Serato DJ Announces Pulselocker Integration

At the Amsterdam Dance Event, Serato has announced a new groundbreaking partnership to integrated Pulselocker directly into their DJ software. Pulselocker, originally launched in 2012 as a streaming library and music store for DJs, has been relaunched this year. Their library being integrated directly into Serato DJ will allow access to 44 million tracks – read on for the details.

Pulselocker Streaming In Serato DJ

The concept is pretty simple – DJs who have a Pulselocker account will be able to access the entire catalogue in the browser sidebar, just like you would access iTunes or other libraries. Songs can be stored in a local copy-protected offline cache only accessible through Pulselocker or Serato DJ.

Pulselocker now has a library made up of over 44 million tracks from about 500,000 labels, and it also authorizes users to play the songs publicly – a big deal for DJs out there playing gigs who might want to not only get great music, but also the rights to play them publicly. Serato’s CEO AJ Bertenshaw makes it clear they wanted the most comprehensive library out there when adding a streaming service to the DJ software:

“At Serato, we always try to carefully choose each feature to be aimed at the professional DJ. When it came to connecting to a subscription music service, we wanted to make sure our offering was the very best available.”

You can make playlists in Pulselocker, and log into your account through any computer running Serato DJ, so if you want to bring all of your tracks over, it’s as easy as having an interenet connection. There’s an “offline” storage feature as well which allows DJs to keep a local copy of unlimited music from Pulselocker’s library without being online.

Cloud search, local search, or both in Serato DJ’s search bar.

DJs can also use the search bar in Serato to do a master search, spanning both their local library and Pulselocker’s online catalogue. If you find what you want on Pulselocker, the tracks will cache the first 30 seconds “as quickly as possible for fast auditioning”. Tracks are downloaded at 320kbps – unless they’re provided by the label at a lower quality (256kbps). Metadata is stored locally for played streaming tracks and analyzed offline music – so if you sort your collection by key or BPM, those tracks will have metadata that make them show up in the software.

One downside – if you’re streaming music from Pulselocker, recording in Serato DJ is disabled – apparently part of the licensing agreement.

Of course, all of these features will require a paid account with Pulselocker – which pricing has not been announced for yet. Serato DJ will come with a full 2-week trial when 1.9 is release.

Pulselocker support is going to be integrated in Serato DJ 1.9, an update that is coming soon (they’re still working on releasing 1.8!). 

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  • Andrew Alvarez

    Will I be able to access Pulselocker through Traktor?

  • tr4gik

    Will this work with DJ Intro too ? 😛

  • killmedj

    With everyone having access to everything everyone else has, I may have to start DJing only my own original tracks…. actually that could be awesome!

    • jprime

      I play a lot of my own tracks out. It works….often people want/need to hear something familiar though.

      • killmedj

        true that. time to put my remix skills to the test =)

  • midiman

    i hate all this streaming shit! i should stop producing music. there is no more money in it , the payment for streams is laughable. the streaming companies make money and the artist gets almost nothing…

  • Spencer "Thunderball" Thayer

    I’m excited, but I wan’t to be able to map Slicer and every other function to my MaschineMK2. COME ON SERATO!

  • Serato adds support for streaming service Pulselocker |

    […] Launched back in 2012, Pulselocker has a wide selection of over 44 million tracks from about 500,000 labels so you should have plenty to choose from, and you’ll be able to access each track from within Serato. You can stream the tracks online, or make the tracks available for offline use, but Serato’s internal recorder will be disabled while Pulselocker is running for the obvious licensing reasons. [via DJ Tech Tools] […]

  • Steve Francesco

    “There’s an “offline” storage feature as well which allows DJs to keep a local copy of unlimited music from Pulselocker’s library without being online.”

    The biggest issue with Djay and VDJ finally solved.

  • Kevin Mendel

    I think it would be really interesting to see Pulselocker and Serato dive into the world of Stems together.

  • Paris Creative

    The problem here is as with all streaming options, the right of the copyright holder to remove their content should be a deal breaker to any DJ.

