In the latest release of Rekordbox DJ, version 5.6.1, Pioneer DJ has enabled the possibility to stream tracks using Beatport LINK and Soundcloud GO+.
Beatport LINK is probably the most interesting option for DJ’s, especially if Beatport was already your source for DJ music before. The huge library of 6 million tracks is readily available, and you can even store tracks offline (50 or 100, depending on your plan).
The catch here is in the pricing. Beatport LINK comes in many packages, and none of them is really cheap:
The Beatport cloud is access to your already purchased tracks. Beatport LINK starts at 14.99 USD/month, but you need to go to the PRO plan to get the Offline locker for 50 tracks, and that costs a cool 39.99 USD/month. That’s not cheap, and considering the fact that DJ’s will want to have as many tracks as possible safely stored locally, 50 tracks is not a huge amount of local storage for the money.
Soundcloud GO+ is only 9.99 USD/month, but don’t expect the same amount of integration as with Beatport LINK. For example, there is no offline mode there.
If you want to know what is possible with these services and what is not, check out the (rather depressing to be honest) FAQ from Pioneer DJ here. A small extract:
Can I record my sets when I’m streaming music?
This isn’t possible because you can only record music you’ve purchased.
So yeah, there are many limitations, but streaming and DJing are going to come together more and more, that’s unavoidable. It won’t be cheap, but if you are a professional DJ and depend on it financially, investing in a few premium streaming services certainly gives you access to a much larger collection than that you could ever buy track by track.
KEY FEATURES OF REKORDBOX VER.5.6.1
SEAMLESS INTEGRATION FROM SELECTED STREAMING SERVICES TO REKORDBOX DJ
Download or stream tracks from Beatport LINK and SoundCloud Go+ and use many of the features in rekordbox dj to craft creative sets. The application will analyze the BPM, Key and waveform for each track you import, and you can set and save Hot Cues and Loops. This means you can perform in the same way you would with music stored on your PC/Mac, and you can mix in tracks from either source whenever you want.
BROWSE BEATPORT LINK AND SOUNDCLOUD GO+ CHARTS AND PLAYLISTS VIA REKORDBOX DJ
Take advantage of the streaming services’ powerful track search features without leaving rekordbox dj. Browse the charts compiled by each platform for different genres of music, as well as user-created playlists, directly from rekordbox dj, our music management application. Also with SoundCloud Go+, you can find and select music from your listening history, liked songs, and tracks of people you’re following, all from the tree view within rekordbox dj.
RELATED TRACKS: EASILY FIND MUSIC RELATED TO THE TRACK YOU’RE PLAYING
Use the original Related Tracks feature in rekordbox dj to automatically find tracks that are suitable to play next. The list is displayed in the tree view and is based on the metadata of the tracks you’re currently playing. This helps you discover music you might not have found by yourself and build sets with tracks that mix together well.
Pricing and Availability
Free (not counting the price of the streaming service), and available now.