What online music source do you use when someone request a song at an event you're doing that you don't have?

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MIXMASTERMACHOM

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Let me say first I know about YouTube. I'm not looking to download music from a source to steal or even download while performing at an event. What I'm talking about is when you get a request for a song that you don't have while doing an event, what do you do? I know I can use YouTube but there's a problem with YouTube. There's a version that has commercials. That can be a big problem while doing an event and you're playing a song. Then a ad comes up in the middle of a song and that's a big mess. They have a thing called ad blocker. I checked it out and it cost $100. So I wanting to know what others do in this situation?
 

djtaso

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Let me say first I know about YouTube. I'm not looking to download music from a source to steal or even download while performing at an event. What I'm talking about is when you get a request for a song that you don't have while doing an event, what do you do? I know I can use YouTube but there's a problem with YouTube. There's a version that has commercials. That can be a big problem while doing an event and you're playing a song. Then a ad comes up in the middle of a song and that's a big mess. They have a thing called ad blocker. I checked it out and it cost $100. So I wanting to know what others do in this situation?
bpmsupreme.com
8thwonderpromos
Itunes

In that order
 

TES3S

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You can use the YoutubetoMp3 app made my Media Human. You simply paste the link in and it converts the song within seconds.

I also use Amazon Mp3 to buy and download on the spot.

You simply use your phone as a hotspot, and then on the same computer you DJ with, you connect to the internet and do the above.

There are plenty of adblockers that are free but, I would never take the risk and play a song streaming from youtube when you can covert it on the spot.

Return that hotspot you wasted. I can't believe they even still sell these things. Everyone has a hotspot built in to their phone these days.
 
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MIXMASTERMACHOM

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You can use the YoutubetoMp3 app made my Media Human. You simply paste the link in and it converts the song within seconds.

I also use Amazon Mp3 to buy and download on the spot.

You simply use your phone as a hotspot, and then on the same computer you DJ with, you connect to the internet and do the above.

There are plenty of adblockers that are free but, I would never take the risk and play a song streaming from youtube when you can covert it on the spot.

Return that hotspot you wasted. I can't believe they even still sell these things. Everyone has a hotspot built in to their phone these days.
My phone doesn't work well online. If I put in something it will stall and I have to restart my phone and then get online so what I want comes up.
 

ProDJ Jose

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They have a thing called ad blocker. I checked it out and it cost $100. So I wanting to know what others do in this situation?
As been pointed out, you can get ad blockers for free, but I never rely on youtube for streaming requested songs. If I don't have the song, I ask for a second choice.
 

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As been pointed out, you can get ad blockers for free, but I never rely on youtube for streaming requested songs. If I don't have the song, I ask for a second choice.
Usually I will have another song from the same artist that satisfies the request.
 

Proformance

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When people make out of the mainstream requests - it's very likely they already have their own copy and preferred version of the song. (More so prior to streaming becoming the norm - but the premise is still valid.)

It's perfectly acceptable to ask them if they own these tracks and make arrangement to have them available at the event. The notion that the DJ has to personally possess every song or go on safari to find it is ...so 1980s.

I'm in the business of playing the music - not collecting and archiving it.
 

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I have used Amazon in the past to purchase and download stuff on the fly. I also have Spotify Premium that lets me download music to the phone. In fact, it is my number one source of background music these days. I could always play a song from my phone. Of course, I have limited cueing ability and no tempo adjustment with this approach. I also recommend turning off all app notifications if playing stuff from a phone.

BTW, phone notifications can be entertaining but not for a professional gig. I had some guests over the house a few months ago and was streaming from Spotify. Instead of turning off my notifications, I just snoozed my Ring doorbell. Several hours later, the snooze period had ended. Someone then triggered the Ring and the notification played through my hi-fi. This caused several people to grab their phones to see if it was THEIR Ring that had gone off. I guess we are all too lazy to customize the notification. It was pretty funny to see it happen.
 
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LittleTreeGuy

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I always have the following up and running on my computer:
bpmsupreme
Amazon

I have a subscription for bpm, so that's where I try first. If it's not on there, I'll buy it from Amazon if needed. If I still can't find it for download, and someone REALLY wants to hear it, I'll consider playing it from some online source on my phone (I have a wire for it to run into my mixer).
 
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MIXMASTERMACHOM

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When people make out of the mainstream requests - it's very likely they already have their own copy and preferred version of the song. (More so prior to streaming becoming the norm - but the premise is still valid.)

It's perfectly acceptable to ask them if they own these tracks and make arrangement to have them available at the event. The notion that the DJ has to personally possess every song or go on safari to find it is ...so 1980s.

I'm in the business of playing the music - not collecting and archiving it.
You missed what I'm talking about. I was talking about when guest come up to you for a request at an event and you don't have the song.
 

Proformance

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You missed what I'm talking about. I was talking about when guest come up to you for a request at an event and you don't have the song.
In that instance - I don't even have to ask. They typically already have it cued up on their phone.
I don't know what century many of you are still working in, but in the present 21st there's very few songs that can't be acquired to play quickly and with little or no cost.
 
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MIXMASTERMACHOM

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Mixxy , what does your partner do ?
He's doing an event this Saturday and hopefully I will feel well enough to be there with him. He is great at helping setup and getting music. He is also great at playing music that I'm not and the same thing for me as well. Bob you mentioned that people who come up to you will have the song on their phone most likely. The problem with that is the newer phones don't have a way that you could connect a phone to your setup so it will play through your speakers. I know this first hand because my partner was doing a gig and several people came up to him with phones that he couldn't connect to the setup.

Now I forgot to mention that when I did the event last Thursday I got a small request for some songs I didn't have that the seniors wanted to hear. I used to have Promo Only and I hated it because they only went back 2 years. One of the songs I remember a lady wanted to hear is The Temptations Stay. There were a few more but I don't remember what they were. If it's a subscription service it would also have to be songs you can get from back in the day as well and not just some new stuff that just came out because some events I do that's the stuff they will want to hear. Not this new garbage that's out now. Now before I take a beating I do like some new songs that are out but not many that the young ones listen to.

Phase how far back does Beatsource go?
 

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I've got a buddy that used Beatsource Link recently and really liked it. You can store 1000 of their songs for offline play, and if you have wifi access you can also download direct during a gig.

I think I'm going to try it to see how it works for me.

But as others have said...

1) Record pool that I'm a member of (DJ City, DMS, are my first choices)
2) Amazon to download the mp3 directly
3) Spotify
 

Jeff Romard

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Apple Music, Amazon, I use Xtendamix for my main service it's video I convert to MP3