Just after writing a post on the mess Beatport was in regarding charts and genres (here), Lost In Musik gets some interesting news in our inbox – an update to Beatport.
It’s been over two years since Beatport updated their website. And here we have a sneaky peeky of what’s to come. I’m still having a play around but my first impressions are that they’ve gone a bit more like www.junodownload.com in their layout style – and they’ve moved away from flash. Unfortunately there are only a limited number of beta-testers allowed so I cant give everyone access to the site, but I’ll do my best to show you what it’s like.
Everything is pretty slick, I like the sliding banners that save on space. There is a bit more focus on the release artwork now, which I think is a good thing, but this does mean less on your page at once.
You can view Features, Release, or Track now. The Release and Track viewing makes it easier to split by sub-genre, filtering out those tracks within the genre that you’re not a fan of – something the more underground people will be happy about. This was possible before but much less obvious. It is a shame that they dont have a top 10 for each sub genre though – there is still only a top ten for the entire genre, generally full of the more mainstream tracks.
I do like the new artist search layout, with their charts, tracks and releases. As more and more music floods the markets I think DJ charts are becoming more important as a way of filtering for the music you like based on those DJs you respect.
The audio player is along the top with a drop-down menu to show the playlist and you can now see the waveform for the track. On the downside, the audio clips are unfortunately still two minutes – something I know a lot of people hate. I have a feeling it is kept this way deliberately because research has probably shown people on the fence will buy if they only get a small, enticing sample. At least labels will soon be able to choose which 2min sample gets used, a very welcome and overdue update!
My Beatport is a bit more useful now, you can view all your artists/labels/genres in release order and then filter through by each to narrow down the list of results – kind of like the filters on Amazon when searching for a product.
I should mention this is all still very new and in beta testing phase, so if you have any thoughts on what should and shouldnt be in the new version if you shout loud enough they might make it to the final cut. Give us your thoughts below.