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Say hello to the new standard
for audio file formats

Forget about what we've been telling you about M4A files and the future of digital storage (and we've had plenty to say about it). You know it's a game-changer when no less than Rolling Stone magazine has this to say in their most recent Special Report...

With a terabyte of storage available for under $75, there's no reason to compress files to low-quality MP3s anymore. Even future generation iPods will have plenty of room for audiophile-quality files, such as Apple Lossless [M4A].

If you're like a lot of people, you've got a lot of questions about M4A, since it is relatively new file format. Here's all you need to know: M4A stands for MPEG 4 Audio, an increasingly popular file extension used to represent lossless audio files. You're no doubt familiar with MP3 and how it shrinks down the file size of songs. M4A does the same thing, only better.

Unlike a typical MP3, which has fixed bitrates that directly affect audio quality, M4A uses variable bitrate encoding, allocating space as needed to deliver high-quality audio identical to the uncompressed WAV files found on CD.

M4A also offers the following benefits...

  • An average of 40% smaller file size than WAV (for example, a 40MB WAV file can be reduced to a 25MB M4A file – with no loss of quality)
  • Track info that includes artist, title, BPM and more (unlike WAV files)
  • Mac and PC compatible
  • Supported by Serato, Virtual DJ, PCDJ, MixMeister Fusion, MixVibes and more
  • The ability to transfer from M4A to any other audio format without generation loss

Best of all, M4A gives you what every serious pro needs: The ability to deliver CD-quality audio directly from your laptop without a hard drive the size of a Prius.

Where can you find M4A? Right here...

Express Audio delivers the newest pop, rhythmic top 40, hip-hop, rock, country and dance releases to you via M4A files, weekly, served up on one convenient data disc. Express Audio subscribers also receive our exclusive new Intro Edits, featuring extended intros and outros attached to the hottest new releases, and the convenience of monthly billing.

Interested in digital delivery? Call us today at 407-331-3600 and see if you meet the special requirements necessary to receive direct digital downloads of Express Audio. 

Weekly delivery. Lossless audio. Drag-and-drop convenience. M4A and Promo Only make it happen.

For more info on Express Audio, click here.

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Promo Only 80-83vol5

New On DVD & DFF - 80-83 Volume 5

Good things take time. Great things take longer.
Check out the hits we've assembled for Best of 1980-83 Volume 5.

Tracklistings include: I Love Rock And Roll, Joan Jett And The Blackhawks; De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da, The Police; Young Turks, Rod Stewart; Total Eclipse Of The Heart, Bonnie Tyler; Turn Me Loose, Loverboy; Too Much Time On My Hands, Styx; Under Pressure, Queen and David Bowie; and more; and more!

Best of 1980-83 Volume 5 is available on DVD and DFF (digital file format/MPEG4) data disc.

To order your copy today call 407-331-3600 or click

Got requests? Your feedback on what video content you need for your venue/events is not only appreciated but very important to our programmers. Please email us at to request older material and at for newer releases you feel are relevant.

For more information on our Hot Video Classics and Specialty dvds, call 407-331-3600 or click here to email Customer Service today!

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Lady Antebellum Lady Antebellum...Taking middle of the road to the top of the charts

If there was a more unlikely success story in 2010 than Lady Antebellum's, we sure can't find it.  Springboarding off their 1.6 million selling 2008 debut album, which generated three big country hits, including the No. 1 single I Run To You, co-lead singers Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott put their patented low-key formula  to work again for last year's megahit Need You Now, the title track of their second album. The song first hit radio in August 2009 and hasn't stopped playing since.

Need You Now is a rarity: a country hit that has leapt across genres, borders, oceans, and, nudged along by the pulsing four-four beats of DJ/remixers, penetrated the traditionally country-free sanctum of the nightclub. It spent five weeks at the top of Billboard's country-singles chart and reached No. 2 on the Hot 100, one spot behind Rihanna's Rude Boy. The song topped Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart for 10 weeks and shattered the record for the most weekly plays in the 14-year history of Adult Top 40/Adult Pop Songs countdown. It was a No. 1 hit in Mexico, New Zealand, Switzerland, and Brazil and cracked the Top 5 in more than 20 countries, including France, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Israel.

Not bad for a group that strives to be as anonymous as possible. In fact, it's hard to pin Lady A down at all. They're not quite country, pop, or rock. They're neither soft nor hard. They stride the middle ground like they own it—because they do.

And this is exactly what sets Lady Antebellum apart. As pop music cycles through another periodic phase of excess (two words: Lady GaGa), Lady Antebellum's laid-back attitude has become an asset -- the perfect fit for listeners who want simple, tuneful songs delivered with minimum fuss and no information age hoopla.

Lady A are up for six Grammys next month, and they're by far the oddest of the lot. Consider their competition for best-album: Arcade Fire, Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry; in 2011, Lady Antebellum are the stand-out act: superstars who don't feel the need to come off like superstars.

For a look at some of the Need You Now remixes you need now, click here.

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Denon The Denon DN-MC6000 is no toy story

The DN-MC6000 Mixer and MIDI Controller debuts as a four-channel/eight-source standalone digital DJ mixer with MIDI-mapable interface, internal sound card and Denon's promise that the 6000 is anything but an all-in-one toy. Having taken a look at the 6000's many performance options, slim tabletop design, and state-of-the-art solid steel chassis construction, we'd have to agree.

