We hope you’re all well and safe during these days. We want you to know that we’re here to support you as much as ever. And we realize that, maybe especially during the current global situation, DJing and music are more important than ever to escape the news for awhile.
As you know we’ve recently added new streaming services to djay with features that are first of their kind. Today, we’d like to share with you important information about the future of streaming in djay. We’ve received questions from the community recently about this topic, and now that we can officially share a clear picture, we wanted to thank you for your patience and update you on some important changes coming to 3rd party DJ apps, including djay.
As of July 1, 2020, Spotify will no longer be playable through 3rd party DJ apps.
You’ll still be able to use Spotify in djay until the end of June 2020. Going forward, we’ve prepared steps for you to easily transition to another supported streaming service. Most importantly, we understand building a music library takes time and effort, so we’ve set up an easy-to-use process for you to migrate all your songs and playlists to the new service.
Please know that we are here to help every step of the way. Despite the current situation around the world, our Support Team is here for you and remains as committed as ever to helping you in any way we can. If you have any additional questions, feel free to reach out to us at any time.
Your Algoriddim Team
Something in my head is thinking, Spotify got a better deal. Maybe Dennon of Pioneer... we will see.
It's strange that other platforms keep on working on streaming platforms. A hell of a loss for Djay.
Please check out our website for a brief comparison of TIDAL and SoundCloud paired with djay along with links for more information. You can find it here: www.algoriddim.com/streaming-migration
In addition, TIDAL is offering a special 3-month free offer for new users with djay. You can find out more about this offer on the TIDAL migration page.
Been a djay Pro user for a long time now, especially when they jumped "in bed" with Spotify. And while they have had their fair share of growing pains, it has gotten better with each incremental update.
I'm not exactly sure why the switch, but back in January, I could see the writing on the wall, for sure. As algoriddim has touted Tidal and Soundcloud, Spotify had become less prominent.
As for the future? My guess would be Apple Music will eventually have full integration with djay Pro. For those that have followed from the get-go, Apple has always had their hand in djay, in one form or another. At one time, the original Vestax djay controller was actually sold in Apple stores, and on their site.
Not too long ago, you guys even posted a news article about Apple CEO Tim Cook, taking a tour of algoriddim's offices in Germany. That alone speaks volumes.
It wouldn't surprise me in the least, if Apple bought outright (or at least part) of djay Pro, and offered it as an upgrade in Apple Music. It makes sense. To much chagrin of most users, algoriddim had been toying with the idea of already charging for a monthly subscription service for their iPad version. I guess most people don't know how R&D works.
To be able to sustain a future, developing and implementing new upgrades and features costs money. And by sending out free updates, algoriddim isn't generating new revenue, aside from new sales of the software. And while DJing has definitely increased in popularity, it is still a relatively niche market they are targeting.
Like most things digital (Netflix, Spotify, HBO, Amazon, and even good ol' magazine subscriptions), the subscription business model has always been the template for growing your brand, retaining existing customers, and future growth.
I would suspect by the end of 2020, we will hear an announcement from Apple. Not unlike the Beats by Dre buyout. Apple didn't want the stupid headphones, or speakers from Beats. They wanted the existing streaming service that Beats had already built, so they wouldn't have to waste R&D revenue to build their own.
Either way, I'll roll with whatever service works with djay Pro. As long as they can offer a streaming service. Spotify and djay Pro? You had a good run. Sadly though, algoriddim... Spotify, well? They're just not that into you.
Digging a bit deeper I found that Spotify's licensing prohibits the streaming or caching of two tracks simultaneously and their ToS states "You may not, and you may not permit any device or system used in connection with the Spotify service to, segue, mix, re-mix, or overlap any Spotify Content with any other audio content (including other Spoftify Content)"
Despite this, they have had their relationship with Algoriddim for around six years, so I wonder what has changed their stance now. Commercial pressures I guess.
Perhaps they could get a new license to cover this scenario and add an extra tier of subscription for DJs to help cover the cost. I would happily pay a reasonable amount to continue with the convenience and library of Spotify.
Feel likes they're missing a commercial trick here and I wouldn't be surprised if they lose a load of Premium subs over this.
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