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How Streaming Is About to Reshape DJ Culture as We Know It

How Streaming Is About to Reshape DJ Culture as We Know It

How Streaming Is About to Reshape DJ Culture as We Know It

nce upon a time, being a DJ meant a lifelong accumulation of stuff: 12″s mainly, but also 10″s and 7″s, white labels and gatefold LPs, pressed on every imaginable shade of vinyl. Then, a decade or so ago, the tide turned, and all that stuff became data: MP3s and WAVs and AIFFs and FLACs stored on laptops, backed up on external hard drives, and carted to the gig on USB sticks smaller than a cigarette lighter. Looking forward, a professional DJ could roll up to a gig armed with just a smartphone and play an entire set—complete with loops, effects, even scratching—without so much as owning a single file.

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