Why We’re Moving to Subscriptions

After more than 8 years as a paid-for app, djay for iOS is changing. With the latest release, we are now offering a single universal app as a free download which offers everything you need to DJ, along with an affordable new monthly Pro subscription service with power user features, video mixing, music production tools, and most importantly, unlimited access to a large library of audio loops, samples, FX, and visuals.

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Our journey so far

Since the beginning, Algoriddim’s mission has been to make DJing accessible to everyone, anywhere, at any time. When we launched the first version of djay back in 2006, it was completely free as we wanted to remove any barriers whatsoever for casual music listeners to embrace the art of DJing. This had a profound impact on DJing for years to come.

As our user base grew and as users grew with our app, they started to need more advanced features. We listened to our users’ feedback and took djay to retail in 2007 as a $50 purchase available through our online store and as a CD/boxed software in physical stores (djay was originally printed on CDs and sent across the globe... we’ve come a long way!). A considerable number of users of the free version updated right when we announced the $50 upgrade. We were blown away by the loyal support of these early adopters.

Those users helped bootstrap Algoriddim and it has allowed us to continuously improve and expand our app. We have stayed independent ever since, thanks to the millions of djay users around the world, who have contributed to the global phenomenon that djay is today.

Why have we made djay free with an optional subscription?

With smartphones and tablets being so ubiquitous now, we want to once again open up DJing to even more people than ever before. We decided to make djay a free download again. Moreover, in the same way that djay made mixing music accessible to the masses, we wanted to do the same for creating music… music production relies on access to an extensive library of content.

For a high quality and seamless experience we have licensed content from world-class artists and labels. Moving to in-app subscription gives us an easy way to add more packs, more sounds, more videos, in a way that ensures everyone has access to the same downloads, without further cost barrier. Customers pay monthly to access every official download as they’re added.

No more paid upgrades

In the past, we would release one major update every two to three years, as a paid upgrade or new app. Since the App Store (the main distribution channel to purchase our apps) didn’t provide a way to distinguish between new and existing customers there was no way we could reward existing users for their loyalty any more.

While we published constant smaller updates throughout the year, this long release cycle meant we would also have to hold back major features for the next major release, resulting in a sometimes long wait to include them. With the new subscription model, our team can now focus on making the existing version the best product with every innovation going directly into the product as soon as it’s ready.

Over the years we have built eight different versions of djay and vjay on the iOS App Store alone, and we couldn’t even offer cross-grade between the apps: customers had to buy the apps on both iPhone and iPad individually, and pay for add-ons such as effects separately. With this new release of djay, we wanted to simplify the process and unify the brand. With the free download, users that choose to subscribe only pay as long as they need to use the app, and don’t have to worry about different features or versions of the app across all of their iOS devices.

Subscription provides ongoing value

The change to subscriptions allows us to offer a free trial before customers choose to spend money. In the past, the iOS apps were full price before even being able to try. And unlike the traditional model on desktop where you offer demo versions with stripped down functionality (thanks to the old shareware mindset of the 1990s), the free trial implemented as part of the subscription model on the App Store allows you to use the full experience for a full week. It’s the ultimate try before you buy experience!

Feature Comparison
See which version works best for you.

While the free version offers everything an aspiring DJ needs to get started, power users demand more professional features and content. With a simple in-app purchase via the App Store, all features can be made available instantly. The subscription has no obligation, so customers can cancel at anytime (see below).

The FREE version of djay includes the following features:

  • The two-deck Classic Mode, with vinyl control, a mixer, scrolling waveforms, looping, EQ, filter, and five FX.
  • Seamless integration with your music library.
  • Ableton Link tempo syncing.
  • Plug & play support for all official djay controllers including their built-in audio interfaces: Reloop Mixon 4, Beatpad 1 & 2, Mixtour, Pioneer DJ DDJ-WeGO 1–4, Pioneer DJ DDJ-200, ION iDJ 2 Go, Numark iDJ Live 1 & 2, Numark Mixdeck Quad.

