• midfield_general

    You left out Clone.nl from your comparison

  • Dj Richi AC

    well is true that in traxsource sometimes you don’t get some tracks but there is this other scenario where i wanted to buy a song that they have (in traxsource) and you couldn’t find it anywhere else (like beatport for instance).

  • musicat

    Please, forget all these the stores. If you buy music in these stores you mostly support the store, then the distributor, then the label, and just finally the artist, who only get cents for his/her work, altough he/she is the most important part in this process.
    Support directly the artists, and use services like Bandcamp if possibble.

    • Dj Richi AC

      totally agree with this

  • John Viera

    Is iTunes as good for digging as Beatport? How are the tools compared to Beatport? My Beatport really helps me out. And I’ve built a nice workflow.

  • DJ TeeOh “The Official”

    I wonder how Beatport is going to fair now that the company is being sold off.

  • mikefunk

    Ripoff is going well I see. In past you could by CD with Wav file on it and with some artwork. Now you can get virtual file for same price. No CD. No artwork. Same price. Rip Off

  • Kamza

    What about including a STEMS availability and pricing comparison between these stores?

  • Tekl

    Bandcamp.com is missing. The best place to find new and unkown artists. And you can choose how the files should be encoded.

    • nprev


      They do all formats: AIFF, WAV, MP3, FLAC, OGG, etc. And they’re all paid for at the SAME price!

  • AWal

    Where one would get digital tracks is always an interesting topic to me, as I’m always searching for the best deal, especially when it’s fair to the artist as well. Since 7Digital has started pushing for more lossless format stuff on their platform, they have been a good option for me in the event that I couldn’t find the same song on TrackItDown. I’m also surprised that TrackItDown: Pro wasn’t mentioned at all, which would be benefitial to anyone (like me) who is used to grabbing more than 10 new tracks a month.

  • Quenepas

    Very helpful article. Thanks. 1) is this going to be an annual thing? (it says 2016) It would be very helpful if it did. 2) Last time I heard about the Beatport woes was that it was bankrupt?! What happened there? 3) Do any of these stores sell DRM riddled music? I’m not sure if Spotify would DRM the shitzniz out of those “listen while offline” tracks and iTunes used to but it was a long time ago. Alright, back to under my stone 😀

  • Carl Franchuk

    great article totally enjoyed it now how about doing 1 on subscription services. i use this instead of individual stores like this article. compare Zip dj to ERG, and promo only. most of us dj’s dont have a fortune to spend on getting specific tracks in a list so we use subscriptions.

  • Google Play Music only does 320 kbps for MP3 and it’s much cheaper

  • blulabel

    I only purchase lossless files and I use digital-tunes.net. The price is the same for mp3 320, wav or flac and they range from $1USD to $1.36USD. Granted the selection is not as deep as others but I’m ok with that, since there are plenty of good tracks if you dig, and I feel it helps me find tracks others may not.

  • Nik Howard

    Dan, thanks for the work on this. Thought Bleep looked and sounded amazing till I saw the availability. Whilst I don’t have loads of money spare, the convenience and range (and vouchers) of Beatport wins out.

  • Selekta

    i use the lovely app from Trackhunter.co.uk to find new tunes, and get the best prices shown to me for what quality i want to buy…oh yeah, and its a free app…aggregates all of the tunes from the top dj sites, lets me add to a ‘shortlist’ or crate, and lets me listen to all the new stuff while running in the background while i do other things…can’t beat it!

  • nprev

    No Bandcamp?

  • Omers

    I would include Google Play Music as well; Not only is it cheaper than most sources if you’re an All Access subscriber you get an additional 10% discount. Obscuritè.chno is $1.99 CAD or you can get it with Obscuritè and Obscuritè (Dub) for $3.49 CAD ($1.16/track.)

  • ModusJesus

    Also, beatport coupons don’t apply to lossless formats, which blows.

  • ModusJesus

    What sucks about beatport is the added tax of lossless or uncompressed. It’s absolutely absurd to charge what they charge for superior formats, given that storage and bandwidth are cheap.

    • mikefunk

      All files are stared in lossless format on Beatport. Only when you buy MP3 its compressed live and delivered to you. They don’t even store MP3 at all.

  • Paul van Groove

    i use qobuz.com for a lot of my purchases. They might not offer ALL DJ related music, but have a nice selection of house (especially french electro), Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, Pop and Rock. If you can live without BPM and key, you find WAV and FLAC starting at 99 Euro-Cent and at a good portion also 24-bit files for the same price that others charge for MP3 or plain WAV.

  • Smokin J

    It’s a shame stompy is gone. I use iTunes for 90% of my music. It’s just simple and all the music is available on all my devices without any real effort. Hate to say my other 10% of music I play and listen too comes from Spotify. Sure I cannot keep the music from Spotify but it’s pretty much there when needed. I find a lot of music I buy through Spotify and just browsing iTunes. I’ve got so much music I’ve never even listened too. But anyway finding music I like isn’t as hard as it once was

  • Pterp

    I don’t get it why you didn’t include iTunes – the tracks are 256kbit AAC which is as good as 320kbit MP3 or even better.

    • SVRKM

      It’s even better than 320kbps MP3 !!!

      • Pterp

        I prefer AAC over MP3, too – I think there was even an article in DJTT about file formats

    • Spacecamp

      Fair point. I’ll add them to this later today, timing permitting 🙂

      • Eckhankar

        Please also double check if it is legal to actually use music purchased from iTunes and Amazon in a uploaded mix or a DJ set.

        • Pterp

          I think thats an different point – because the club or event “manager” has to deal with the royalities and pay them to the respective organization.

          • He does have a point.

            The venues have to be licensed for public performance but your files have to be “for professional use”. There’s more than one licence involved (mechanical rights, PRS etc).

            The terms on which they are sold to you vary from store to store and some can be for domestic use only. Crazy but worth checking which stores allow professional use.

      • Pterp

        Thank you ;)! Just wanted to mention the point –
        Btw. I double checked my itunes library and every song seems to be 256kbits

      • Where is the iTunes update?
        I was wondering as well when I read this first. Every track in iTunes is 256kbps AAC (which is better than 320kbps MP3) since the second quarter of 2009!

  • NKLY

    I’m a big fan of 7digital. Prices are almost always lower than Beatport, they sell 320kbps AACs and FLAC, and while they don’t always have the newest tracks they usually get them eventually.

  • Is tax already included.
    I know Beatport will add tax (off course) seperately when the bill has been made up.
    As I remember: the prizes of each track of the store “What people play” tax is already included.

    • Spacecamp

      I never get taxed on Beatport purchases that I can see…. anyone else have experiences here? Happy to revise the article with any additional info 🙂

      • Jack Daniels

        20% tax added in the UK.

        • Phil Morse

          Reason is the EU point of consumption VAT rules as of 1 Jan 2015. Companies now have to charge the VAT rate where YOU are, not where THEY are. Not all are doing it, but they should by law. We had to implement it selling online DJ training for all 29 EU VAT territories. Oh, the joy.

      • dibb

        21% tax added in the Netherlands.

      • +19% in Germany