The revered Mac and iOS app djay released an update which allows you to simultaneously stream and mix any two tracks at the same time, using Spotify’s streaming service, without any lag. The feature will be available to premium Spotify subscribers, a service that costs $10 per month. Anyone who is both a premium Spotify subscriber and an owner of the app (made by Algoriddim) will have a large library of material to choose from when creating, scratching, rewinding, fast-forwarding, and mixing sets.
If you used the djay app before to throw that awesome frat party or to get some paid gigs at weddings and anniversaries, you know you could only benefit from the songs in your iTune library, which was pretty bad. But now the djay update lets you play with the entire Spotify song catalog. Moreover, the djay update also comes with the holy grail for all DJs on the planet: it sports a learning algorithm that allows the DJ to find songs with similar beats as the ones he is playing. So you want to mix Metallica with Lady Gaga? The algorithm will provide you with a list of possible matching songs, based on the genre and the beats of the songs and your past listening habits. So maybe Metallica and Lady Gaga won’t work as scheduled, but you can have hundreds of combinations available to make your own music.
Does this mean that from now on everybody can become a DJ? Does this mean that technology trumps skills and talents and every “artist” with a cell phone would be able to call himself an “entertainer”?
The people behind djay say that technology helps art to evolve and not to crush it down. They say technology allows now people to make things they couldn’t have made before, allowing them to go as crazy and imaginative as they want.
As for using the djay update, things are quite simple: if you already have the djay app downloaded to your iPhone or iPad, you can simply update it and use the new features for free. If you don’t have the djay, you can purchase the iPhone app version for $.99. This is the discounted price and the offer lasts a week, so you’d better hurry up if you want to become the DJ of your pack.