• djbiggz

    Does any one know we’re I can get top 40 from 2000 onwards?

  • nightmoves

    what is a good pool to get into, for jsut radio remixes hits top 40

  • therealphantomdj

    I use a multitude of Record Pools, But have found that Whitelabel.net and DJ City as well as X-mix for Variety has been great! PLUS!!! Whitelable is FREE!

  • Asdrubal

    Great article! Any chance that you would amend this article to include latino record pools? i’m specifically interested in finding a pool that remixes Latin such as bachata, salsa and merengue. Most of the pools that I’ve found offer the standard mix, but no remixes with intros or breaks.

  • Mario

    What pool do you recommend to start building your library. I’m just starting so I need a pool that can take me back a few decades?
    Thanks.

    • Asdrubal

      i recently subscribed to DMS because they have a great selection dating back to the 50s and the latest releases. I’ve also promo only, which I liked, but DMS definitely has a lot of options to build up your collection.

    • Asdrubal

      i recently subscribed to DMS because they have a great selection dating back to the 50s and the latest releases. I’ve also promo only, which I liked, but DMS definitely has a lot of options to build up your collection.

    • Asdrubal

      i recently subscribed to DMS because they have a great selection dating back to the 50s and the latest releases. I’ve also promo only, which I liked, but DMS definitely has a lot of options to build up your collection.

    • Asdrubal

      i recently subscribed to DMS because they have a great selection dating back to the 50s and the latest releases. I’ve also promo only, which I liked, but DMS definitely has a lot of options to build up your collection.

  • hot gurl

    I found one worth the mentioning http://www.urbanheatdjpool.com

  • DJ G Syde

    Although I think the site is undergoing maintenance and is only accepting payments for current members ($25 – $40/mo), I didn’t see any mention of BigCityDjs. http://www.bigcitydjs.com.

  • clew

    this is an awesome write up!!!!! I don’t know how accurate it is, but i suspect that it is on point.

  • iDJPool

    Wheres iDJPool they been around since 1985

  • Madadam

    do any of these pools let you preview and download to your mobile device

  • Falko

    Does ZipDj use intro’s and Outro’s on all there music?

    • The_KLH

      No. There are usually versions for download that have intros and/or outros.

  • Tor Decraene

    Nobody using DMS anymore?

  • http://www.byrequest.us/ By Request

    Promo Only POOL and/or ERG Music definitely deserve mention… especially for Mobile DJs who need a variety of genres.

  • djmixx649

    What do you recommend for Vidz?

  • http://www.facebook.com/DjTavi DeeJay Tavi

    any idea in latin music dj pools other than promoonly????

  • CEO

    Redesign of http://www.latenightrecordpool.com coming very very soon. Thanks for the write up Nick and thanks for everybody that supports LNRP

  • Chris McFarland

    I’m on Direct Music Service, DJCity, VJ Pro (for videos). All are top notch.

  • http://twitter.com/dionmavath Dion Mavath

    I really think these are useful for beginners, but it’s good to know on what you can rely on.

  • chris

    masspoolmp3.com great I’ve used them for years

  • DJ SixOne

    I’m looking for a pool that gives me old school hip hop R&B pop all that. And which record pool will give me access to under ground music.

  • Nick James (Seriously)

    Promo Only? Pretty much the only service I’ve found that offers Lossless & 320 Bitrate Mp3s and offers HD video all via download. Primecuts, X-Mix, or RPM? All of these have YEARS of legal service and offer a variety of formats and genres…some of these site mentioned aren’t actually legal.

    • Toontown

      Care to elaborate? Which sites aren’t legal? I’ve read and heard otherwise.

  • bijanstein3000

    which one would you guys recommend the most zipDJ or DJcity? I don’t care about the price but which one is better! I’ve never used a dj pool before I’ve always bought my stuff in Beatport and Itunes!

    • http://www.facebook.com/DJTEEOH Shuriken Tenshii

      djcity….been on it for a few years.

  • DjTonio

    mymp3pool.com is $20 a month and has a good mix of originals, intros/outros, remixes, and a wide variety of genres.

    • http://www.facebook.com/DJTEEOH Shuriken Tenshii

      hope they organized all that stuff, that’s why I left it.

  • JoeyRoxville

    how did BarBangerz.com not get a nod it’s been like the fastest growing open format pool of the year. weird.. DMS didn’t make it either?

