Beatport, an SFX Entertainment company and the trusted home of the global dance music community, released a mobile app for iOS and Android devices today that will allow fans of electronic music to take all the features of the new Beatport experience with them on the go.
“The evolution of Beatport involves far more than just streaming music,” said Greg Consiglio, President and COO of SFX. “We’ve built the definitive home of electronic music in all forms and formats, including festivals and events, streaming, music downloads and news and information available on web and mobile.”
With the first-ever official Beatport mobile app, Beatport users can:
● Discover millions of new tracks and music from thousands of labels with new music being added daily
● Access and stream all the charts and playlists available on Beatport.com
● Stream any track “hearted” on the Beatport service, as well as view any DJ, event, or other profile marked as favorites.
● Browse events and explore performances near them using their smartphone’s location features, with links out to ticketing options.
The app is free and available on iOS and Android platforms. T-Mobile US, Inc. is a Charter Partner for the new music streaming service and app, and T-Mobile will be integrated prominently with its own profile page and playlist highlighting exclusive benefits for their customers including music downloads at no additional cost and access to event tickets. T-Mobile un-leashed music for customers last year when it launched Music Freedom to allow Simple Choice customers to stream all the music they want on America’s fastest nationwide LTE network − without hitting their monthly high-speed data. Additionally, because live events are a critical component of electronic music culture, Beatport today added several features that bring the live experience to the new Beatport platform, including an electronic music event calendar and scheduling tool, and a live video streaming platform:
Beatport Shows (beta):
Beatport Shows is the most robust calendar of electronic music events available. Listings include not only events produced by Beatport parent company SFX Entertainment—the largest global producer of live events and digital entertainment focused exclusively on electronic music culture—but Beatport has also partnered with Bandsintown to include the company’s entire database of events relevant to the electronic music community to ensure a robust listing of shows from day one.
Fans can create a customized calendar by “favorite-ing” preferred shows and events, search for nearby shows based on location, stream music from the acts performing, and connect to ticket purchasing outlets. In the coming months, Beatport intends to add a native ticketing experience, as well as give any individual DJ or promoter the ability to list their shows themselves as they’re scheduled.
Beatport Live (beta):
A new video streaming platform where fans can watch live and recorded streams of DJs performing, broadcast in high-quality audio and HD video, along with aggregated social activity from Twitter and Instagram, with the ability to subscribe to updates about new streams.
Active channels during the beta launch of this feature include the Beatport Sessions channel, consisting of live and archived streams from Beatport’s Denver and Berlin offices, and, soon, live streams from SFX events. Future versions of Beatport Live are planned to allow any DJ to broadcast any set live.
The original Beatport music download service, designed for DJs requiring high-quality files for performance and remixing, remains a core focus.Renamed Beatport Pro, it is available at pro.beatport.comand is integrated throughout the new streaming service giving fans one click access to buy any track streamed.
“The release of the new Beatport marks the first step towards an aggressive and ambitious roadmap ahead,” said Beatport Chief Product Officer Richard Ziade. “In the months to follow and on a regular basis, features will be added across the Beatport suite of products. The aim is twofold, to bring more features and functionality to fans of electronic dance music, and to empower both fans and artists to bring their own forms of expression to the platform.”
Kieran J. MacIntyre is a voracious music nerd of all genres, bass player and managing editor of M&C Music. You can find him on Twitter