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BeatPort
by Ari Bendersky
on 15 February 2005

BeatPort.jpgBeatport is Napster or iTunes exclusively for the electronic music world. As its tagline says: Log on. Get Down. That's exactly what you do on Beatport. It is the digital download network.

Electronic music enthusiasts will find thousands of tracks from hundreds of labels and DJs in a dozen umbrella categories including House, Trance, Drum & Bass, Chill Out and more. It doesn't have the breadth of the bigger download sites, but give it time.

The interface isn't as intuitive as iTunes, but it mirrors the dance community-- it's technologically savvy, has an eclectic design and a funky look and feel. You can sample tracks – and you aren't limited to 30-second streams either.

This is the definitive download site for aspiring DJs and those they hit the decks for-- and it’s global, so you can find music from the U.S., England, Netherlands and Berlin. And while only signed DJ music can reside on Beatport, not everyone is known, like Armin van Buuren, Mark Farina or Joi Cardwell, so you can find undiscovered gems.

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