    • http://www.facebook.com/omniomi Nick James

      I wanted to include DMS but wasn’t able to. They are working on updated to the site and didn’t want to have outdated information in the article but their updates sadly didn’t roll in time. I will write a standalone review of DMS when they’re changes go live which will be on DJF and Reddit. As for ClubKillers it completely slipped my mind tbh.

  • DJ HIGHNOONE

    Shout out to http://www.Latenightrecordpool.com also don’t forget about DMS

    • http://www.facebook.com/omniomi Nick James

      I wanted to include DMS but wasn’t able to. They are working on updated to the site and didn’t want to have outdated information in the article but their updates sadly didn’t roll in time. I will write a standalone review of DMS when they’re changes go live.

  • DJ MIRACLE

    Club Killers hands down is my go to – I use to use DMS, but CK is where it’s at now for my music game! Nice write up though Nick.

  • hardcoreplur

    >Buy NAS with 16TB
    >buy one month subscription
    >use website ripper to download whole
    >…
    >Profit!!!

    • Jose

      Have you tried that?

      • hardcoreplur

        nope.

        • Jose

          I don’t think that will work.

  • http://www.djraizenyc.com djraize

    Definitely leaving clubkillers.com and dms out of the conversation. Definitely solid pools. You also forgot to include video pools which there’s vjpro and xtendamix… Instead of a waste of time with the 4th pool, you could have rounded out a solid top 5 with DMS and Clubkillers.

    • http://www.facebook.com/omniomi Nick James

      I wanted to include DMS but wasn’t able to. They are working on updated to the site and didn’t want to have outdated information in the article but their updates sadly didn’t roll in time. I will write a standalone review of DMS when they’re changes go live which will be on DJF and Reddit. As for ClubKillers it completely slipped my mind tbh.

  • http://MusicYouCanSee.com/ Todd Williams

    What about VIDEO pools for video dj’s?!

    • tr4gik

      VJ-Pro ?

  • Mike Miner

    I used mp320vip.com mostly for dub house and tech house but their customer service is more than poor. Can some of you advice me substitute with this kind of music?

  • Nukemi

    I mainly spin electrohouse/Dnb, but am not commercial. However, i am mad about browsing music all day. Would one of the record pools be good for me? Are they worth the money if i am not really interested in the top40 or so?

  • http://profiles.google.com/gowers alex gowers

    I think you are already established as a DJ with good like and a radio show you can just ask people about mailing lists for top 40 and contact all the artists you want current underground hits from. Beatport is always late to the party with releases going on iTunes at the same time. A real DJ will hunt down per-release for exclusives. You should be getting sent releases early any way. I don’t get DJ pools they are just for suckers who can’t talk to people and you’re paying these guys for that alone! If you have a mouth which you all do just bloody use it!

    • http://www.facebook.com/omniomi Nick James

      I get promo tracks from a handful of producers and one or two smaller labels but it’s not realistic to expect labels to email you all the hottest tracks unless you’re a remix producer, some super big name, or have some other deal with them.

      I also don’t think you can expect labels like EMI, Sony, Universal, etc to send promo tracks directly to a DJ in a <500 person club in some small market for example. Pools have a purpose but if you get all of your music sent to you by labels good for you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jonathan-Chasse/184700569 Jonathan Chasse

    one people have not talked about is http://www.breakzrus.com/ i have used it manny times and for hip hop and top 40 its great

    • http://www.facebook.com/omniomi Nick James

      I was just reading there FAQ and this caught my attention “The majority of our users prefer Serato Scratch Live or Stanton Final Scratch.” I think their FAQ needs an update, I haven’t seen anyone use Stanton FS in probably 6-7 years especially considering it has no real software support anymore.

      I’ll probe around a bit though :) thanks for the recommendation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ray.perry.9085 Ray Perry

    I use digitaldjpool its great for current hits but their library only goes back to like 2006. Its great for the price though and since it is my only pool since i started djing i recommend it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonahsethgoodman Jonah Goodman

    Why didn’t you include Digiwaxx.com?

    • http://www.facebook.com/omniomi Nick James

      It simply wasn’t possible to review every pool out there. In the vast majority of cases the pools I have tried over the years I have paid for out of pocket and as much as I would have liked to include 10 pools in a SUPER MEGA review I simply wasn’t willing to shell out for 10 memberships.

