updated 09:25 am EST, Fri November 16, 2007
Beatport SYNC player
Native Instruments and Beatport have released a new, free music player, Beatport SYNC. The software is based on NI's TRAKTOR DJ program, but is in fact meant for more casual playback; the difference is that unlike iTunes, users have two playback decks and a simplified mixing board, which lets users crossfade or beatmatch tracks to create a smooth flow. More complex tasks such as beat detection, tempo sync and loudness control are handled automatically. The program is integrated with iTunes and iPod support, and can play or import music from virtually any connected device including flash sticks and cellphones.
Much as iTunes incorporates access to Apple's music store, SYNC features access to the Beatport storefront, which concentrates on electronic dance music in various genres. Files are provided in DRM-free MP3, MP4 or WAV format, but cost more on average than through iTunes: prices typically vary between $1.99 and $2.49. The Mac version of SYNC requires Mac OS X 10.4/10.5 or higher, as well as a 1GHz Intel or G4 processor.