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DJs face crisis with the official end of iTunes

Lack of file support sends DJ app developers scrambling

  • Devyn White
  • 8 October 2019
DJs face crisis with the official end of iTunes

As first reported in June, Apple has decided to end a nearly two decade era with iTunes. This update comes with the new software, MacOS Catalina.

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Instead of the iTunes application, Apple has decided to curate three separate apps - Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV. Users' personal libraries will be automatically sorted into the new applications. This innovation is new and exciting, unless you're a DJ. Apple Music fails to incorporate XML file support, an organizational component, which originally made it simple for DJs to transfer data from iTunes to applications such as Rekordbox and Traktor.

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Without this file support, tracks won't automatically stay organized in set playlists when imported into these applications. Because of this issue, Apple is warning artists to wait to update and to continue to use their preferred software until developers find solutions. Traktor and Serato are already releasing beta versions of their software, while Rekordbox is still holding out.

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Fortunately, Microsoft Windows users with the iTunes application will not be affected by this update.

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