In just a matter of weeks, possibly even days, iTunes will be removed from the computers of anyone who updates to the latest Mac OS 'Catalina'.
Catalina, which will be version 10.15 of Mac OS, replaces the iTunes application with a brand new default 'Music' app.
This release is something Apple have been moving towards for some time now considering the clunky, outdated nature of iTunes and how music streaming services have taken over the music industry in recent years. Apple have fallen behind streaming providers when you consider Spotify can boast over 170 million subscribers!
Apple 'Music' is all about streaming, but we're adamant that DJs will never move away from owning their own music considering:
- Songs, albums & artists can be pulled from streaming services at any time
- Ownership. Playlists & songs are the DJs, not to be shared on a streaming platform
- Beat grids, cue points and general edits (a DJs hard work!) cannot be risked
- Internet speeds can be unreliable or completely unavailable when at venues
What does this mean for DJs? iTunes has been used for years by DJs as the default music library for all of their music & individual playlists.
This is because iTunes has, or should we now say 'had', a fantastic feature which allows the music stored in iTunes to sync with all the major DJ software services.
'XML Export' is a setting DJs using iTunes will have ticked as it allows the seamless sync from the iTunes Library to the DJ Software.
But this setting is no more in Catalina and the new 'Music' application!
Check out this setting by navigating, in OS 10.14 or earlier to Preferences > Advanced > Share iTunes Library XML with other applications.
This setting creates an XML file in the users iTunes music folder, which is auto updated when iTunes library/playlist changes are made. This is the file that DJ Softwares like Serato, Traktor, Rekordbox, Virtual DJ reference and use to sync.
This setting WILL NOT EXIST in 'Music' so DJs will need to find a new library software to manage their music in. DJ Mag wrote an article recently to discuss this problem. Read it here.
Our Advice - Migrate First!
It's critical DJs are certain their music in Serato, Rekordbox, Traktor etc. won't be affected by losing the iTunes XML link before upgrading their OS.
To do this we recommend DJs download our brand new music sync and library application, Choones!
Doing this removes the reliance on iTunes and allows DJs to keep their OS up to date.
Choones has been designed and built with one vision, to create a music sync service for DJs that works across all devices, softwares and platforms effortlessly.
For these reasons (and many more) we're convinced 'Streaming' will never become the the DJ industry standard so we've been hard at work building Choones to remove the reliance on iTunes and auto sync music across all devices and softwares.SIGN UP TO OUR CHOONES BETA SERVICE HERE
It's about time there was an app which worked for everyone, regardless of the software they use, and with iTunes being discontinued there has never been a more critical time for it.
For more information on this, see our iTunes page here