Technology Apple confirms macOS Catalina update is a big problem for DJs who relied on iTunes
Serato's DJ software is ready for macOS Catalina
One downside about using your Mac to DJ is that every system update carries some risk of incompatibility or error, and the recent change to Catalina was more drastic than others. That's because Apple forcibly ejected iTunes in favor of splitting duties between more iOS-like Music, Podcasts and TV apps. While most people could move on with a few adjustments, DJ software that linked to iTunes for indexing and creating playlists of music needed an update to deal with the new system.Now Serato has announced that DJ Pro 2.3 and DJ Lite 1.3 are compatible with macOS Catalina, ready to load their libraries automatically from the new Music app.
Apple’s latest desktop operating system update,, will mark the . But that transition is proving to be complicated for a certain subset of Mac users who’ve relied on the software to help manage their jobs: DJs.
Apple tells The Verge that 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. XML file support is a popular organizational feature for DJs who use it to sort tracks into playlists and utilize the “Share iTunes Library XML with other applications” option to seamlessly transmit data between apps.
Apple’s macOS Catalina update is coming today
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Tons of popular DJ apps, like Serato and Traktor, read XML files, and over the years, iTunes became the de facto way for lots of DJs to sort through their massive file libraries and quickly find tracks while performing.
But Apple’s confirmation means updating to Catalina will replace iTunes with Music, and that, in turn, will break communication between the app and pretty much all existing DJ software. The company says that if a customer is reliant on XML files for DJing, they should avoid updating and continue using their preferred software on macOS Mojave until developers push out fixes.
Apple confirms iOS 13 Reminders will be fixed with macOS Catalina rollout
iOS 13 came out a couple of weeks ago, but one thing you may have noticed is that Reminders no longer sync with Macs. Apple has confirmed that Reminders will not sync until the release of the newest version of macOS. The new version of Reminders for iPhone impressed us with its improvements in iOS 13.1. However, to sync Reminders between an iPhone and a Mac requires macOS 10.15, a.k.a. Catalina, which isn't due to release until the coming weeks. "Upgraded reminders aren't compatible with earlier versions of iOS and macOS," Apple says on its support site.
Additionally, Apple confirmed to The Verge that asaying users can manually export XML files in the Music app is incorrect. Essentially, if you’re a DJ and you have put tons of time into sorting music in your iTunes playlists for whatever software you use, upgrading to Catalina will likely erase all your hard work.
Here is the full statement from Apple:
The Music app on the Mac is brand new with a modern library format. The frameworks for access to the library are still supported for developers to directly access music on your Mac, however, XML file support is no longer available on macOS Catalina. Apple is working closely with app developers to make sure their software is updated and compatible with Catalina. However, customers that are using an app that is not supported should contact the developer directly, or if it’s a mission-critical app in their workflow, we recommend they continue using that app on macOS Mojave until the developer updates. iTunes on Windows has not changed, so apps should function as normal.
Petition against Apple demands planned obsolescence
. This is aimed at Apple and calls for the end of the planned slowdown of old devices. Specifically, it is condemned that Apple slow down its own, older mobile devices by software update, so that customers of the group from Cupertino buy a new model. The allegation of planned obsolescence is not new and is also being raised against other electronics manufacturers such as HTC or Samsung.
Influencing the "aging" of a device is not only annoying for customers and financial burden on users, but also at the expense of the environment. Finally, new raw materials have to be taken from the ground for new equipment, which is usually associated with ecological and social problems and helps to reduce the use of raw materials more quickly - sustainable is different.Also read:
electronics manufacturers threaten a fight for resources
Apple now claims to be serious about sustainability, exposing some parts of its product supply chain to, investing heavily in
renewable energy and banning toxic chemicals from the production chain in response to public pressure. Now, the product life, which is often highlighted positively in Apple devices in comparison to other manufacturers anyway, no longer be drawn by the denounced update policy in the affected.has almost reached the petition The target of 200,000 signatures
. Just a few weeks ago, anothercollected 300,000 signatures against Apple. Thus one would like to defend against the allegedly planned abolishment of the 3.5-mm-Klinkenbuchse with the iPhone 7.
Twitter finally returns to Mac with new app .
Thank Apple's Project Catalyst for the app's return.Twitter discontinued support for its Mac app last year amid poor reactions from users. Twitter's return to Mac was made possible by Project Catalyst, an initiative announced at WWDC in June that makes it possible to install and use iPad apps on the Mac.