    • Marco

      Not if that content is managed like a DJ pool… It’s basically a DJ Pool with streaming capabilities

      • Paris Creative

        But that is the rub, I can’t imagine that any major record label would back an “all-you-can-eat” consumption model, not unless the price is very high. And still I can’t imagine that if somehow it was on the up and up that if a label decides to yank an artist or all their music that they would simply allow the local copies to exist in perpetuity.

        • deejdave

          You are making it sound like they are giving you something. You are being allowed access to this library as long as you are paying. That is it. If anything Record Pools are what is baffling as they are literally the all you can eat and KEEP!

          • Paris Creative

            Well remember most legitimate pools are just very recent music. Most that offer back catalogs are not necessarily doing this in agreement with the copyright holders.

            What concerns me is here is this supposedly very large library of music (44M tracks) and that you can store locally. OK let’s say this is 100% legit, you invest in Pulselocker, and you setup for a gig. The day after some of the songs you have downloaded locally disappear because the label fell into disagreement with Pulselocker and has yanked it’s songs.

            I am intrigued. Having a single UI and an on-demand capability is very interesting. I want to know what the price is on this, how really legit it is, and the like. I still think a DJ is a bit nutty if they rely on this exclusively given the scenarios I have pointed out.

          • deejdave

            Understood but that “forever” thing still stands.

            And I understand your concerns but with a library like that it sounds only likely to grow. I never got into VDJ’s service as it was illegal and sub par but I do frequently use Djay Pro and Spotify and it has been pretty much smooth sailing with them. This brings even more to the table in quite a few ways.

            The price is $20 a month for premium and Pulselocker is by no means a new service so trust the legalities have been in place for years. I actually have had an account with them for just under four years although I believe this regroup will renew all accounts and such.

            Lastly on your comment on relying on JUST this……………. I’d say it’s a bit nutty to rely on ANY one source exclusively.

          • Paris Creative

            Oh no doubt that it would be nutty to rely on a single source. But I am thinking from a management perspective. Even worse having Serato be able to automatically delete files from your library could have serious unintended consequences. I know of many iTunes users that had missing music issues with iTunes Match.

            I guess for me it’s intrigue but let others sort out the bugs first. 🙂

          • LocalYocal

            Once you cache your files, don’t sign online until after the gig – most services like this have something like a 30 day ‘check in’ window that you can go without the program re-certifying the licenses.

  • Mauri Moore

    this is more or less the same Vdj had for so many years , nothing new , nothing really important .

    • Dan White

      Yep, Content Unlimited was great. Quality was sometimes hit-or-miss though, and offline support wasn’t quite at this level.

      • Mauri Moore

        quality will be good enough ? I don’t think so .
        Why should i need 44 million songs when i will play only 100 ?
        I’m in the way to slim down my collection .

        • disqus_Z3EtwVAKkk

          In Pulselocker all streams on the site are 192 kbps and all tracks played via software are 320 kbps. VDJ’s content unlimited was not licensed and was an illegal service, meaning artists were not paid. Pulselocker is 100% legal.

          • Mr Wilks

            I remember thst too. Wasn’t some of their Content Unlimited sourced from Grooveshark?

          • tr4gik

            not legal ? yet they still advertise it and sell it on their website for 9.99. How can they can get away with this? It’s not sarcasm Im actually curious because I was considering it …

        • Martin Wilson

          I’m with you on that. So many people like to brag about how many bazillion tracks they have. I like to have a small collection of sick tracks that I know really well. Better final product.

          • deejdave

            Tell that to the guy/girl asking for the track you don’t have………….

  • mikefunk

    Traktor – (silence)

    • Eric Huber

      Traktor never sleeps 😉

      • stefanhapper

        Did you mean Traktor Pro 3 development sleeps? 🙂

      • deejdave

        Traktor is making decent waves it just so happens to be in a different pool is all. Let’s be honest Serato has the DJing arena pretty much locked while Traktor is becoming more of a remix/production tool with every release.

        I’m not going to sit here and try to bash them as I personally love Traktor as well but they are becoming apples and oranges more & more which IMO is a good thing. Serato just offers more to the traditional DJ is all. Video, karaoke, platters (lol 😉 and now streaming………