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Beatport: The Music Superstore For DJs

Shopping for music online is just a chore. There are dozens of “music superstores” like iTunes or Amazon that claim to have exactly what you want, but fall flat.

Even if you do find the track you’re looking for, you’ll have to pay a pretty penny to download it. Plus, you’re technically only “allowed” to download it to one gadget. You’d never dream about breaking those rules, right?

No one knows this dilemma more than the DJs that spin at clubs. You don’t think those smoking playlists just fall out of the sky, do you? No, they need to hunt down every track and pay ridiculous upcharges to download them individually.

Enter Beatport.com. Not only does this music site offer a boatload of discovery and download tools for DJs, but all of its tracks – it boasts more than 700,000 – are completely DRM-free. That means they can be downloaded, shared and burned to as many CDs as you please.

The limit-free downloads aren’t just good for professionals, either. It gives amateurs a chance to playlist their heart out. Plus, with the RIAA throwing out downloading lawsuits like they’re glowsticks at a dubstep show, it never hurts to buy from stores that stick it to them.

That carefree sharing attitude shows up in other parts of the site, too. Check out the “mixes” and “DJ” pages where just about anyone can submit playlists and tracks. These pages are often visited by some of the hottest DJs in the world and celebrities like Johnny Depp.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for there, the site’s organization system is beyond compare. Forget about non-descriptive genre pages you’ll find on other sites. Beatport organizes things by detailed sub-genres so you don’t have to pour through a bunch of useless tracks to find what you want.

You can even search by mood. Whether you’re looking for pulsating techno or relaxed chill-out beats, Beatport has you covered.

As for price, tracks can be had for as little as $2 a piece. For unlimited, royalty-free access, it’s a deal that can’t be beat.

If that’s not enough to kick start your club career, Beatport sells samples, sound effects and loops, too. Those are also royalty-free, so you don’t have to break the bank to become the next David Guetta.

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15 Nov 2012 | Categories: Arts, Film & Music