-> IMHO! <-
The MPC live works the same way the first one works(1988). It have the same project/sequence/tracks structure and midi capabilities. The difference is that the new ones have big color screen with high resolution, more memory and modern features(real time time stretching and so on). The option to see graphics in high resolution screen does not make it iPad, it makes it more easy to see and navigate faster. If the screen is pixelated it will more cool?
DAW in a box is just a stupid marketing crp from Akai trying to convince users that MPC does it all. Not true.
Now let's see what digitkt offers(both are sequencers with drum sampler in them - actually Live adds instrument sampler but let's forget about that for a minute).
Elektron sequencer with Plocks and condition trigs.
Great looking box.
Sampler part is .... weak! Let's be honest here. It's 8 voice, mono sampler with no time stretching, no sample layering, 64mb ram and 1GB internal storage that is not upgradable! What year is it? The memory is cheap as chips - 1 gig?!
One reverb and one delay effect for all tracks(send fx).
Good news is that there is distortion per track.
No individual outs witch is a problem if you want to process with external gear(you can have them in DAW with Overbridge Premium for 69 more) so you are stuck with internal effects or connect it to daw - not cool.
Lienear sequencer(no polyphony limit)
999 bars per pattern
64 tracks. Every track can be MIDI track for sequencing external gear, Drum sampler track, Instrument sampler track or Audio track.
Option to use pads as step sequencer but no plocks.
Drum sampler can have 128 sample slots per program(track), 4 samples layered for every of that 128 slots, 64 voice stereo samples or 128 mono samples. Can time stretch/pitch shift in real time. RAM is over 1gb.
Internal storage is 16GB, you have option to use USB storage, install SSD drive or use regular SD card to store projects and move around.
It have 6 individual audio outs, 2 stereo 1/4 inputs for sampling and RCA pair for phono/tape input. 2 usb ports to connect usb midi controllers or use external hard drives.
Both boxes have completely different workflow so to me it's just matter of personal preferences. I still don't like the sampler engine in Digitakt but this is "cheap" box from elektron so they must have reason to cripple it like that.
It will be better if digitakt was 8 tracks from Machinedrum. That would have been a killer box. Let's hope they are working on something like that.
This is how things looks from my point of view.