With SoundCloud’s ongoing efforts to innovate within the DJ space, the company added a new plan for DJs.
SoundCloud DJ starts at $19.99/mo. and will give DJs offline access to its catalog of 200 million tracks (for comparison, Apple Music has 50 million tracks). However, its partner list is quite limited, and SoundCloud says that it will continue to expand to additional platforms. At the time of this article’s publishing, it only works with Virtual DJ. Cross DJ and Denon DJ support are already in the works.
Earlier this year, SoundCloud launched in-app track data so DJs can identify music by key and tempo.
“In the coming months, we’ll be introducing curated playlists to help kickstart your sets,” reads the company’s blog post. “As DJs are one of the largest and most foundational communities on SoundCloud, we’re dedicated to providing you with the resources and tools you need to create, share, and keep leveling up your craft.”
But if you don’t need offline access, you can use their SoundCloud Go+ plan.
A (small) downfall with the SoundCloud Go+ plan, however, is that it doesn’t offer offline streaming.
This isn’t ideal if you are going to DJ a socially distanced party in the middle of a field with little to no internet connectivity. This plan is available on a much wider range of products.
“With SoundCloud Go+ you can mix SoundCloud tracks with Serato DJ Lite and DJ Pro, Pioneer DJ’s rekordbox and WeDJ, Algoriddim djay and djay Pro, Native Instruments’ Traktor DJ 2, Virtual DJ, edjing Mix and Pro, Denon DJ PRIME Series, Mixvibes Cross DJ and DEX 3. We’ll be working to integrate more of these partners with SoundCloud DJ on an ongoing basis,” the blog post reads.
SoundCloud continues to cater to DJs, as the platform thrives because of them.
SoundCloud jump started a number of independent artists’ careers a few years after its 2007 launch. And now with the global COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the globe and shutting down all live events until further notice, companies are taking this time to innovate.
Their catalog of over 200 million tracks is astounding. A number of tracks on the platform have not been officially released to platforms like Apple Music and Spotify, allowing for unprecedented access into WIPs, VIP mixes, and unreleased remixes. This includes my favorite Skrillex remix.
This new plan for DJs makes it a great tool for a DJ if they’re looking to drop tracks in their sets that the world has not yet heard (and may not).