(MUNICH, Germany) – June 23, 2016 – Algoriddim, creators of the world’s best selling DJ app with over 20 million downloads, wins the 2016 Apple Design Award. After receiving the award in 2011 for djay for iPad, Algoriddim is the first developer to receive the coveted award twice for the same product line since the introduction of the App Store. According to Apple, djay Pro was selected for the second time as an Apple Design Award winner because it sets new benchmarks for performance, features, use of Apple technology, multi-device support, and most importantly for being accessible to the visually impaired. Apple demoed the app by having a blind DJ drop a few beats during the awards ceremony:
“We are incredibly honored to receive the Apple Design Award for the second time,” said Karim Morsy, CEO of Algoriddim. “We founded Algoriddim 10 years ago with the vision to make DJing accessible to anyone. By now making our app fully accessible for the visually impaired, we have expanded our mission to open the world of DJing to blind users and take away their barriers to musical creativity. We hope to inspire more developers to make their software accessible, with relatively little effort you can make a big difference to people’s lives.”
By adding support for VoiceOver, djay Pro allows people with disabilities to use a full-featured DJ setup to mix music, whether professionally or as someone who just loves to play with music. Every feature of djay Pro has been carefully adapted for accessibility, so vision impaired users can seamlessly dive into the app and take advantage of its advanced mixing features.
With VoiceOver enabled, triple-clicking the Home button allows users to tap any button or slider in djay Pro to hear a description of what it does, its state, and how to operate it. For example, tapping the tempo slider will tell by what percentage a song’s tempo has been changed, the BPM display will read out its number of beats per minute, and djay Pro will even tell users the key of a song as in “B flat minor”. This process allows visually impaired users both navigate and explore the user interface while ensuring they are always hitting the intended button. By double tapping the individual control the user can then perform the original action.
The basic process of DJing is to seamlessly mix the playing track into the next track. And to do this successfully, you need to be able to pre-listen or cue the next track in your headphones to make sure it’s beat-matched and sounding great for the dance floor. djay Pro’s seamless support for multi-channel audio interfaces not only make this possible, but with VoiceOver enabled users can even hear a description of everything happening on their screen through their headphones independent of the mix that is playing through the main speakers. This revolutionizes the workflow for impaired users and opens to them the door to live creativity like never before.
Over the past 10 years, Algoriddim established itself as a leading innovator of DJ software winning multiple Apple Design Awards, App of the Year, and more than 8 Editors’ Choice awards from the App Store and Google Play across 5 different platforms. Working with top tier hardware brands, Algoriddim has made DJing accessible to millions of users around the globe. djay Pro for iPad opens a new chapter for professional DJs and VJs as the first solution to truly leverage the capabilities of iPad Pro and to be fully accessible to the visually impaired.
$19.99 on iPad, $49.99 on Mac
djay Pro for iPad is compatible with any iPad running iOS 8 or later.
djay Pro for Mac is compatible with any Mac running OS X 10.9 or later.
djay + Spotify:
A Spotify Premium subscription is required to access the Spotify music catalog. A 30 day free trial of Spotify Premium is available to all djay users. To learn more about using Spotify with djay, visit http://www.algoriddim.com/spotify.
djay, downloaded by over 20 million users on the App Store, is the world’s best selling DJ app and winner of two Apple Design Awards. Available for desktop, mobile, and wearable devices, it is used by millions of music enthusiasts and professional DJs and VJs around the globe. Seamlessly integrated with iTunes and Spotify, djay gives users access to mix millions of songs instantly. djay also provides a rich hardware ecosystem from world-renowned manufacturers enabling users to connect professional quality DJ devices to the app.
Algoriddim, founded in 2006, creates world-class music and video applications for desktop and mobile devices. Combining sophisticated technology with intuitive design, Algoriddim eliminates the boundaries between consumer and professional-level software. Algoriddim’s goal is to create a world where every person can be an artist and bring their digital media to life.
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