DENON DJ today announced that they'll be updating their PRIME series DJ hardware to include streaming capabilities. The new update, which will be rolled out throughout the summer, will include streaming directly from Beatport, SoundCloud, TiDAL and Beatsource without a computer.
As the PRIME series hardware is already WiFi- and Ethernet-ready, users will log in to their relevant accounts and can access pre-made playlists and curated ones. Beatport PRO users (prices for the PRO subscription are yet to be confirmed) can download up to 100 tracks to store on the device for offline play and tracks that you stream are cached as they're loaded to avoid any dropout issues.
To load a track, users simply search the appropriate service using the touch screen. You can add hot cues and loop points to the streamed tracks, though it's not clear how much metadata is stored on the streamed track, or if the waveforms are instantly visible or if an analysis process is required.
Either way, it's a huge step forward for DJ technology, and one we expected to happen much later than one week after Beatport's announcement. Questions around how the artists and labels will be compensated are still unclear, but we intend to find out at our panel at IMS on Wednesday, May 22nd at 12:30 pm.
As with all new DJ tech, it'll take some time and testing to bed in and really develop its potential, but for now it looks like DENON DJ have won the race to stream directly to hardware. Meanwhile, Pioneer DJ yesterday revealed a new Virgil Alboh collab transparent CDJ and mixer.