Reboot and Rally: Beatport
Although less socially stigmatized, my addiction destroys my productivity, alienates loved ones and empties my wallet. Thankfully, I was introduced toBeatport, a music site dedicated to all things electronic.
When I started to get into electronic dance music, I quickly found that the standard music delivery services simply didn’t cut it. iTunes and Amazon are great for popular songs, but I found it very difficult to find new music from up-and-coming progressive house or dubstep artists.
As a DJ, I can’t illegally download music. If I ever got caught getting paid to play stolen music, I’d spend more time in jail than thePiggyback Bandit. I needed to find something or my addiction was going to consume me.
Beatport didn’t cure my music addiction, but it has helped me manage it. The site’s mission statement is clear — it wants to deliver the greatest variety of electronic music to as many people as possible. To this end, Beatport does five things right.
First, the site offers high quality, extended previews. Beatport doesn’t mess around with 30-second clips. The previews for each track allow you hear every important part of the song.
They’re all at least a couple minutes long and include the buildup and the bass drop. They all sound great too, so you always know what you’re about to buy.
Second,Beatport ranks the top selling music in every EDM genre. Even if you don’t know the difference between progressive house and electro house, you’re able to browse the best music in each world. This allows you to find great music that you generally won’t run into on iTunes.
Third,nearly every major artist publishes his top-10 tracks a few times every year. If you ever wonder what’s the secret behind Axwell’s song selection, you can find out on Beatport. Browsing DJ charts is a great way to discover the unknown dance tracks that will absolutely crush a dance party.
Fourth,every purchased track is available in multiple file formats. Are you an MP3 guy or a lossless WAV fan? If you use Beatport, it doesn’t matter. After you purchase a song, you pick your download format from a variety of options. You never have to worry about compatibility issues, and every file is available at the highest quality possible.
Fifth,the MyBeatport feature allows you to track your favorite artists and record labels. Although tracking your favorite artist is nothing new, the ability to track your favorite record labels is a very undervalued feature. I’m a huge Afrojack fan, so I elected to follow his Wall record label. Beatport told me about every new release from the label and introduced me to R3hab, a rising young DJ signed by Afrojack. Now, R3hab is one of my favorite DJs and I would have never found him if it wasn’t for Beatport.
Additionally, Beatport goes above and beyond the call of duty by emailing you updates from your MyBeatport list.
The only downside to Beatport is its price. Because of the high quality music and the extended previews, songs on Beatport are relatively expensive. New songs are usually $2.50 but you can find older releases for $1.50. I know I’ve dropped over $100 on songs from Beatport this term, but I’ve started to cool off. It’s expensive but it’s worth it if you love music as much as I do.