App developer Algoriddim turned a lot of heads when it launched the initial version of the iOS app “djay” several years ago, especially for those who had been looking to learn and practice DJ’ing but didn’t have the pockets to afford all of the equipment. For a premium price of just $19.99, users could access a digital version of the basic turntable equipment and a selection of music, loops and samples to choose from right at the comfort of their own iPad or iPhone. Now, Algoriddim is turning that concept on its head again, by offering a free version of the app, paired with a monthly subscription model for users who wish to access all of its available features.
The brand new free version of djay gives users the ability to use songs from their streaming service library such as Apple Music or Spotify (as long as they are downloaded to the device, and not in cloud storage), and provides two digital turntables to load songs and set bpm as well as a mix fader to adjust the mix levels of each one. Also included are a simple package of percussion loops to use alongside your mix or as a transition while loading and adjusting new songs into a given set.
Included in the new pro version of the app is a completely different level of features such as unlimited access to a full library of samples, loops, effects and visuals, support for MIDI controllers and Bluetooth devices, and much more including the obvious exclusion of advertisements. The new subscription-based pro version of the app can be downloaded for just $4.99/month, or $39.99/year after a 7-day free trial. For users who had previously purchased the app at it’s original $19.99 price, the new app can be purchased as an upgrade at an exclusive price of just $9.99 for the first year.
While some users are excited about the new upgrade, the general response from most has been anything but positive. Many are voicing their strong preference of the old app, urging others not to delete it because “once it’s gone, it’s gone for good,” referring to the old app’s disappearance from the App Store. Finally, for the same free price, one could also look in the direction of the VirtualDJ home software, providing a bigger user interface and most of the same features as available through djay Pro, as well as a remote app to control the software from your phone or smart device. Otherwise, if you’d like to give djay a shot, you can download it for free on the App Store.