So! You wanna be a DJ? Join the club! There are zillions of ways to get into music curation, and the next step up from creating iTunes playlists is probably to get a copy of Native Instruments’ Traktor DJ app, $4.99 for iPhones and $19.99 for iPads. You’ll be up and running in no time, learning to mix with the music you already have on your device — don’t mess with the 99-cent crowd unless you want to spend a lot of time frowning at your screen.

As you make your way into this weird world one of the things you should know is that DJs get really worked up about what DJing isn’t. People will tell you that DJing on an iPad is for little babies who shop at Urban Outfitters. Get used to the haterade, because it will accompany you all the way to the top. This week Tiësto (the Arnold Schwarzenegger of the DJ universe) promised to destroy Daft Punk because he’s mad that people think their music is cool. He looks and sounds like a desperate mannequin from the Ed Hardy section of Target.

Luckily, not everyone is lusting after Tiësto’s throne. They want to have a good time and maybe rock a party every few weeks or something. And that’s totally okay!

Native Instruments is a lot like the Apple of the digital DJ world. Almost every product they ship is good, and while they’ve spent most of their history making products for professionals, they’re expanding into the thriftier growing audience of more casual users. I have become particularly fond of using Traktor DJ as I go to bed, making massive buildups and breakdowns that no one will ever hear besides my cat. It’s also really easy — and fun — to do simple mixing jobs in Traktor DJ. If you find yourself enjoying the song-selecting lifestyle, gearlust will inevitably blossom in your soul. You might look to Native Instruments’ new Traktor Kontrol Z1, a $200 box custom-tailored for Traktor DJ that will hook directly to your iDevice and give you the power to cue tracks in headphones and adjust sounds using real knobs instead of just the screen. It’s an ideal tool to help you realize that perfectly cued transition you’ve been dreaming about between the “Under the Bridge” and “Kashmir.”