Beatport have announced a beta programme for their new non-Flash site. Many people have complained (including myself) that the Flash interface is clunky and resource hungry. This is particularly true for OS X users who have long suffered from battery drain, excess heat and CPU wasting.
The company have decided to go down the Google route of dishing out limited invites to allow for a slow ramp up of usage, with each new invite coming with two more to dish out.
Why is this good?
The old interface relies on a closed plugin created by Adobe (Macromedia originally, for you lot too young to remember). This makes it a nightmare for accessibility and pretty much excludes smartphone access. The site can also be slow to load and it is a lot harder to share a link to a track, release, artist or label page.
But there’s a mobile site!
Yes, but functionality is not nearly as intuitive, and frankly, listening to clips is a nightmare. The iPhone has an app for that, but with Android and other mobile OSes creeping up the usage stats, unifying the experience between desktop and mobile makes sense for everyone.
Is it any good?
Let’s hope so! I’m not sure how many people have access, but I’m sure we will hear soon enough.
What if I like the Flash site?
Good news then! Beatport have said they will keep both running indefinitely (or until people are used to the new one, I reckon).
A little bit of irony that didn’t escape me is that the page announcing the beta is filled with Flash videos from Youtube. Coinkydink or an inside joke? The site is meant to go live “Spring 2011″ according to the site. I guess that depends on how the testing goes.
This is a bit late, but check out what my fiancee, accidentalvix, gave me for Valentines Day. A real life stamp of approval, custom made just for the site.
You can find lots of designs and even order your own on folksy.com.
Classic find on ye olde DJTechTools forums! Member Earl Panda linked to a page with loads of DJ trading cards.
You can see all the scans on the original blog post.
I just want to take a moment to say thank you – from the bottom of my heart – to The Winstons. Without this obscure 60s Soul band, electronic music would never be where it is today. Never heard of them before? Yes, you have. Listen to the track Amen, Brother, released in 1969 as an obscure B side.
The Winstons – Amen, Brother
Now listen again to the six seconds, starting at 1:25.
What you hear is the most famous six seconds in music. Ever. this sample has been used by artists as wide ranging as Altern-8 to Amy Winehouse to Hixxy & Sharkey to NWA. And the most fascinating part is they never made a penny in royalties for their legendary sample. I guess you could say electronic music is based on “open source” foundations. If it sounds like I am over-excitedly talking this up, it’s because I am. This free-to-use clip deserves more praise than any one person can give to it.
The Amen Break
Now sit back, relax and watch 18 minutes of fascinating history… played from vinyl, of course.
The history of the Amen Break
So, from everyone in electronic music – fans, producers, DJs, record labels, sampler manufacturers – we thank you, Gregory C. Coleman, Ray Maritano, Quincy Mattison, Sonny Pekerol, Richard Lewis Spencer and Phil Tolotta.
This will always be a signature track for the upstairs room at Sankeys, Manchester. Such a great bassline that kicks in and changes the pace. Blurs the line between Techno and Progressive House! Now time to put my shades on so the massive strobe light doesn’t blind me!