Music Industry

Twitch Reaches Partnership With Music Publishers

Twitch Reaches Partnership -- Not A Licensing Deal -- With Music Publishers

Twitch Reaches Partnership -- Not A Licensing Deal -- With Music Publishers
Four Color Zack performing on Twitch.

After a year wherein numerous independent creatives employed as DJs struggled then learned how to adapt their skills to streaming platforms, Twitch — one of the most popular of platforms for disc jockeys to continue to play as well as earn sustainable incomes — has partnered with the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) on a long-awaited agreement focused on building “productive partnerships” between the livestreaming service and publishing organization, according to a press release announcement.

The deal is not quite yet a licensing deal. Instead, it’s a time window during which Twitch and the NMPA will negotiate an arrangement for handling music use on the platform going forward.

“We look forward to working together toward building long-lasting partnerships with Twitch,” NMPA president/CEO David Israelite tells Billboard. “This agreement provides the framework for that relationship to develop.”

2020 and 2021 has seen Twitch operate under the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), shielding content-hosting platforms from liability for copyright infringement by users, outlining a process for rights holders to file “takedown notices” to report unauthorized music uses. However, this process frustrated users after the NMPA and RIAA together filed thousands of takedown notices over the past year, for minor violations.

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Apple Is Now Using Shazam To Identify Tracks in Mixes

(Source: Apple Music)

Apple has announced that its Apple Music service is debuting a new process using Shazam to identify tracks in DJ mixes. In addition to helping listeners find new music, the process will also serve to ensure that rights holders get compensated fairly for the use of their tracks.

“We’ve created a tool, where effectively we let DJ mixes run through the Shazam technology and Shazam identifies exactly what’s in a mix and they do that with a very, very high degree of success,” says Oliver Schusser, Apple’s Vice President of Apple Music and Beats told Billboard. “For a lot of dance music and DJs who make music, the music never really found it to streaming services because there just wasn’t a great process for how labels could clear the music that’s in a DJ mix, because the labels or the distributors didn’t know what was in the mix.”

Schusser added that Apple Music has around 1,200 mixes currently available, having received over 300 million streams. In addition, Apple Music subscribers can save individual songs from mixes directly to their Apple Music library. And though the mix program is currently heavily curated, and therefore limited, the company says it plans to expand the available catalog of mixes.

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Pioneer DJ Announces rekordbox Professional Plan With Unlimited Cloud Storage

Pioneer DJ has partnered with file hosting service Dropbox for the new rekordbox Professional Plan. The plan offers unlimited cloud storage for music libraries.

The rekordbox Professional plan is the first-ever DJ software to offer unlimited storage capacity via Dropbox. Users can upload their tracks to the cloud, which retains metadata such as playlists, hot cues, loops, and tags.

The plan allows DJs to create a database for each device they use. By backing up the device database, they can then can easily recover their library from rekordbox at any time if one device is lost or damaged. The plan also offers the ability to sync your rekordbox library across up to eight devices, for easy gig prep on-the-go.

Watch Pioneer DJ’s announcement video below and visit the rekordbox website for more details.

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Get Five Record Pools for the Price of One With DJcity’s New Global Music Page

Get Five Record Pools for the Price of One With DJcity's New Global Music Page

Get Five Record Pools for the Price of One With DJcity's New Global Music Page

Here at DJcity, we always strive to provide our customers with great value and the highest quality of content. We are proud to announce our new Global Music Page, which highlights our extensive catalog of tracks from around the world. Our users will now be able to easily browse music from each region and use our powerful search filters to sort by BPM, Key, Popularity, Release Date, and Version Type. All of our regional record pools include Clean, Dirty, Intro, Instrumental, Acapella versions, and more.

Other record pools make users pay separate fees to access different content like Latin music, but at DJcity, all of our content is already included in your subscription. A single subscription with DJcity includes full access to all five DJcity record pools for the price of one, including DJcity, DJcity UK, DJcity Latino, DJcity Japan, DJcity DE, and more to come, like our new South Asian catalog.

Watch Mojaxx’s walkthrough below and expand your crates with music from around the world with our new DJcity Global Music Page.

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New ‘VIP Crates’ From A-Trak, Steve Aoki, LA Leakers, and More

New ‘VIP Crates’ From A-Trak, Steve Aoki, LA Leakers, and More

New ‘VIP Crates’ From A-Trak, Steve Aoki, LA Leakers, and More

Beatsource’s popular VIP Crates series is back with a third installment featuring playlists from heavyweights like A-Trak, Steve Aoki, the LA Leakers, and more.

Launched in January, the series features playlists curated by the world’s most influential DJs and artists. The playlists are available exclusively on the Beatsource LINK music streaming service for open-format DJs.

The third installment of VIP Crates features playlists from:

  • A-Trak, Fool’s Gold Records co-founder, Beatsource board member, GRAMMY-nominated artist
  • Steve Aoki, Dim Mak Records founder, GRAMMY-nominated platinum artist
  • Ron Mills, program director of SiriusXM’s Hip-Hop Nation and Shade 45
  • Kast One, mixer for Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning
  • Sophia Eris, Lizzo’s official DJ
  • LA Leakers, hosts of Power 106’s The Lift Off and Shade 45’s the #LEAKShow

Browse VIP Crates here.

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Beatsource LINK’s Offline Mode is Now Available in Serato DJ

Beatsource LINK’s Offline Mode is Now Available in Serato DJ

Beatsource LINK’s Offline Mode is Now Available in Serato DJ

Streaming is the future of DJing, but DJs need to be able to mix with or without an internet connection. Today, we’re excited to announce that Beatsource LINK’s offline mode, which enables DJs to mix without Wi-Fi, is finally available in Serato DJ. The update, which is integrated with Serato DJ Pro 2.5 and Lite 1.5, follows over a month of public beta testing.

Asher “Styles Davis” Finkel, at Beatsource, says:

“We’re super excited to be the first service to bring offline mode for streaming content to Serato DJ. We know that DJs need to build trust with streaming technology, and our offline locker will provide the stability and insurance they need. This is a watershed moment in the way DJs get music.”

Download Serato Pro 2.5 and Lite 1.5 here and start your free trial of Beatsource LINK here.

Watch a tutorial on how to use the offline mode below:

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