Playing music is a simple and effective way to enhance the quality of your events. Whether it’s a wedding reception, holiday party, corporate event or just a social get-together, the right music will set the tone for a fun, stress-free atmosphere that guests are sure to appreciate. One of the decisions you’ll have to make, however, is whether to hire a professional DJ or use a portable MP3 player.


By hiring a DJ, you can rest assured knowing that your event will be equipped with professional-grade sound equipment. And when the right equipment is being used, it translates into a higher quality sound. Using an MP3 player to play music, on the other hand, will require you to bring and set up your own sound equipment. Unless you have access to professional-grade speakers, an amplifier, microphone, etc., you won’t be able to create the same crisp and clear high-quality sound that’s produced by a DJ.

Song Selection

Another benefit of hiring a DJ for your event is the massive selection of songs from which to choose. Sure, you can download hundreds of songs to an iPod or similar MP3 player, but this pales in comparison to the song selection offered by a DJ. Professional DJs often have devices on which thousands of songs from all genres of music are stored. Guests can even make song requests to the DJ, allowing for a higher level of engagement.


Think it’s cheaper to use a portable Mp3 player at your event? Think again. Assuming you rent all of the necessary sound equipment, you can easily spend well more than the cost of hiring a professional DJ. Furthermore, you may be liable for any lost, stolen or damaged sound equipment that you rent. Unless you are willing to take on this liability (and you shouldn’t), hiring a DJ is the better choice.


Unlike iPods and other portable MP3 players, DJs can make announcements to the audience. They can announce upcoming songs, dances, information about the event, and more.

Music Flow

There’s also the issue of music flow when discussing the nuances between hiring a DJ and using a portable MP3 player. Most MP3 players have a 2-4 second delay between songs, which can disrupt the dance floor by leaving an awkward silence. But a DJ can keep the music flowing by seamlessly transitioning the end of one song into the beginning of another. They know how to keep the music flowing and guests happy — something that’s not available with a portable MP3 player.

The bottom line is that hiring a DJ is always the better choice for events.