This was originally posted on my HOBDenver blog, but I wanted to share it with all Strategize readers as well.
I bet that you’ve never heard of Beatport. Beatport is a local Colorado company serving paid downloads to the somewhat niche market of dance music. You will find remixes of popular artist tunes and original content all available for sale. It used to be that you couldn’t get a lot of the great dance music and DJ remixes in an easy way, but Beatport has changed all that.
No special software downloads required, everything works directly in the browser and works perfectly with Firefox. As you would expect with any digital music store, you can play track samples, some songs are available as singles, and some songs are only available as part of an album purchase.
I was checking out “Their Low The Singles 1990–2005” Parts I & II by The Prodigy, a band I still enjoy listening to — haven’t seen those albums on iTunes.
Beatport offers a variety of delivery methods: instant delivery (mp3 or mp4 tracks), mail delivery (mp3, mp4, or wav CDs).
Oh, and Beatport averages something like 75,000 downloads per week.