"In our effort to be so many different things, we lost focus on bringing the best possible service and capabilities to our most loyal customers."
Dramatic changes are in progress at Beatport. Effective Friday, May 13, the company will be shutting down its music and video streaming platforms, its mobile app, its Beatport News section and its Events vertical, according to a statement posted to the company's website. The site will return its focus to the Beatport Store, which has been in operation for 12 years.
The announcement comes amid plans for its parent company, dance music promoter SFX Entertainment, to auction off the service it acquired for $50 million in 2013 amid a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. Bids for that auction were originally due April 25, but a delay in proceedings extended that date until May 3 with a winner set to be announced May 26. That auction has now been suspended, according to Beatport's statement, though the company plans "to continue considering offers."
“Beatport has made a strategic decision to return to its roots, focusing its efforts on its flagship Beatport Store, the leading global source of electronic music for DJs and consumers," SFX wrote in a statement provided to Billboard. "Going forward, SFX will concentrate its resources and efforts on supporting and enhancing the Beatport Store. We believe that these actions are essential to maintaining the viability of the business while directing resources to serving our core DJ customer base."