Use This DJ App to Stream, Skip, and Scratch Spotify’s 20 Million Song Catalog
That DJ you hired for your wedding? He may have just become obsolete.
On Thursday morning, the revered Mac and iOS app djay released an update that allows you to simultaneously stream and mix any two tracks at the same time, using Spotify’s streaming service, without any lag.
The feature will be available to premium Spotify subscribers, a service that costs $10 per month. Anyone who is both a premium Spotify subscriber and an owner of the app (made by Algoriddim) will have a large library of material to choose from when creating, scratching, rewinding, fast-forwarding, and mixing sets.
Previously, djay owners were limited to the songs in their iTunes libraries, which could be both costly and storage-intensive.
“Having access to over 20 million songs is like the Holy Grail for someone who wants to mix music,” Algoriddim CEO Karim Morsy — who has been a DJ himself for 15 years — told Yahoo Tech. “This is the future of DJing. We think it’s a whole new era.”
Djay’s overhaul will also contain a learning algorithm that uses technology from The Echo Nest, a company Spotify recently acquired, to match songs with similar beats. So each time a DJ goes to find a new track to mix with the song that’s playing, he’ll be offered a list of potential matches, based on the beats and genre of the song, and his past listening habits.
You can also hook the app up to an automatic match-and-fade setting and let your iPad or iPhone DJ the party itself.
This bodes well for anyone who’s ever been in charge of the tunes at an event and has found herself in unfamiliar genre territory. Even Morsy reminisces about how he could’ve used the tool back in the day.
“I was DJing parties clubs and weddings and what have you,” he told Yahoo Tech. “Sometimes I couldn’t take on a gig, like a wedding, for example, if they said, ‘OK but the bride is into rock music.’ I was more of a hip-hop and electronic DJ, so I had the skills to make the transitions and everything, but I didn’t have the musical knowledge.”
And what does this mean for DJs? Is this yet another case in which technology will make a career obsolete? Though Morsy admits that even he felt his app’s new matching feature outwitted him sometimes, having such a gigantic library of source material will expand the practice, not kill it.
“Whenever there’s technology that simplifies certain things in an art form, I think it elevates the art form to the next level,” he said. “For example, being able to draw a straight line. When you’re using Photoshop, it removes that skill. You don’t need it anymore. But it allows you to create art on a much higher level, because now you can build 100,000 straight lines very quickly. and by that you can create things that you weren’t able to create before with a pen. Just practicing now a little we came up with lots of crazy ideas.”
Any of the 10 million people who have already downloaded the djay iPhone or iPad app will simply be able to update the app to access this new technology for free. If not, you’ll have a chance to download the iPhone app for free (discounted for a week from $1.99) or the iPad app for $4.99 (discounted for a week from $9.99).
Here’s a quick run-through of the new features:
When you first open the app, you’ll be asked to log in (or sign up) via your Spotify account.