Are 1.3 million people wrong about the top DJ in the world?

Compare a popular vote about the best DJs in the world with cold hard chart data of top electronic artists, and there’s quite a difference.

Every year the world’s electronic music fans cast their vote for the top 100 DJs for a DJ Mag poll. In 2021, after over a million votes were cast, David Guetta was declared the top DJ in the world.

But when DJ Mag’s list of the top DJs in the world was analysed by Viberate and compared with real chart data, the results told a different story.

The top five in the popular vote were: David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Armin van Buuren, Alok, and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. Music analytics company Viberate’s data however shows that Marshmello, David Guetta, Alan Walker, Calvin Harris and The Chainsmokers made up the top five by cross-platform popularity between 2020-2021.



Why does any of this matter? The argument is, as Viberate notes, public votes are always a slightly skewed way of declaring a victor. (Nobody mention Brexit…)

There’s always personal bias when casting a vote for a “best” artist, and you won’t get a genuine result from asking hardcore DJ fans an opinion versus looking at the data of what electronic artists the wider world actually listen to.

Viberate uncovered some other stats about popular DJs in their data. David Guetta is a constant – it’s also the third time he’s topped DJ Mag’s popular vote. Alok came fourth in the DJ Mag poll and tenth according to Viberate’s chart data.

EDM artists reign supreme, making up a huge 72% of Viberate’s list, whilst 10% are House artists and other electronic genres fill the remaining percentage.

You can see the popular vote results versus real-life chart data in full below:


As Viberate point out, you can change an outcome of a poll by convincing others to vote for your “team,” but you can’t argue with neutral data from across a set period of time. That’s their take on it, anyway.

Please feel free to complain in the comments about who you think should have been number one on DJ Mag’s top 100.


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Use this free Electric Piano VST to make Lo-fi music and Chillout tracks

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This Electric Piano VST, free from Audiolatry, is really versatile and sounds great.

A new free electric piano VST has joined Audiolatry’s Upright Piano plugin download, and it’s just as good. The tone of the plugin is impressive, offering a range of sounds from two sampled electric pianos – so it’s really two free virtual instruments in one.

Watch the free plugin in action below. Listening, you can imagine adding some electric piano over a slow lo-fi hip-hop beat, or giving a jazz track a soothing keys accompaniment.


The plugin has two velocity layers and features including reverb; a customisable tremolo module, which adds some wobble; panning; and a low pass and high pass filter cut off.

One downside is the plugin only works on Windows, though a macOS version is incoming. That’s true too for the Upright Piano VST, which you can check out here.


Download the Electric Piano plugin for free here.

What is the Deezer app?

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Deezer is a popular music streaming platform that lets you play a huge catalogue of music with lots of free features.

Deezer offers music streaming and podcasts with free and Premium subscription options to choose from. The service is available as an app for iOS, Android and on desktop, as well as on devices like smart speakers and within your browser.

Whilst not quite as popular as Spotify, the French streaming service has been around for nearly as long, arriving on the scene in 2007. Nowadays, the Deezer app is available in over 185 countries and has many similar features as other big streaming platforms like Apple Music and Amazon Music – including a catalogue of 73 million songs.

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Deezer’s free version is a stripped back subscription, but it still gives you song recommendations, live radio, and playlist creation tools for music and podcasts. There’s also features like lyrics and SongCatcher, which is a Shazam-like song identifier that will tell you what song is playing around you in real time. 

As the service is free, you pay for it by putting up with advertisements and being permanently stuck in shuffle mode. Deezer Premium subscription meanwhile lets you choose what songs to play, with the bonus of no adverts, plus the ability to download tracks for offline listening.

You can try out the Deezer app with Premium for a month for free. After that the Deezer monthly cost starts at $9.99 a month, with HiFi streaming and 360 Reality Audio available for $14.99 a month. Deezer for Students offers a discount, and Family lets six accounts access Premium for $17.99. Check out the full details of plans here.


