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Beatport Set to Remove Unsold Tracks from Before 2019 In New Clean-Up

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There is more music out there then is being consumed and one of the leaders and biggest online stores for digital music, Beatport has an ever-growing and extremely vast catalog.

Used by consumers and industry folk alike, Beatport has only grown stronger in the past year with Apple announcing that they are phasing out iTunes. Just days ago, the giant digital music store announced they will be starting a “yearly storage clean-up procedure” to edit their catalog from later this year. 


As first reported by DJ Tech Tools, the said clean-up procedure will start at the end of the previous calendar year – so for this first round, the impacted tracks will be the ones with no sales and released prior to January 1, 2019. They do however plan to do this on a yearly basis so as to declutter the catalog a bit. 

Jason Woholstadter from Proton Radio and Crates.co shared the letter from Beatport sent out to Labels and Music suppliers earlier this week.

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Just like there are two sides to a coin, we can see the positive and negative impacts of this move from Beatport. For many artists out there digital music stores such as Beatport were where their music lived forever, with or without engagement on the tracks.  But on the flip side for even a mammoth-like Beatport, if they let the endless stream of incoming music sit on their catalog, it makes it much harder to maintain and curate the quality of their offerings. 

It’s not likely that this spring cleaning will automatically make Beatport any significant savings, it will surely help push artists and labels to push sales of the track to ensure a continued space on Beatport, resulting in benefits to both. 

While this clean-up will be solely on Beatport, it will not impact the same tracks on other platforms. What remains to be seen however is for how long now this remains to be the case. 

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Melody Siganporia

Content Writer | EDM News & Editorials at T.H.E - Music Essentials
Techie by day, rager by night. Full-time Expert at Apple and part-time writer with multiple EDM publications based in the Big Apple. My interest in the dance music scene began about 10 years ago and there was no looking back from there. I got involved with it on a professional level in 2013-2014 when I joined the core team for a leading music festival in India. Managing the entire Digital Marketing piece for them in addition to the Public Relations aspect, helped me gain insights into the industry. Upon moving to NYC a few years after, I decided to combine my passion for the music along with my flare with words and began contributing to EDM publications as a freelance writer.
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