Find out what that means for users who relied heavily on iTunes.
Apple has officially gotten rid of iTunes as a part of its macOS Catalina update. Back in June, the tech company reportedly decided to not move forward with iTunes. According to The Verge, iTunes has been broken up into three apps: Music, Apple TV and Podcasts.
If you’re someone that has a personal music library you’re scared of losing, Catalina’s update will automatically organize downloaded MP3 files from your hard drive. The files will head to your new Music application, as reported by The Fader.
Additionally, in a report The Verge also noted Apple has rescinded a previous announcement that Music wouldn’t still support XML files. Users who rely on this such as DJs have been alerted to not update until the issue is amended or your iTunes catalogue will be deleted completely.
According to Apple, “along with Catalina’s removal of iTunes, users are also losing XML file support as all native music playback on Macs moves over to the official Music app, which has a new library format.” For those unfamiliar XML file support is typically used by DJs to sort songs seamlessly into playlists. With Catalina replacing iTunes with Music, the “communication between the app and many existing DJ softwares” has become broken.
Stay tuned here as more news emerges.
Source: The Verge
For any and all DJs:
DO NOT UPDATE YOUR MAC TO THE NEW CATALINA OS, IT COMPLETELY DELETES YOUR ITUNES AND WILL NOT READ XML FILES FOR YOUR SERATO, TRAKTOR OR REKORDBOX.
Just a warning, here's some more info: https://t.co/HN2nnw5Wi9
— That Ain't The DJ, That's My DJ (@CoryTownes) October 7, 2019
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