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Today, Apple officially launched iTunes Radio.  This launch coincides with the release of iOS7, Apple’s revamped mobile operating system.  iTunes Radio will be Apple’s official venture into the word of streaming radio alongside established giants such as Spotify, Pandora, Google Play Music, and Rdio.

What sets iTunes Radio apart from its competitors is its integration with the user’s existing iTunes library and generating genre-based playlists based on their preferences.  Presumably, since many people are already using iTunes, the level of personalization with iTunes Radio should outshine its competitors and should adapt more quickly.

iTunes Radio is free and ad-supported, unless you subscribe to iTunes Match.  In that case, your iTunes Radio will be personalized AND ad-free.

 

DJ News
Ableton 9.1 beta was just released and is the first major update since its release in March.  The public beta has a few major updates, the first of which is dual monitor support.  This new dual monitor option will allow users to fully exploit Live’s two interfaces (session and arrangement view) simultaneously.  You could also use it to open a full mix window or a full monitor MIDI editor.

In addition to the dual monitor support, Live will also have an improved rendering engine.  This includes improved sample-rate conversion as well using multiple-cores to improve rendering speed.

For Push owners, Live 9.1 will have a brand new melodic step sequencer.  This feature will also extend to editing automation with step-by-step automation.

 

New Gear
Traktor announced the release of its updated S4 and S2 controllers last week.  Updates include adding eight color-coded RGB buttons for triggering FX and samples, jog wheels with higher resolution, and dedicated Flux Mode and Remix Decks controls.  The biggest update, however, is that the new S4 and S2 will work with all laptop/desktop Traktor software as well as the Traktor apps for iPhone and iPad.  This hardware extension is poised to take Native Instruments‘ mobile DJ offering to the next level.  With storage capacity and processing power of mobile devices ever-increasing, it seems logical that a line up of robust hands-on professional controllers would follow.  It will be interesting to see how many DJs adopt the mobile gear as their primary setup as more hardware of this nature is released.

Check out the video demo from Mad Zach…

 

Best Mix
The best mix is not really a mix, but a free preview album stream from Prison Garde.  A resident of Montreal and currently playing some shows out west (including Victoria’s Rifflandia), Prison Garde always brings the heat.  Check out the 909 and Moog-laden dance vibes of his latest studio effort, Fortresses.

 

Free Download
Australia’s Wave Racer has hit one out of the park with his remix of DCUP’s “Don’t Be Shy”.  Crisp snares, rolling arpeggios, and pitched vocal work all shine through the glimmering feel-good chord progressions on this track.  If this doesn’t leave a smile on your face, I don’t know what will.

Grab a free download at XLR8R.

 

 

 

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Music News
Apple is launching their new iTunes Radio service and it looks to be quite good. While there has almost always been a radio service of sorts through the iTunes desktop app, this new version will integrate with all your Apple devices. It will react intelligently to you your current listening habits in iTunes and you can also customize it to suit your personal preferences. For all of you that actually use Siri, iTunes Radio will be fully integrated so that you can talk to your radio.

In recent months we have seen iTunes begin to offer exclusive full album streams before the album is released (Daft Punk, Avenged Sevenfold, etc.). This feature will undoubtedly be used more and more as iTunes Radio takes off. They are also hinting at some iTunes Radio exclusive tracks from major artists.

It appears that the service is free to use, but will include audio and video ads from major companies. However, if you are a subscriber to iTunes Match (their subscription cloud storage), iTunes Radio will be ad-free.

On the surface this seems to be a no-brainer for Apple. They can drive sales of downloads, receive ad revenue, and also subscriptions to their cloud service all through a system that all i-product owners are essentially already using. However, right now iTunes Radio is only available in the USA.
The real question is whether this will put a dent in other radio/streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify…

You Can read more about iTune Radio here

DJ News
Pulselocker is a new streaming/storage/retail service designed specifically for DJs. Think of Spotify mixed with Beatport. A monthly subscription gets you access to their catalogue of over 4 million DJ-centric tracks. There is a tiered pricing model where the more you pay, the larger your ‘locker’ is. This ‘locker’ is a DRM protected folder on your hard drive that can contain 25-1000 songs for online or offline use in DJ software such as Serato and Traktor (with more programs to come). Once a track in your locker has become stale, just swap it out for a new track (like an old-school record bag). This way, you don’t have to purchase an entirely new set of tracks every month, you simply put new ones in your locker. You also will have the options to buy the tracks outright through iTunes and Beatport. The audio quality of ‘locker’ tracks is currently set at 320kbps, but WAVs and AIFFs will soon be available.

Check out their website

New Gear
Pioneer has been a household name in the DJ world for quite some time with both its industry-standard CDJs and a range of mixers. They are now looking at tackling another part of the DJ market; reference monitors. They have designed a new monitor dubbed the “S-DJ X” available in 5, 6, and 8-inch woofer sizes to appease the masses. They come with a host of built-in features such as an auto on/off, built-in equalization, and a wide ‘3D’ sweet spot designed with the DJ and producer specifically in mind. The S-DJ X will be available in September and will come in both black and white.

Top Mix
Montreal’s Tommy Kruise brings the first mix from the Dime MTL crew. Hazed out hip hop for late night roll sessions en route to the club.

Top Download
I seriously can’t get enough of Ta-Ku. This guy is like Australia’s J Dilla. The amount of quality beats he puts out is almost inhuman and we thank him for it. Listen and download his latest work on Drake’s “Over”.

 

 

 

 

 

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