Pulselocker has stayed relatively quiet since they got Rekordbox DJ and Serato DJ integrations last year, but a recent press release shows signs of the service making moves in 2017. The service has launched a new iOS app for digging for new music and making sets/playlists. At the same time, Virtual DJ has gained an integration that enables users to search and play Pulselocker tracks right in the software while mixing.
Pulselocker’s iOS App
One of the biggest things that Pulselocker needed to work on after their relaunch and integration into DJ software was finding to use the service on the fly, specifically on mobile iOS devices. The developers have put this in focus with a new app, which syncs with the Pulselocker online service and with the playlists that it loads in Serato, Rekordbox, and now Virtual DJ (see below). This is potentially a very powerful on-the-go digging and organizational tool for DJs, who have very limited options when it comes to on-the-go organization and set prep.
The app is totally free to use, and works on any device running iOS 8.0 or later.
Virtual DJ Pulselocker Integration
DJ platform Virtual DJ officially launched native integration with Pulselocker last week. The official press release notes that “Virtual DJ Premium users will now have access to their Pulselocker playlists and the entirety of the Pulselocker catalog straight from the Virtual DJ browser”.
In practice, this means that users will require both a Virtual DJ Premium account ($19.99 monthly or $299 once) as well as a Pulselocker account (ranging from $9.99 to $19.99) to use the streaming service in the app.
By integrating Pulselocker, Virtual DJ joins Serato DJ and Pioneer’s Rekordbox DJ software platform in offering integration with the streaming service. More broadly, this also joins djay Pro’s Spotify integration in offering in-app streaming. Given major platforms migrating towards streaming functionality, it would seem like more DJ platforms will continue to work towards integrating streaming into their programs. DJs can accept requests outside of their normal libraries (although with Music Search in Virtual DJ, you’ve been able to do this for a long time – just not as well and in a more legal gray area).
Spotify/Apple Music Playlist Matching
One final cool thing that Pulselocker noted in their recent news – they’re pushing the app Soundiiz (free or $3.50 per month for a premium account and more features), which allows for users of other streaming platforms, like Spotify or Apple Music, to import their existing playlists and music collections into Pulselocker and other streaming services.
Many heavy music listeners have heavily-curated up Spotify playlists – so this makes the process of building up a DJ library way more comfortable for those just starting out. It’s a clever play, attempting to capture DJs who are Spotify users but who want to use their playlists in other apps that aren’t Algoriddim’s djay Pro.
This is what I’m talking about…no comparison. Only advantage is you can use DVS. I run serato dj now with the dj program on my windows 10 tablet for request
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“Not available in your country yet” thanks for nothing I guess
The service is a total waste of money based on my 15 day free trial (On day 5 rite now). The sound quality is very poor, the integration with serato is half baked. The web site sucks for digging. Choosing to support ios only and not android is just another reason for me not to give them my money. It’s a shame because I wanted to like the service.
I feel ya. I’ve been consistently disappointed in Pulselocker. Not worth the money.
hey king .. agree with you on the difficulty crate digging. But the sound is 320kbps …remember if your looking for old stuff it only came on vinyl and has to be ripped from original recordings. Your not missing anything not being IOS only. The iOS version is dodgy, slow and not even iPad friendly! it would be good for a long bus or train ride to create a playlist. You have to know what your looking for instead of just browsing and finding something that sounds cool. A little counter intuitive but better than spending $200 a month on tunes.
Until they can have integration like djpro and spotify its a waste of money
Until Pulselocker can have integration of Spotify?…………
Integration like djpro has for Spotify. Pulselocker is only good if you have time to pre make crates. Not good for a live search.
You can do live searching in pulselocker….type in your artist ,label, etc in search area and click icon to the left of the search area and the playlist will populate if they have what your looking for. Perhaps some Barry Manilow?
Its garbage. You cannot compare the pulse integration with dj pros spotify integration. I can like a playlist i.e. freaknik… Hit refresh and have it ready to play instantly. Pulse locker is only good if you have time to prepare on the main site. Its nit good at all for live searches and use
ok now bring it to NI Traktor and Algoriddim Djay and I switch from Spotify 🙂
We’re waiting for NI to release ANY major Traktor update… it’s been a long time. Remember how we made a wishlist for Traktor Pro 3 back in 2015?
I stopped using Traktor and sold my NI controllers until this happens. Now rocking on Serato/Denon for major gigs and Djay/Akai AMX for private parties… Wake me up when it’s all over 🙂
Traktor needs to make a move….not just with integrating maschine within it but bring some new hardware to the table!
When will this happen