The PRO subscription has all the above, plus:

  • Custom playlists, including smart playlist filtering.
  • 2 decks Pro view: view decks and library side by side.
  • 4 decks Pro view: mix up to four music tracks at once with full control and library.
  • Single deck preparation view.
  • Automix AI: Automatic DJ mixes based on machine learning.
  • VJ video mixing view with support for external monitors.
  • Pre-cueing with headphones.
  • Advanced MIDI learn system to map each control on users’ hardware individually.
  • Support for 50 controllers from Pioneer DJ, Reloop, Numark, Denon DJ, and others out-of-the-box.
  • Support for multi-channel audio interfaces.
  • NEW Looper music performance mode lets you play up to eight quantized audio and video loops out of a possible 48 loaded
  • PLUS, over 1 GB of high quality samples, loops, FX and visuals, with much more added in the future:
    • 30+ Audio FX from Sugar Bytes, including:
      • Space Flanger
      • Stutter Delay
      • Filter Machine
      • Wobble
      • Time Travel
    • 1240+ Audio loops from Loopmasters, including:
      • Ambient house
      • Deep house
      • Analog techno
      • Electro swing
      • Latin house
      • Neuro DnB
      • Retro 80s
      • Trance
    • 300+ Audio samples from Future Loops, including:
      • Chill
      • DJ vocal drops
      • Trap
      • Percussion pack
      • Hip hop vol. 1-4
    • 20+ Video loops from DocOptic, including:
      • Geometric Ride
      • Liquid Moon
      • Party Time
      • Space Clouds
      • Wave Twists

Thank you to our existing customers

The new version of djay replaces all of our existing iOS apps with a single, unified app on the App Store for new customers. However, our existing apps will continue to be available for existing customers to install.

The team at Algoriddim knows that without our devoted fans and customers, we would never have the opportunity to relaunch djay as a free app with all of the extras you can subscribe to.

Existing customers who have previously purchased any djay version on iOS and who have not upgraded yet using a previous upgrade offer are eligible for 6 months PRO subscription for FREE.

Have your say

We want to make sure customers get as much out of the djay Pro subscription as they can. If you have any feedback, don’t hesitate to contact us, and we hope you enjoy using the new djay as much as we enjoyed making it!

Subscription FAQs

How do I cancel my PRO subscription?

You can cancel your subscription at any time by clicking this link to manage your subscriptions, or through the Settings app on your iOS device.

  1. On your iOS device go to the Settings app > [your name] > iTunes & App Store.
  2. Tap your Apple ID at the top of the screen, then tap View Apple ID. You might need to sign in with your Apple ID.
  3. Scroll to Subscriptions, then tap it.
  4. Tap the djay subscription.
  5. Use the options to manage your subscription.

Please note: You will continue to have access to djay Pro until the end of your subscription cycle, after which you will still be able to use the FREE features.

I have bought older versions of djay before. Am I entitled to an upgrade discount?

Yes. With this new subscription service, existing customers of any existing djay version on iOS are eligible for a special upgrade offer of six months PRO subscription for FREE. This is a reward for previous users’ loyalty and support and way for existing users to fully use the new app with all its pro features and all available content provided within the app.

To access this discount, simply launch the new version of djay on a device that has your previous version of djay installed. See “How can I reinstall an older version of djay?” below.

What is the difference between the free and the PRO version?

The free version lets you mix with the two-deck Classic Mode, as well as our leading AI Automix feature. For a complete breakdown of the differences, check out our handy table.

If I subscribe to PRO on an iPhone, can I also use the PRO subscription on iPad and vice versa?

Yes. You only need to subscribe once per Apple ID. You can then use the PRO subscription on up to 10 iOS devices.

If you launch djay on a different device for the first time, simply tap “Restore Purchases” on the subscription sign-up screen and enter your information to extend your PRO subscription to this device.

Do you offer discounts for a yearly subscription?

Yes we do. The yearly pricing is 30% off the monthly. In order to switch to yearly pricing, users will have to go to their subscription settings where they can choose between monthly and yearly.

I use djay Pro on Mac/Windows. Will this have any implications?

No. the djay apps on both Windows and macOS will continue to work as they do, and continue to be supported for the foreseeable future.

Can I continue using the old versions of djay?

Yes. As long as you’ve purchased the app previously, you will still be able to install djay and vjay from the App Store alongside the new app. Cue Points, Loops, and metadata of songs will be seamlessly synchronized over iCloud.

How can I re-download an older version of djay?

You can reinstall your older version of djay using the following steps:

  1. Open the App Store app.
  2. Tap on “Updates” at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap the account button or your photo in the upper-right corner, then tap "Purchased". If you use Family Sharing, tap "My Purchases" or choose a family member’s name to see content that they purchased.
  4. Tap "Not on this [device]."
  5. Find your previously purchased djay or vjay app and click the cloud icon to download.

For more information please visit this Apple support document.

How can I try the subscription?

Once you install the free version, you will be able to try the subscription features and content for seven days via in app purchase.

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