      As time goes by though I’ll review more pools and as always I’ll post my single-site reviews to DJF and Reddit.

  • Chris

    Isnt DJCity a pirate website? I mean honestly they have tracks and remixes for things that havnt been released by the artists which is why I never got a membership there, anyways just did a tour of zipDJ seems legit and they have stuff I cant find anywhere else unless its 256kbps itunes crap, is everything 320 there?

    • http://www.facebook.com/omniomi Nick James

      Everything I have read says DJCity is legit and I have no reason to believe otherwise. Lots of record pool contracts get the pool the songs at the same time as they’re being sent to remixers so pre-release tracks aren’t unheard of on pools and can actually be quite common from some labels who want a song to get exposure before it goes on sale. I’ve seen bootlegs and such on DJCity before but bootlegs make it on to a lot of pools so it doesn’t speak to the overall authenticity.

      zipDJ is definitely legit as well and everything is 320 Kbps with the exception of maybe 0.01% of releases which might fall at 256 Kbps but it’s very rare, it’s a similar story with the other pools as well… Some releases the labels just don’t give out 320′s but it doesn’t happen often. You could download hundreds of tracks and never see anything below 320.

      • Informer20010

        I honestly downloaded a tune from DJ City last year thinking it was all legit. The track was “Feel The Love” by Rudimental.

        Anyway, downloaded, started listening, everything seemed fine. Then I noticed the end of the track seemed to fade quite abruptly, them I caught about half a second of a DJ talking. Knew the voice straight away, it was Zane Lowe from Radio 1… The track was a radio rip!!!

        Now, please tell me, how is that legit?

        I’m not having a go, because they do a very good job at looking legit, but they are no more legit than piratebay!

  • Dj Chill Gee

    What is the deal with FunkMaster Flex record pool, how dose it rate?

    • http://www.facebook.com/DJTEEOH Shuriken Tenshii

      crap

  • sumzero

    it would be helpful if this included which regions are covered by which pools…

  • Ashley

    I have used many pools and have come down to zipDJ for my music.

  • TB

    “ZipDJ: a
    pool with over 1,000 major record labels behind it…”

    1,000 MAJOR record label? :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/omniomi Nick James

      “zipDJ is serviced by over 1000+ major and top independent record labels worldwide.”

      That got snipped when I copied it from the site. You are correct, not all of their partners are major but they are partnered with most of the major labels like EMI, Sony, Universal, Warner, etc.

  • http://www.facebook.com/djeightyfour D.j. Eightyfour

    You guys forgot about https://www.franchiserecordpool.com they are great for almost everything I think, Hip hop, R&B, Mainstream/Top 40′s, remixes, Videos (the video section is a bit lacking but they recently started soo it will build up over time) Also, they have cool stuff for dj’s to use. Check it out.

    • Gio

      I was kind of surprised that the did not mention franchise either.

    • Damion Gooden

      can you get house and edm with them

  • http://www.facebook.com/gustavolanzas Gustavo Lanzas

    Also – surprised to see no mention of Serato’s whitelabel.net service (which is insanely expensive for labels, but reaches a lot of djs) and newer alternatives like pulselocker.com (not quite a promo pool – but great way to preview music).

  • http://www.facebook.com/gustavolanzas Gustavo Lanzas

    Posting not as a DJ but as a label owner. I run nudephotomusic.com – a deep house / deep techno label. I used zipdj and a few other services – mypromopool.com (now defunct apparently) and releasepromo.com for some of my earlier releases. What I found was that within 24hrs of promos being posted, they would wind up on sharing sites. I stopped using promo pools and started my own promo list. No more piracy problems. Most smaller labels I know run their own promo lists – never hurts to email and inquire. Give good feedback and you could find yourself on several high quality lists. :)

    • Branded Travesty

      yea i am on a few random promo pools for labels (randomly get emails for free music which is nice) def a good way to connect with artists and get some solid feedback

  • Method

    Really surprised that Direct Music Service (DMS) wasn’t included in this article

    • http://www.facebook.com/omniomi Nick James

      They’re currently working on a site redesign and didn’t want the old version reviewed with changes right around the corner. Sadly the new version didn’t come fast enough to make it into the article. I will do a stand alone review of their service for DJF and Reddit when they’re new site goes live.

