So the iDJ is real and shipping by Christmas, eh?

As regular readers know, this site was host to some seriously annoyed turntablists and hardcore DJs when we first carried word of an iPod DJ mixer. (Ironically, the original scoop was on a vinyl-centric site.)

But now that the iDJ may actually be here, I think the reaction was probably overblown. Sure, without scratch capability you can’t do any serious DJing with iPods. Then again, few CD-based DJs can match a talented turntablist; like any other art form, DJing has its masters and its novices. And for the CDM audience, we have two reasons not to dismiss this mixer outright:

Good backup system: It’s nice to have a backup system around — and I wouldn’t mind presenting with this, thanks to S-Video support for the iPod Photo!

Good for parties: Those of you who are DJing the odd party and bar mitzvah, this should be fine. I’m guessing you’re not tearing up vinyl when you do that, or even using software like Traktor or Ableton Live.

Bitchin’ dock: Here’s where I come in: this is an admittedly cool way to run your iPods at home. Leave behind those various lame docks, and plug right into your stereo — completely with photo slide shows and a cross-fader. It’s just the kind of snobby, geeky extravagence I love.

So what’s your take? (Oh, fine, rant if you like.)

  • wselman

    Apart from the reasons mentioned, I can't see the value in this. Sadly, without a pitchshifter and limited cueing options (hence, no real beatmatching, for example), this isn't much more than a very attractive toy. Then again, I'm not entirely sure how one could eek this functionality out of an ipod unless the dj unit itself was buffering the audio. Since you can't pull files off the ipod (without a handy utility like Senuti), you certainly couldn't buffer an entire track into iDJ.

  • admin

    Who said anything about beat matching?

    Just kidding.

    Anyway, I agree . . . but it is a really cool toy, as I said. If you've got an itch, then scratch i– oh, wait, never mind.

  • rigel

    for the cost of two ipods plus this pseudo deck, you can get a cheap laptop and a copy of traktor.

    nuff said.

  • admin

    . . . amen.

    Or Ableton Live, for that matter.

  • wselman

    You can be a BAD DJ with it
    Right. With Traktor or Ableton Live, you can be a bad DJ and a DJ who is able to turn out a mix that sounds like it's not done by a bad DJ. With that in mind, it's pretty obviously which would be a better choice. However, you'd look much cooler behind this deck.

  • zebtron

    I saw this yesterdya at NAMM. Not too much to sayt about it other than I guess if you want one little deal to plug two iPods into, it probably meets that expectation đŸ˜‰

  • matt.long

    An interesting item. I can think of one or two friends who'd like it. It's not for me however. 8)

  • wezelboy

    It's a big disappointment without any pitch/tempo shifting abilities etc. Not surprising though. Too many legal issues and tiny testicles involved.