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Sell merch on your artist page with Shopify now on Spotify for Artists

Spotify for Artists now offers artists the ability to add merchandise to their Spotify artist pages.

Spotify have teamed up with the too-conveniently-named-to-not-become-a-partner Shopify to offer merchandise on artist pages through their artist platform Spotify for Artists. Artists can now build the earning possibilities on their artist page by adding more for fans to find and purchase including merchandise, tickets for gigs, and more.

Spotify’s partnership with Shopify opens up the opportunity for all artists to simply load up their Spotify for Artists platform and linking it to their Shopify store. To get artists started with their new potential market, Shopify are offering a 90-day free trial to all Spotify artists who sign up for the first time.

Camille Hearst, the Head of Spotify for Artists says: “For many fans, Spotify is the primary way they interact with an artists’ music, and we are excited to give artists a new way to capitalize on that moment. We want to provide artists with as many resources as possible to help turn listeners into fans, fans into superfans and, ultimately, help artists earn more.

“The integration of Shopify’s powerful backend for powering commerce presents a significant step forward in our efforts to help artists maximize additional revenue streams and give them agency over their careers.”

Shopify’s Director of Product, Amir Kabbara said: ““Thousands of artists already choose Shopify as their commerce platform, and now we’re bringing fans and artists even closer together with the launch of the Spotify channel. Artists today are entrepreneurial. They’re building multifaceted brands and businesses, and now we’re making it easier for them to meet fans where they are. By bringing entrepreneurship to Spotify, we’re empowering artists to think beyond the traditional merch table with new ways to monetize, and to experiment with their brands through commerce.”

Head to your Spotify for Artists account, click the Profile tab, and then select Merch to get started. Artists are able to display three items for their store that they want to appear on their artist page. Artists need note that they can only add one Shopify store to their Spotify for Artists account.

Amazon Music make spatial audio available with any headphones

Spatial audio on Amazon Music no longer requires any special equipment. All you need is your phone and existing pair of headphones.

Amazon Music first introduced spatial audio to their music streaming service in 2019. With Dolby Atmos and Sony’s 360 Reality Audio, spatial audio provides listeners with a fully immersive, three-dimensional audio experience with unparalleled space, clarity and depth in the music. Spatial audio was available to all Unlimited subscribers on select smart speakers. Now, Amazon Music spatial audio on iOS and Android will support more speakers and all headphones with no additional equipment required.

Spatial audio supported speakers includes select Alexa Cast speakers, including Echo Studio, as well as 360 Reality Audio on Sony’s SRS-RA5000 and SRS-RA3000 wireless speakers, and their HT-A9, HT-A7000 and HT-A5000 home theatre systems. Later this year, spatial audio on Amazon Music with Dolby Atmos is coming to Sonos Arc and Beam (Gen 2) soundbars.

We’ve always believed that the highest-quality audio possible should be the norm for streaming music, and that’s why today, we’re making spatial audio available to our customers without any special equipment needed, and no upgrade required. We can’t wait for even more fans around the world to be able to hear the vibrancy and nuance of music in spatial audio with just their favorite headphones, and discover new details in the albums they love for the very first time.

Steve Boom, vice president, Amazon Music

Since launching, Amazon’s spatial audio catalogue has grown by more than 20 times. Along with the update, Amazon announced some new artists and albums with spatial audio, including Coldplay, Lil Nas X, Remi Wolf‘s debut album Juno, FINNEAS‘ new album Optimist, Rüfüs Du Sol‘s fourth album Surrender, and Alicia Keys’ full catalogue in 360 Reality Audio, with classic albums such as Songs in A Minor and Girl on Fire. In November, Amazon Music will exclusively release Mercury – Act 1 (Amazon Music Live), the brand-new EP from Image Dragons in Dolby Atmos. The five-track EP includes music from the album’s release live stream, recorded from the rooftop of Amazon Music in Brooklyn.

