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Monday, January 21, 2021

Any time I see a house DJ unloading sleeve after sleeve of CDs in preparation for a show, I automatically think: Dinosaur.

Which is unfair, because ultimately it doesn’t matter what the music is stored on, as long it’s pumping. But really, when iPods are so widespread and hold so many tracks, seeing a professional mixmaster clinging to discs (compact or, even, vinyl) is a signal that they’re not making the most of the tools that are available to them.

They’ll have no choice eventually, as iPods are already overtaking what used to be cutting-edge spinning:

In 2006, consumers in the United States spent about $125 million on D.J.- specific hardware, said Brian Majeski, editor of Music Trades magazine in Englewood, N.J. Some $35 million of it was on CD players. But CD player sales are probably going to shrink.

“Instead of buying expensive CD players, people are starting to migrate to hard-drive devices, in many instances substituting an iPod for a CD machine,” he said. “The Numark iDJ2s have appeal both to consumers and mobile D.J.’s. You don’t need to haul as much stuff.”

The use of the iPod, often wielded by amateurs, has raised eyebrows among some professional D.J.’s. “It’s as though their guild is being infringed upon,” Mr. Majeski said.

The concept of whipping an iPod out of your pocket and instantly commencing on break-beating is appealing. Since I’m now in possession of two iPods — my everyday Touch and my now-backup Classic (nee Video) — it’s occurred to me that I could easily transport a party-to-go, provided there’s appropriate soundsystem equipment at the destination.

But as cool as that would be, the iPod’s playback interface doesn’t lend itself to true mixing. The Touch, especially, would be a pain to manipulate with fades and sound effects. The fact is, it wasn’t designed for aggressive playback. I guess that’s why these porting consoles are coming out.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 01/21/2008 08:32:06 PM
Category: Pop Culture, Tech
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