Pulselocker, the music subscription and streaming service aimed at DJs that was previously available as a desktop app, has today relaunched as a new Web-based offering.
As before, the service allows subscribers to stream from a catalog of 4 million tracks (soon to be expanded to 8 million via a deal with indie label association Merlin) and also download the tracks in order to DJ with them using dedicated apps like Native Instruments’ Traktor and Serato Scratch. Pulselocker tells us that it opted for a lightweight, browser-based approach following feedback from users.
Pulselocker has given serious thought to DRM. Subscribing DJs can download tracks without buying them, however the files are stored in a secure folder on their computer that cannot be copied from, and can only be accessed by compatible DJ apps. Non-DJs can stream from the website if they just want to listen to tracks, fulfilling the need for a specialist alternative to Spotify in the piracy-swamped world of dance music.