The 5 Best Free and Premium Apps for DJs in 2021

Whether you’re playing a paid gig or providing the music for your best friend’s house party, to get the best sound you need the best tools. We polled our readers to find out the best of the best when it comes to DJ apps—and they delivered.

Whether you’re a professional DJ, a hobbyist, or a complete beginner looking to get started, one thing’s for sure: there is no shortage of DJ apps to choose from. But with the plethora of apps available, how does one decide which app to choose?

Not every DJ app is created equal, so we turned to our readers to let us know which apps are their absolute favorites. In this article, we’ll cover the best DJ apps for pros and amateurs alike.

And if you lean strongly toward one of these apps, be sure to vote for your favorite at the end!

Get Greenlight in your inbox.

Join a community of 50,000+ small business owners and get insights and inspo every other week.

Djay Pro by Agloriddim turns the idea of club-quality DJing with streaming music a reality. The app seamlessly integrates your iTunes or Spotify library, giving you access to thousands of tracks to mix. Featuring 4-track mixing, sampling, effects and over 50 MIDI controllers, Djay Pro is among the best in mobile DJ software. Algoriddim recently introduced Neural Mix, which uses AI to deconstruct tracks and allows you to isolate vocals, beats, and instrument tracks in real time.

Pros:

  • One of the best auto-mixing mobile apps available
  • Integrates with Spotify and iTunes music libraries
  • Compatible with over 50 DJ controllers

Cons:

  • Spotify libraries can’t legally be played in public
  • Many features require the paid version
  • Streaming music can create issues with unreliable internet connections

Platforms:

  • iOS
  • Android
  • Mac
  • Windows

Price: Free, 4.99/mo, 39.99/year

App store rating: 4.6

Everyone has to start somewhere, and Mixxx offers possibly the best platform for a brand-new DJ to dive in on a budget. The free, open-source software features four decks, effects, chains and an overhauled library to give virtual DJs plenty to work with. While the interface could certainly use some fine-tuning, this app has all the functionality a virtual DJ could ask for from free software.

Pros:

  • Great set of tools for beginners to learn how to DJ
  • Smooth beatgrid and key detection
  • Impressive amount of features for free software
  • Free and open-source

Cons:

  • The interface can be confusing at times
  • Limited effects selection
  • MIDI sampling can be too complicated for new users to figure out

Platforms:

  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux

Price: Free

App store rating: N/A

This free virtual turntable is an Android exclusive offering that has been making waves among hobbyists and party DJs. With DJ Studio 5, you can mix, remix, scratch, pitch and loop your music on the go with ease. The app features 2 virtual turntables, a crossfader, 8 sound effects, 10 sample pads, and a 3-bands equalizer for each deck.

Pros:

  • User-friendly interface with customizable skins
  • Users can share their mixes on SoundCloud
  • Great for private parties and hangouts

Cons:

  • Display ads and loading times can cause issues
  • Manual slider mixer can be tricky to use
  • Difficult on smaller screens
  • Doesn’t have all the functionality a pro would want

Platforms:

  • Android

App Store Rating: 4.3

Price: Free

DJ Player Pro bills itself as “the only full-stack DJ software in the world.” What they mean by that is that most DJ software is created by repackaging multiple third-party components. With DJ Player Pro, every feature and component has been developed in-house to provide a seamless experience for iOS users. This is professional level software—with impressive stability and sound quality. The only caveat is that in order to get the full experience, DJs will have to pay premium prices.

Pros:

  • Perfect for professional DJs who need to perform in small spaces
  • Includes up to 4 decks and a multitude of powerful effects
  • Integrates with your iTunes library

Cons:

  • Constant need to use the on-screen “shift” button has caused headaches for some users
  • Premium version of software is expensive
  • Subscription pop-up can be intrusive for free version users

Platforms:

  • iOS
  • Mac

Price: Free with in-app purchases

App store rating: 3.6

The Edjing app has been around for a long time and gone through several iterations. The latest version allows you to tap into your own music library along with millions of tracks from cloud-based libraries like Deezer and SoundCloud. Mixing is a breeze and there are plenty of tools to guide novices toward creating their own epic mixes. For quick storage, the app gives users access to Google Drive and Dropbox.

Pros:

  • Great for both beginners and professionals
  • Allows users to record their mixes
  • Auto-mix, auto-sync and sampling capabilities

Cons:

  • Turntable view could use a lot of work to be useful
  • Positioning of some app functions can be frustrating
  • Some features unavailable in the free version

Platforms:

  • iOS
  • Android

Price: Free (free version), $7.99 (Pro version)

App store rating: 4.5

If you’re a professional DJ or are looking to bring your mixing game to the next level, there’s no better way to protect your investment and portray professionalism than carrying DJ insurance. DJ insurance covers claims like bodily injury, 3rd party property damage and errors & omissions.

Our readers have chosen eBay as their number one app for crafting businesses, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t open to second opinions. Which app is your personal favorite?

Get Greenlight in your inbox.

It's not every other newsletter. It's every other week, four minutes long, and just for small businesses.

Quick-thinking insurance for fast-moving businesses.

Get covered in minutes.