DJ Software That Works With Spotify

Spotify no longer supports third-party DJ apps since July 2020, which means users can’t use any DJ software with their Spotify accounts for audio manipulation, track mixing and blending, or any kind of DJing. So, legally there can’t be any DJ software that works with Spotify.

Can I use Spotify with third-party DJ apps or DJ software?

As of July 2020, with the change of Spotify’s Terms Of Service and Developer’s Policy, Spotify has terminated the third-party DJ apps and software access. The statement indicates that creating as well as using Spotify with a third-party DJ app for blending, mixing, and/or remixing tracks is illegal.

So, even though it is technically possible to use Spotify tracks with a DJ app, it violates the Terms of Service, while creating an app for DJing with Spotify is against the Developer’s Policy. So, as of July 2020, there is no DJ app on Apple Store, Google Store, or any platform that works connected to your Spotify account.

You may be thinking, what if I download the tracks from Spotify with the help of another software to use them with my DJ app? Here, I must warn you that downloading or extracting any kind of content from Spotify to use outside the Spotify platform is illegal as the songs, podcasts, and cover arts are all copyrighted contents.

Are there any 3rd party apps that still support Spotify?

Besides the built-in Spotify DJ Mode, which does not offer much except the cross-fade, a basic EQ, and track selection features, the only DJ app that Spotify has agreed to allow to keep working is the Pacemaker Dj app.

Pacemaker

Screenshot of pacemaker.net

Pacemaker is a DJ app for Apple devices that allows users to mix tunes from platforms like Spotify and Apple Music Library. It is a paid DJ app which you can manually select tracks to mix or let the AI DJ mix the auto-select the tunes and mix them for you.

Furthermore, the app allows you to use the studio function with which you can crop the start and the end of the tracks as well as set the mix on desired phrases, beats, and bars.

Can I use Spotify for playing music at events or places?

You can use Spotify for playing music at private parties or small events if you are not getting paid for it or people are not being charged to enter. It is not illegal to use Spotify to share music publicly for non-commercial gatherings. But, Spotify’s Terms Of Service prohibits using Spotify in any commercial area like bars, restaurants, night clubs or any kind of commercial event.

So, if you are just hanging out with your friends at a private party without a commercial nature, you are good to go. Spotify even has the Group Mode feature to create a collective playlist with friends to add songs to the queue from different devices. It also has a basic EQ and a cross-fade function to make things slightly more interesting.

But, if you are a business owner and want to use Spotify to entertain your clients, that would violate the user agreement of Spotify. 

Many bars and restaurants are using Spotify to play illegal music. There are other apps, software, and different kinds of solutions to play music in commercial areas without violating any rights.

For any kind of question about this issue, do not hesitate to contact Spotify customer service through this link to learn the white and black areas of use.

https://support.spotify.com/us/article/contact-us/

What are music resource alternatives for DJs?

As Spotify does not allow DJs to use its library with DJ apps anymore, DJs should look to other possible streaming platforms as a music resource for their performances. The most famous and extensive DJ-friendly music libraries today are Soundcloud and Tidal.

Many apps work with the extensive library of Soundcloud. Some are Algoriddim DJay Pro (subscription required), Traktor DJ2, Blaze, and WeDJ. For Tidal, you can go with Serato DJ, Algoriddim apps, and Rekordbox, which are all paid apps.

I recommend using Algoriddim Djay app, as it allows the users to directly access the libraries of Soundcloud and Tidal from its library and has some really good Djing features, making the app more fun and versatile compared to the other apps.

Summary

In short, you can not use any third-party DJ app or software with Spotify anymore. Developing or using third-party DJ apps that benefit from the Spotify library is not legal as of July 2020. The only exceptions are the Pacemaker app which is exclusive to iOS devices, and Spotify DJ mode, which is fun but does not offer many features for real DJing.

Suppose you want to use some extensive libraries for your DJing performances. In that case, I suggest you go with alternative music resources like Soundcloud and Tidal, which are still DJ-friendly and offer a good range of tracks for DJing.

Berk Öztuna is a handpan player, percussionist, and guitarist. He has been playing multiple instruments over the last 10 years. He started his music career as a guitarist, playing with several bands before putting his main focus into playing the handpan.

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