Beatport have launched a new subscription service for DJs called LINK. The new service lets DJs stream Beatport's catalogue into DJ performance software, starting with Pioneer DJ's WeDJ app and soon into their flagship rekordbox dj. Once LINK lands in rekordbox DJ in Q3 2019, it'll bring with it an ability to access curated playlists, higher quality audio and offline performance mode.
Beatport have also launched CLOUD, a new set of features for the store's "loyal customer base". These include a Needle Drop player, so any part of the track can be previewed, unlimited re-downloads and a new My Library section. Prices start at $4.99 per month for CLOUD and $14.99 per month to add Beatport LINK. You can find out more and click here to subscribe to LINK and CLOUD. LINK will also come with a 30-day trial. Both services are currently in beta.
The news comes off the back of a year of speculation, as Beatport initially announced its intentions to stream its catalogue into DJ software at Ibiza Music Summit 2018. 12 months later, the dance music giant has made good on its promise. The implications of streaming in the booth have been discussed widely – how the new subscription model plays out, we'll have to wait and see. No word yet on when or if LINK is coming to Traktor, Serato or other DJing software but we'd guess it's not far behind. More news as we get it.