      • Method

        Ah ok.

  • phil

    Why promote the playing of mp3′s!? Why don’t any of the digital pools do lossless? The current state of broadband can easily handle the extra data.

    • http://www.facebook.com/omniomi Nick James

      I totally get where you’re coming from but even on Beatport where I have the option to grab lossless I still usually grab MP3s. I’ve played everything from tiny clubs to massive festival stages with MP3s (320Kbps) and the difference between them and WAV files is negligible but the amount of room they take up on my thumb drives is not.

      You would think the biggest sound systems are where you need the best quality possibly but the truth is they’re so loud that ear fatigue sets in so quickly that people couldn’t hear the difference even if they were looking for it.

      • phil

        I hear ya, but with 25gig thumb drives costing 20 bucks or less, I can easily and cheaply fit all my lossless tracks for extremely long sets on one drive. Who needs 25 gig of mp3′s for a set? My mo is to torrent mass amounts of mp3′s then buy the lossless version for tracks I want to play out.

        I disagree though on sound, and maybe it’s all placebo but I can tell the difference on high powered systems especially. Just this last weekend, you could easily tell the difference when the dj’s switched over, one playing mp3′s the other vinyl. It was pretty dramatic imo.

        Thanks for the article though, just wish us dj’s, stewards of musical culture we are would maintain fidelity integrity :). It just allows for further degradation down the line. For example when you stream last weekends show of yourself playing mp3′s. Then we’re getting a 128k transcode of 320k mp3′s, just horrible. The extra space and bandwidth needed in order to play lossless is negligible at this point. The one extra thumb drive you need is a fraction of the cost of one month of these various pools.

        • Anonymous

          Lossless can sometimes provide a noticeable improvement over mp3s but there are many variables at play, including the quality of the original mastered track and the quality of the mp3 compression. Digital music sounds pretty good and it gets the job done. But comparing any digital format to vinyl is another matter.

          I’ve been DJing for over 20 years and I made the jump to digital a long time ago: first via CDs, then on a laptop and as much as love the digital formats and all of the benefits and features they provide, I still have to admit that digital can’t touch the sound of vinyl.

          I know a lot of digital DJs try to dismiss that as a myth and placebo effect but IMO, they’re just trying to rationalize the truth. EVERY time a DJ comes on playing real vinyl after a digital DJ, the difference is dramatically obvious: much deeper low end, richer and fuller sound across the whole range, less fatiguing – really, you’d have to be deaf not to notice the it and in total denial not to appreciate it.

          Some day, digital music may get to match or surpass the sound of vinyl but it ain’t there yet.

    • Anonymous

      Promo Only Online does lossless

      • phil

        Awesome! Thanks!

      • Irvin Cee

        thx

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1094993484 Stefano Paganelli

    zipDJ is probably the best… ;-)

  • insidevoid

    These record pools are nice services but they are not for me. None of them carry any of the artists that I spin. I rather go dig for tracks like Nick James mentioned. But if your looking for popular and don’t want to dig for tracks these services are for you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/omniomi Nick James

      Haha, I hear you, and don’t get me wrong my monthly Beatport bill is still excessive. I get a fair chunk of my House and Tech House from ZipDJ but they don’t have a few of the labels I love like Toolroom Records, that I have to get from Beatport.

      • insidevoid

        I mainly use Junodownload or go to the record label’s website to grab my music and yes my monthly bill is up there too lol. I spin mostly dark D&B so I usually have a hard time finding what I like without going through tons of tracks that I don’t really care for. But again don’t mind my ranting I like the idea of these services provide for us DJ’s.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Dadblaster69 Will Hart

    You forgot thepiratebay.sx

    • http://www.facebook.com/omniomi Nick James

      I’m guessing this was tongue in cheek but the whole idea here is to make music accessible and affordable so people don’t pirate. Even ignoring the moral issue of making money as a DJ with pirated music there’s no guarantee of quality with pirated music. I quite happily pay for all of my music minus the stuff that’s sent to me by producers as promos.

      • Phatbob

        Yeah. ‘Cos Digital DJ Pool is 100% legal. Definitely. /s

        • http://www.facebook.com/omniomi Nick James

          I looked into it as best as I could before including them in the article (someone requested that I review them a while back). Based on their terms of service and a review I found on another site where the writer had contacted some record labels who confirmed they supplied DDJP I included them.