We recorded our new album Mercury – Act I with Rick Rubin at Shangri-La studios in Malibu, and it’s great to have a new avenue for people to experience the space and depth in those rooms through these new Dolby Atmos mixes. We’re excited to share our first acoustic live EP of some of these tracks that we recorded with Amazon Music.

Imagine Dragons

Over the last year, my engineer Ann Mincieli and I worked passionately to reimagine my catalog in 360 Reality Audio, a process that found us pouring through music we love endlessly! Making these spatial audio mixes revealed unforgettable moments—little details that define a song but tend to hide in the mix. I’m so proud of the results, and I can’t wait for you to fall in love all over again with my music in 360 Reality Audio on Amazon Music.

Alicia Keys

Amazon Music aren’t the only music streaming service to offer spatial audio. Earlier this year, Apple Music introduced spatial audio with Dolby Atmos support at no extra cost. Apple’s USP here is dynamic head tracking with AirPods, AirPods Pro and AirPods Max. A feature hard for others to replicate, as it requires tight integration between Apple’s software and hardware.

The update is now automatically available to all Amazon Music Unlimited Individual, Family and Student subscribers and is turned on by default.

Amazon Music Unlimited is available for $9.99 per month or $7.99 per month to Prime members. This gives users access to 75 million songs on-demand, ad-free and offline, as well as HD and Ultra HD music, podcasts and of course spatial audio. Amazon are currently offering 3-month free trials for new subscribers, for a limited time.


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Where is my Amazon Music download?

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Downloaded a song on Amazon Music, and now it seems to have completely disappeared? Here’s where to look first.

Unlimited music streaming is all very well on Wi-Fi, but sometimes on the move you want to save data – and for Amazon Music users, downloading a song for offline listening is your saviour. Plenty of people also choose to support artists by buying a song as an Amazon Music digital download for their device.

Don’t panic if you can’t find where your Amazon Music song has downloaded to. It should be lurking in one of the following places.


Where can I find my Amazon Music Unlimited offline tracks?

When you download a song from Prime Music or Amazon Music Unlimited to listen offline, the track isn’t sent to your device as a file. The song will stay on the Amazon Music app, with a tick next to it to show you’ve downloaded it for offline listening.


Where are my purchased downloads?

Buy a track from Amazon Music and you can download it to your PC or Mac, yours to keep and listen to on whatever media player you like.

Lost your download? To find it within the app, head to your Library and select Songs. Hit Purchased to see the list of music you’ve bought. From there you can click the download button by your chosen album or track, or drag and drop it to the Download section in Actions on the sidebar.

To download music in browser, select the purchased tracks and click Download. You might be asked if you want to install the Amazon Music app – select No thanks, just download music files directly. Select Save and open the file when the download finishes.


Where do my Amazon Music downloads go on my computer?

Amazon Music downloads save to a default folder on PC or Mac. That should mean your tracks will be in the My Music location on Windows or the Music folder of your Mac.

If you’ve downloaded from browser, a single song will download as an MP3 – more than one will be in a ZIP file.

On the Amazon Music app meanwhile, your downloads will be in the Recently Downloaded section.

Still struggling? Head to the Amazon Music forums for more help.


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Spotify expand their limited release of Car Thing

Spotify are offering Car Thing, their in-car music and podcast player, to more people on the waitlist for $79.99.

Spotify officially launched their first hardware product in April earlier this year. Car Thing is the real name of their in-car player that gives you easy access to music, news, entertainment, talk and more on the road. With touch, physical and voice control options, Spotify’s Car Thing is designed to work alongside an existing infotainment system.

