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Beatport's dance music streaming service lands on iOS and Android

Mona Lalwani, @monalalwani
March 26, 2015
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There are more music streaming apps than the world needs. But there hasn't really been a streamlined experience for electronic dance music listeners until now. Most of the popular apps -– Spotify, 8tracks and Pandora -– have a plethora of dance music tracks and amateur playlists to choose from, but they're not dedicated to the fist-thumping, bass-pounding needs of a dance music lover. Beatport, the go-to stream and download site for DJs and their fans, has finally stepped up its game with the launch of iOS and Android apps today. It's the latest service to join T-Mobile's Music Freedom program, which streams music without eating into your data plan.

Beatport is owned by SFX Entertainment, one of the largest EDM event companies that also powers summer blockbusters like Electric Zoo, TomorrowLand and Mysteryland. The company might be late to the music streaming app party, but it's got big plans for the EDM community. Apart from streaming music from a massive collection of tracks, playlists and charts, you can now stream videos of gigs while you're on the move. The beta app is launching with live and archived sessions from the site's in-house channel, but eventually you'll be able to stream an SFX event or a DJ's direct broadcast.

The app caters to streaming needs but it also hopes to provide functionality to EDM fans. There's an in-built calendar, which includes a listing of the parent company's events, of course, but the company also brought in Bandsintown for its expansive database. It allows you to sort through the clutter of dance music gigs and festivals based on your location or DJs to create a schedule of "favorites." You can also connect to a ticketing outlet for access, but the company plans to roll out a native ticketing system.

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