’s Rekordbox DJing software.

Announced earlier this year, Beatport Link is the dance music focused digital firm’s second foray into streaming, the first occurring during its time under SFX ownership. The new service is focussing on DJs rather than general consumers.

Noting that existing offerings that allow you to mix streamed music don’t provide functionality required by professional DJs – mainly the ability to download tracks for offline play – Beatport aims to overcome this and take the lead in a potentially lucrative market.

Rekordbox already requires a subscription to access its DJing features, though the Beatport add-on will bump that up considerably. It’s $39.99 per month for a package allowing you to store 50 tracks offline, and $59.99 if you want to download 100.

The key to the service is that integrates directly and hopefully seamlessly into your DJ software, providing recordings that it promises will be higher quality that 320kbps MP3s. Tracks can also be purchased from the Beatport download store and included in the same library.

“At present, most DJs can’t easily stream music directly into a club set-up”, says Beatport CEO Robb McDaniels. “With our offline locker technology, laptop DJs can now store tracks offline to play without worrying about wi-fi”.

He adds: “This game changing technology will give DJs a huge selection of new tracks they can confidently take to gigs to combine with their download collections. We’re excited to work with Pioneer DJ on this next evolution, and you can expect further integrations throughout 2019”.

As well as the public beta of the new Rekordbox software for Mac, Beatport Link is also available on Pioneer’s WeDJ iOS app.