Beatport Is Launching a Free Streaming Service

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The Wall Street Journal reports that SFX Entertainment will relaunch Beatport in 2015, adding a streaming service to the electronic music store. Users will be able to stream the store’s catalog for free. The service will be supported by advertisements. The company is currently working on securing licensing agreements with labels.

The streaming service will be an extension of Beatport Pro, a new beta version of Beatport’s store. There is also a Beatport Pro application for Macs, which is like an iTunes for DJs.

Many DJs use Beatport to buy music for their sets, but this streaming service would likely discourage the average listener from paying for music. The online store already offers two minute previews of tracks.

 

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6 Responses

  1. Versus

    Beatport Pro is so ugly and unusable. What used to fit on one screen in Beatport now requires endless scrolling and navigating around. Why is this the trend in web re-design?

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  2. Anon

    Im not sure the service going to be quite whats described here, i.e. ad funded streaming over the entire catalogue. At least not initially.

    Discussions with labels seemed to indicate a self serve type approach, where labels upload content they are happy to have ad supported and that this content will sit on a seperate ‘service’ targeting the mainstream edm fan (vs the dj) who doesn’t anyway buy anything on Beatport.

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