Veteran techno DJ and producer Ritchie Hawtin has just released a free OS X application that makes it possible for DJs to automatically post the exact names of all tracks played to their Twitter stream.

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Twitter DJ works as a extension of Traktor, a popular DJ software solution that can be used to mix MP3 files with the help of traditional turn tables or other external devices. Hawtin has been an early champion of Traktor, and his Twitter DJ press release is full of praise about the application:

"Having already revolutionised the art of mixing, it could now be about to have a profound effect on the relationship between a DJ and their audience."

Twitter DJ checks every five seconds which tracks Traktor is currently playing. The app then takes the track names and posts them to Twitter, where users can receive them practically in real time (check out Hawtin's own Twitter stream to see how this might look like).

Imagine you're going to a club, the DJ plays a great track and your mobile phone receives the name of the track through a mobile Twitter application while it's still playing. You mark the tracks you like the best as favored tweets, and you can start researching the artists and downloading their music as soon as you're back home.

But wait, that's not all: Hawtin also wants to use the application to help small producers and indie artists get their fair share from performing rights organizations. Clubs have to pay organizations like ASCAP and BMI licensing fees for the public performance of their artists music.

The theory is that bands and DJs would fill out forms listing all the songs they played, but more often than not, this doesn't happen and ASCAP just receives the money without any further information. That money gets then divided up on the basis of existing data about public performances, much of which comes from Top 40 radio stations. Said Hawtin:

"By providing the necessary information to track what is really being played in clubs, the Twitter DJ application would not only drag the likes of GEMA, PRS and SOCAN kicking and screaming into the 21st century, but make sure the real artists get paid instead of performance payments simply being carved up between the Madonnas and U2s of the world. If record sales are slowing down and performance is now the key area where artists can achieve financial stability, better solutions need to be found and a workable structure put in place as soon as possible."

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