Alternatives To Beatport

Most DJs primarily use digital file formats such as MP3 and WAV in their sets. They can be downloaded around the clock in a user-friendly way from anywhere in the world, and then conveniently stored on a hard drive, USB stick or in the cloud.

One of the most popular online platforms for downloading electronic music is Beatport. DJs use an extremely wide range of popular service to keep up to date with the latest events. According to Beatport, there are nine million tracks in their own store. In addition to exclusive releases, pre-orders and editorial recommendations, the Beatport charts in particular show the importance of the portal: in the industry, chart positions as measured by sales figures are still considered an award. High ratings give hope for a lot of attention from DJs’ clients and, at best, are rewarded with bookings.

Beatport has proven to be a very reliable platform. There are a number of reasons to think outside the box as a DJ. On the one hand, the market leader is not always the cheapest provider on the market. On the other hand, it only offers MP3, WAV and AIFF file formats. You won’t find the open FLAC format here.

On the other hand, the company’s financial shortcomings have repeatedly shown that when looking for new music for your sets, you should not make yourself dependent on one supplier. Last but not least, constantly looking for new electronic music in Beatport’s comfort zone is not very inspiring. Alternative portals can provide a refreshing boost when looking for unknown artists through other sales concepts, curated content, and their own search algorithms: inside and label type. That is why, in this review, we would like to introduce you to several Beatport alternatives.

Juno Download was founded in 2006 and is an independent platform of the renowned UK online vinyl store Juno Records. With over five million tracks in its portfolio, Juno Download is the obvious alternative to Beatport for DJs. With MP3 audio formats at 192 or 320 kbps, WAV, FLAC, AIFF and ALAC, the service covers an even wider range of formats than Beatport. Through collaboration with labels, Juno Downloads also offers exclusive releases. However, Juno Download is not only interesting for buying digital electronic music, the range of offers also includes sample packs, like Beatport. In addition, the Juno Web Player can be integrated into your own website, similar to SoundCloud.

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Bleep was launched in 2004 by London-based label Warp Records. In the first four years, only music downloads were sold. In 2008, the portal was expanded to include the sale and distribution of physical audio media. The website features a carefully curated selection of music releases from UK and international independent labels that have made a name for themselves in the electronic music industry. Downloads are available in MP3, WAV and FLAC audio formats. In addition, some high resolution 24-bit WAV files can be obtained. For the price, both formats are not inferior to Beatport.

7Digital. Where Beatport stands out for its community and its status is the clean numbers on the 7Digital download store. With over 81 million songs (9 million tracks in the Beatport store) and MP3 and FLAC purchase options, you have a wide range of choices. While 7Digital costs a bit more than Beatport, if you want to browse music outside of the genres Beatport has to offer, you’re unlikely to find a store with that many tracks. In addition, more and more titles are available in high-quality 24-bit FLAC format. There are no uncompressed WAV files on 7Digital.

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