Spotify are now expanding their limited U.S. release of Car Thing to more people on the waitlist. Car Thing still requires a Premium subscription, either Individual, Family, Duo or Student, and a paired smartphone for data. Unfortunately the device is no longer free to those chosen on the waitlist. If selected, you will be able to purchase Car Thing for $79.99, which is worth doing regardless of whether you plan on using it, as the resale value is currently much higher. Anyone, Free and Premium users, can sign up to the waitlist here. Spotify says they are continuing to improve the device via software updates.

How to get music on Apple Music and iTunes on time this Holiday Season 2021

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Here are the dates to upload your music by this year to ensure it’s uploaded in time with delays around the New Year.

If you have an upcoming release that you’re planning to upload in the next few months approaching the Holiday Season and the New Year, here are the dates you need to bear in mind. When planning your upcoming release please use this calendar to allow yourself time for upload to Apple Music and iTunes.

Release DateDelivery Deadline
November 26, 2021November 12, 2021
December 3, 2021November 19, 2021
December 10, 2021December 3, 2021
December 17, 2021December 10, 2021
December 24, 2021December 10, 2021
December 31, 2021December 17, 2021
January 7, 2022December 24, 2021

Bear in mind that when uploading your music through RouteNote you will need to pass moderation before being sent to stores. Whilst we aim to moderate your releases within 5 days, there may be an issue with your release which needs action before we can review it again and approve it if the changes are made.

Please allow time for moderation, potential changes to be made, and then for delivery between us and Apple when considering their own delivery deadlines and release date schedules for the Holiday Season this year.

If you are updating your releases that are already uploaded to Apple Music and iTunes then please also consider delays due to the change in schedule and that your music might not be updated as quickly as usual between the 20th December 2021 and the 1st January 2022.

If you have any questions or issues then get in touch with us via a Support Ticket or at support@routenote.com

What is the best MacBook for music production?

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Apple’s redesigned MacBook Pro 14 and 16-inch with the new M1 Pro and M1 Max are the most powerful laptops from Apple.

Apple first announced their transition away from Intel and to their own silicon Macs at WWDC 2020. Their first three products featuring the M1 chip were the Mac mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, before also coming to the iMac and iPad Pro. These five products were praised for their power and efficiency. Since the launch of M1, pros have eagerly been awaiting something higher end. At Apple’s latest event, we finally saw the launch of the new MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max, along with new AirPods, HomePod mini colours and Apple Music Voice Plan.

With up to a 10-core CPU and 32-core GPU, M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBooks are perfect for editing massive spatial audio projects with hundreds of high quality tracks and effects. After the event, Apple updated their pro music creation software Logic Pro with spatial audio features, royalty-free Producer Packs and extra power to take advantage of all that extra power. Apple says the 10-core CPU in both chips allow for up to 3x more Amp Designer plug-ins in Logic Pro when compared to the previous-generation high-end 13-inch model.

Beyond performance, Apple redesigned the entire laptop with an improved display, battery life, camera, audio system and connectivity. Connectivity is improved with more ports including a headphone jack that supports high-impedance headphones. The audio system is improved with “industry-leading, studio-quality” microphones that have an even lower noise floor, for clearer calls and recordings, plus a high-fidelity six-speaker sound system, from two tweeter and four force-cancelling woofers, ensuring a clearer soundstage and 80% more bass. The new speaker system supports spatial audio, bringing a three-dimensional, theatre-like listening experience to music and movies in Dolby Atmos.

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The MacBook 14 and 16-inch with M1 Pro and M1 Max are available to pre-order today online. They will be in stores and start shipping on Tuesday 26th October. The 14-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,999, while the 16-inch MacBook Pro starts at $2,499. Both laptops are configurable with different chips, memory and SSDs.

While these new laptops are the best option for those looking for the most powerful music production notebooks, the older and less expensive M1 Mac mini, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac are still great computers for lighter workloads on a tighter budget. Beware of potential updates coming to MacBook Air in the next few months. We are also expecting to see M1 Pro/M1 Max chips to hit products such as the higher-end Mac mini, larger iMac and a Mac Pro next year.