          They do seem to have some bootlegs though which is certainly questionable.

          I highly recommend vetting any music source you use before giving them money. Even sources like Beatport may not conform to laws and regulations in some jurisdictions.

          • Branded Travesty

            i was curious to see if any of my music was on DJ City (labels have been sending my stuff to Rdio and Spotify and all that meaning i get $0) and a bootleg i made a long time ago is listed on the site (made an extended version of Antidote from the preview so i could play it out), made me laugh that they have it listed, doesnt even say its a bootleg, they have it listed as a remix

  • http://twitter.com/DJCASE CAS?

    I also think that clubkillers.com is a site that has a big database of music that is worth mentioning. They’re service is as great as djcity.com (I have both).

    • http://www.facebook.com/omniomi Nick James

      ClubKillers comes up a lot in discussions about pools on various sites but it completely slipped my mind when I was preparing this article. I’ll have to take a look at them again.

    • MacTheDJ.Com

      Where is the record pool for club killers? it looks like a clothing company?

      • ZLuck

        You have to be a member to see the record pool portion.

    • Damian

      great write up! big fan of clubkillers.com & djcity.com :)

  • http://twitter.com/StayFlyEatFries Stathis Stefanidis

    I think http://www.i12inch.com is worth mentioning. $500 bucks for a year of access to all their music, or you can buy songs individually. You can’t batch download, but they have a lot of really cool bootlegs that I haven’t seen anywhere else.

    Also Promo Only has a (fairly) new service called POOL where you can download your subscriptions using their app. It’s worth checking into if you’re a PO fan.

    • http://www.facebook.com/omniomi Nick James

      I’ll have to checkout i12inch and Promo Only is one of the pools I remember from back in the day when pools sent actual CDs or Records so I’ll have to check that out as well. I still have a stack of Promo Only CDs at home from years ago.

  • Anonymous

    I think masspoolmp3.com is one of the best. I used zipdj in a few months. But I went back to masspoolmp3 because I think they had a lot more variety in music and remixes

    • http://www.facebook.com/omniomi Nick James

      I’ll take a look, I’m a little concerned that the #1 track on their charts is over a year old though.

      • djjoeyT

        Really? I just checked and saw all current music on their charts. I have heard good things about them and I know they get nominated for record pool of the year at the WMC IDMAs, so they must be doing something right. Oh, and the correct link is http://www.masspoolmp3.com.

  • DJ Draco

    DJ City also has an App for iPhone to allow you to preview songs and favorite them for later when you are not on your computer.

    • http://www.facebook.com/omniomi Nick James

      I believe they also have on for Android but I admit I never checked it out. I like to devote a couple hours a week to digging for music where I sit down and do nothing else so digging on the go has never been a concern for me.

      • Buddy Luv

        I’ve been told that zipDJ has an app coming soon with their new Version 3.

  • Mepmep

    How does one submit a song to the record pool? Is that one of the functions of the record label?

    • Dan White

      Yes – a good label will also take care of this for you, especially if you’re making DJ-friendly tracks.

    • http://www.facebook.com/omniomi Nick James

      A lot of the pools have submission forms but as Dan said it’s usually on the label to do it for you. Submitting original stuff is generally easier than remixes when you do it on your own as they will have deals with their label partners not to carry bootlegs in a lot of cases.

  • Evgeny Kuchkov

    useless for ghettofunk djs

    • http://www.facebook.com/omniomi Nick James

      Haha, find me a Ghetto Funk pool and I’ll review the heck out of it.

    • http://twitter.com/droxpopuli Droxpopuli

      the whole GhettoFunk scene prides itself on exclucivity and personal VIPs and re-rubs. A record pool would be silly considering the scene. The old hip hop one would be good though for Ghetto Funk guys. Get lots of ol’skool and such, play outside of what is just handed out in the icons compilation.

      • Djhustleman

        I want to know more about the ghetto funk scene…not copy their music…I google nothing comes up…

    • http://www.facebook.com/alexandru.sereseoan Alexandru Sereseoan

      Exactly my thoughts! But we do have this:
      http://ghettofunk.co.uk/vip/promo-subscriptions/ :-)

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      • Evgeny Kuchkov

        yep I do :)

  • Haustrap

    Nice…thanks DJTT!