Music streaming is like taking over that causes the number of digital music downloads to fall. However, that amount won’t fall to complete emptyness like that. There are still DJs and producers who still want to download those music tracks maybe for analysis or something. The major problem for DJs is that it is illegal to play those music tracks downloaded from certain music download services in a club or DJ events as according to Terms and Conditions of those services, digital music tracks purchased from those services should be for personal use only. Somehow, even Soundcloud falls under the same Terms and Conditions that it poses me a larger difficulty in organizing a proper collection needed for a gig one day. Some of the streaming services are LEGAL enough to use in a club and I think that it’s a great and recommended time for DJs to use them for new music discovery and fulfilling the requests. There are also tracks I downloaded from HiveEdit as well and the Terms and Conditions of it say that the materials are suitable for public performance although I don’t know if the word, material, applies to the tracks I downloaded as the first mixtape I made consisting of UK Hardcore tracks taken from Soundcloud was all for nothing. Maybe I should make another one with tracks from HiveEdit only or something but trying to find Trance tracks available from HiveEdit is a bigger challenge if I want to use those for a gig but I guess that some streaming services like Pulselocker are more recommended for me to use if I want to play safe in terms of legality.
There might be concerns about networking incompetence when streaming music as part of the gig. There may be times where the networking connection from either your computer or the club’s router is playing dumb on us that we may end up messing up the mix because of that. But the workaround is that some of the streaming services have the Offline Mode. I don’t know how it works but the thing is, it stores the music straight to the computer’s Temporary Files folder or something for offline use. However, that is not going to last long as streamed files do not remain on the computer’s hard disk compared to downloaded files.
Using vinyls and CDs for a gig may be a fine thing. The only that’s required is the license from the club if you want to play them legally but legality concern is not part of the webinar all along as that was my recent concern was before I joined the webinar for more informative answers.