Beatport Adds Three New Genre Tags, Takes the 'EDM' Out of 'Progressive House'

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Digital crate diggers, rejoice! There are tens of thousands of songs out there, and each day brings a heavier load, but someone out there wants to give you a break.

Beatport recently restructured to hone its original mission “to be the DJ's MP3 store of choice,” and part of that restructuring has been the creation of three new genres. Employees have been busy re-categorizing more than 500,000 tracks keeping in mind three new tags; dance, big room and future house.

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Beatport understands that mainstream EDM and so-called underground DJs both look to its site as the leading music distributor, and while sometimes these interests overlap, they don't mix sonically quite as much as the Beatport library currently does. After Sept. 12, you shouldn't find any main stage festival EDM anthems in the “progressive house” category. So things will also go in the “deep house,” “electronica,” and “house” arenas.

It's Beatport's intention that users on both sides of the taste spectrum should find what their looking for faster and with much greater ease.

“It’s been (Beatport's) number one feature request for many years, and we are now delivering on our promise,” a representative says. “It’s not a step that they’ve taken lightly. They took all of their customer feedback and worked through the changes with a selection of key labels and respected artists to make sure the genres are as accurate as possible.