Serato DJ 1.9 introduces streaming from Pulselocker
When Serato DJ 1.9 is released users will have the added feature of being able to stream music directly from Pulselocker, a electronic dance music focused subscription service.
In order to reap the benefits of this new feature you will need to subscribe to Pulselocker Pro and what this will mean is full access to 44 million tracks in their catalogue. Direct from Serato DJ 1.9 you will be able to search for, play, and even keep offline copies of any tracks you play.
Off course if you only use wav or aiff files when DJing this service won’t be suitable. Tracks are available as 320kbps MP3’s or sometimes only 256kbps (apparently some labels only supply this).
Tracks will be provided at 320kbps MP3 quality (or 256kbps where that is the best provided by the record label), and the killer feature here is that DJs can easily keep offline libraries of music from Pulselocker, which they can use for DJing with within Serato DJ.
The offline playlist feature in Serato DJ 1.9 is imperative to this working as no DJ would be comfortable that his/her internet connection would be strong enough, especially in South Africa where we have pretty average connectivity at the best of times.
Another perceived barrier is the cost of bandwidth. You don’t want to have to pay for bandwidth every time you play a song. This is why offline playlists in Serato DJ 1.9 is such an important feature. You can choose to save the tracks you play often on your computer and therefore not have to stream these each time.
If you’re a mobile DJ who plays private functions, weddings, birthdays etc, the best option would be to carry a wireless internet dongle so that you could guarantee yourself an 80-90% chance of being online almost anywhere. This way you would be able to take requests and pretty much play almost any track asked for.
Pulselocker’s CEO, Ben Harris says: “The concept is simple; sign up for a Pulselocker account and discover, listen, organize and play with our entire catalogue of music within Serato DJ. With the unprecedented capabilities of Pulselocker such as unlimited offline storage, we look forward to seeing this integrated tightly into the Serato DJ software.”
This streaming service with Dj software may be new in Serato DJ 1.9 but it by no means the first of its kind. Virtual DJ, djay2/djay Pro and others have also partnered with consumer services before but Pulselocker is certainly the most dedicated dance music portal so far.