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Online streaming music services like Pandora, Rdio, and Spotify, have become increasingly popular alternatives to buying music. Instead of buying the new album from your favorite band you can listen to some ads or pay a subscription fee that allows you to stream as much music as you want. Pulselocker combines the convenience of a streaming music service with the quality of a digital download store to create the first try before you buy service for DJs.
Pulselocker solves many of the problems DJs have with streaming music services by creating a “locker” that sits on your hard drive. The locker is a virtual drive that is only accessible while you have the Pulselocker software running and can hold a set number of tracks determined by your monthly subscription plan. Every track that you download is automatically saved to the virtual drive and can be played even if you are offline. You only need to be online to add and remove tracks from your locker, which you can do freely. Hit the size limit of your locker? Remove a few older tracks and add new ones.
Pulselocker is currently available for Mac OSX only and is compatible with Traktor Pro 2, Serato DJ, and Serato Scratch Live. When you import a download track into Traktor Pro 2 it behaves just like any other audio file. You can add beatgrids, set cue points, and add it to playlists. All of the music files are encoded as 320kbps AAC audio files, so you don’t have to worry about differences in quality when mixing audio files from Pulselocker and other digital download stores.
Pricing and Availability
You can sign up for beta access at Pulselocker.com. Subscription plans start at $9.99/mo with locker sizes ranging from 25-300 tracks. You can also purchase your favorite tracks directly from the client at competitive prices. Support for additional DJ software applications and Windows are expected to come later this year with the official launch.
How to Increase your Locker Size for Free
Already a Pulselocker subscriber? Did you know that you can increase the size of your locker by utilizing the client’s social features? Watch the video below to learn how to increase the size of your locker for free.