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DJs look to iPod as the next turntable?

“The biggest advantage DJs have already discovered is the iPod’s size. “Vinyl” DJs have to lug heavy boxes containing hundreds of albums. But many are taking up the iPod music player, which can hold 1,000 digitised albums in a package smaller than a cigarette packet. [...]

But does the iPod embody the future of DJing, given that unlike vinyl, it is supremely portable yet unshowy? Mr Gower is circumspect. “It’s an alternative - both this and vinyl can exist simultaneously,” he said. “A few years ago people said vinyl was dead, but we’re actually seeing more being pressed today than then.”

But with the number of iPods and other digital players doing nothing but rise, it could be that at future raves, the man or woman at the front will be waving a white gadget in the air as it plays. And you could never have done that with a record.”

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Software / hardware to manipulate the tracks from the iPOD via a turntable does sort of exist in the Stanton Final Scratch software/hardware ( [url=][/url] it isnt the greatest solution but the Mac version does allow iPOD tunes to be imported… I use this method very regularly when playing my dj sets…

I look forward to hearing from other iPOD musicians, please feel free to mail me and share any experiences or latest pieces of software…

Keep up the good work


2 x 3G 40gig units

Posted by ChOci - Leeds Uk in Irvine, CA on January 4, 2004 at 3:24 AM (CST)


Until an iPod can pitch bend/adjust BPM it will not be usable in a proper club.  There’s also the fact it can’t respond/act/simulate a platter in ANY way.  No current for of mixing has line-in so it can’t be used as an Add-on.  The closest is Final Scratch and if you’re already lugging a laptop about, why use an iPod as well? (transfering files off a network is faster then over firewire)

It’s going to take a lot of physical work to get the iPod club ready, unless a club has no music policy and/or is just for yuppies showing of their toys.

This article has missed this mark I’d hate to say.  I am interested in seeing the iPod club ready worthy, even if physically it can be done, it’s going to be hard for clubs to adopt for it in the middle of the night, re-cabling with up to 40,000 people waiting.


Posted by djway in Irvine, CA on January 4, 2004 at 10:15 AM (CST)


Ya, I have already seen this, as a matter of fact I seen this all the time with dj’s…

Posted by ghaash in Irvine, CA on January 4, 2004 at 10:23 AM (CST)


when the Pod starts supporting better file formats, and has more acceosories, then MAYBE.

Posted by asdf in Irvine, CA on January 4, 2004 at 3:56 PM (CST)


I’ve seen DJ’s that run a whole set off of iTunes, so I wouldn’t see it totally out of spec to do it on an iPod.

And when it crashed mid show, we all patiently waited for him to reboot, and reload his powerbook.

Posted by ajservo in Irvine, CA on January 4, 2004 at 7:31 PM (CST)


Call me old-fashioned but for me being a DJ is having two decks and a box of VINYL at your side. I can just about accept CD but it’s not djing if all you are using iTunes or an iPod.  I am an iPod owner but to use it to Dj, nah forget about it. 

Posted by glad1959 in Irvine, CA on January 4, 2004 at 8:08 PM (CST)


Actually, the skipping caused by the DJ “waving [an iPod] in the air as it plays” might one day sound a lot like vinyl scratching.

The only problem that arrises from that is the low battery life (8 hours won’t be enough for some clubs), and the physical damage caused to the tiny hard drives.

Posted by Johnstarr in Irvine, CA on January 4, 2004 at 8:29 PM (CST)


Until an iPod can pitch bend/adjust BPM it will not be usable in a proper club.

Posted by djway in Irvine, CA on January 4, 2004 at 8:52 PM (CST)


I always laugh at articles that involve the I-Pod and DJing…having been (and still am) a DJ CONSISTANTLY since 1986 here in Phoenix, I’t easy to say that the this concept is being pushed by the newbie DJ’s thta are under the impressions that 192 MP3’s are okay in a huge sound system i n a nightclub…hate to tell you, but you are mistaken….CD’s and Vinyl, only way to go for now until somethings WAY better than final scratch comes along. Sheesh…newbie/bedroom DJ’s are ALWAYS looking to tchnology to make up for talent/laziness…I swear, technology and the media hype about being a “dj” has lowered the bar to a point where someone buys 10 records they consider themselves a “DJ”..or the DL a bunch of low bitrate shite of the interweb and burn some discs they think they can do a whole night…..crack smokers, I tell ya’! :)


Posted by angry_black_man in Irvine, CA on January 5, 2004 at 6:29 AM (CST)


If it would be standard for every club to have a FinalScratch setup that can read from firewire HDs, that would be the way to use the iPod in the future for DJing….

Posted by Blaah in Irvine, CA on January 5, 2004 at 9:33 PM (CST)


Blaah:  It’d be SO much easier to just burn a cd and use it in a CDJ or the new technics CDJ’s that have a platter.  Final Scratch is not yet stable, and it doesn’t have anywhere near as many features the new Technics decks will have, and it costs about the same.

Carrying around an iPod and FS etc just adds extra variables.  I’m all for technology, but well, I just can’t see it being more then a hinderance in this case.


Posted by djway in Irvine, CA on January 5, 2004 at 10:08 PM (CST)


Well maybe for hip hop or dance , but if you are playing indie or punk
it rocks , you just need a mixer
and you 5000 songs to choose from.. i have been doing it now for months and it works great..i dont scratch and i dont call my self a DJ
i just play good music..

Posted by curt in Irvine, CA on May 31, 2004 at 9:32 PM (CDT)

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