When paired with your software of choice, or used in conjunction with the Traktor LE software included, the DN-MC6000 is poised to be a substantive turnkey control solution for mobile DJs and club DJs, a formidable MIDI-controller of style and substance.
Key features include rack-mountability (with included 19" rackmount accessory kit), a number of on-board MIDI effect controls, durable construction, intuitive layout, dual jog wheels, pitch fader, channel fader, cross fader and much more. The unit's Pitch/Fader/Volume lock function holds the last known Audio value and position until the NULL point is again reached. It's also easy to see where you're headed with the included File browse navigation keys and illuminated rotary encoder file selector knob. Other standout features include a high-quality, high-output headphone amp, independent 3-band Channel EQ with "Kills" (high-mid-low) and various Utility presets to customize user settings.

Other features include:
- New, 3-way powerful audio/video-assignable cross fader (Audio, Audio/Video, Video)
- Newly designed, high-resolution 105-mm touch-sensitive jog wheel
- Smooth 100-mm long pitch slider with high 14-bit resolution
- Eight (4 + 4) hot cue/sampler buttons with dual bank selector key
- Auto loop button with Beat Jump (loop cut)
- Manual loop In/Out buttons
- Large-size Cue & PLAY buttons
- EFX controls, EFX keys and Parameter knobs
- Multiple GUI controls – Mixer, Video, Scratch, Sampler, REC, etc.
- Powerful Shift key – used for various dual-button operations
- Search keys, to advance around within a file
- Denon's legacy "Pitch Bend" keys
- Vinyl and Pitch Bend Jog modes
- SYNC key for beat matching between decks
- Key Lock on/off button with LED confirmation
- and more...

Priced at or around $799.00. Well worth it? Dude, it's Denon.

For more info visit the Denon website.

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  Planning BigPro Mobile DJs' Stacy Zemon wants you to think BIG.

Success coach Stacy Zemon wants to show you how to harness the power of BIG goals.

"Think of a few business goals that you'd really like to achieve in 2011,"says Zemon, "or a series of manageable, smaller goals that coalesce into something larger. Set priorities, focus on what is really important and keep in mind that commitment and tenacity are key to accomplishing what you've set out to do, and you can win big in 2011!"

CLICK HERE for the full story.

About Pro Mobile DJs: Thousands of mobile entertainers from around the world have come to regard's Portal to the Disc Jockey Business as a must-bookmark blog for bettering their businesses.  The site is chock full of tools and resources from Zemon herself, as well as a team of nationally renowned DJ industry experts. To receive a FREE copy of the Pro Mobile DJs eNewsletter, log on to the, sign up and receive a Wedding Contract template and the chance to win DJ stuff, at no charge!

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  Square APP Get hip to Square...The new app that lets you make more dough on the go.

Jack Dorsey, the guy who famously came up with the idea for Twitter, has had another million-dollar brainstorm. It's called Square and with the backing of PayPal exec Keith Rabois it's about to revolutionize the way a lot of business is done.

Square turns smart phones into credit card machines, and is already processing millions of dollars a week in transactions. As you might imagine, Square is targeting small businesses, many of which don't have the means to process credit cards.
Essentially a small magnetic reader that plugs into the headphone jack of an iPhone, Square reads credit and debit card data and converts it into an audio signal. The microphone picks up the audio, sends it through the processors and then routes it to Square's software application on the iPhone.
From there the encrypted data is transmitted using either Wi-Fi (for iPod Touch) or a 3G Internet connection to a backend severs which in turn communicate with the payment networks to complete the transaction.
And you get paid.

Square is available at no cost, but does charge a modest fee per transaction. For more info visit

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The Hitlist -- Find all the hottest top 40, hip-hop, country, rock, dance and Latin hits -- and where they appear on your Promo Only series --[click here]

**EDITORS NOTE** The current Hitlist may still be in the process of being compiled so please check back if the one shown is not the most current.

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Useless Information! - Fun facts, trivia, or just plain silly stuff!

"Freaky Facts about Frogs!"

Kermit, Jeremiah the Bull Frog, Prince Charming... frogs are clearly special creatures with many talents. They're also sort of gross. Check out these freaky frog facts that are sure to delight and disgust.

  • At about four weeks old, tadpoles get a bunch of very tiny teeth, which help them turn their food into mushy, oxygenated particles.
  • Horned lizards are often called horny toads, though they're not actually amphibians. Horny toads can squirt blood from their eyeballs to attack predators. This only happens in extreme cases, but they can shoot it up to three feet, so watch out!
  • The Goliath frog of West Africa is the largest frog in the world. When fully stretched out, this sucker is often more than 2.5 feet long!
  • When frogs aren't near water, they will often secrete mucus to keep their skin moist.
  • Frogs typically eat their old skin once it's been shed. (yuck!)
  • One European common toad lived to be 40 years old, making it the oldest known toad on record.
  • While swallowing, a frog's eyeballs retreat into its head, applying pressure that helps push food down its throat.
  • A frog's ear is connected to its lungs. When a frog's eardrum vibrates, its lungs do, too. This special pressure system keeps frogs from hurting themselves when they blast their seriously loud mating calls.
  • The earliest known frog fossils were found in Arizona and are thought to be about 190 million years old.

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