Post-iTunes, Here's Why the Apple MacOS Catalina Warning Is Vital For DJs

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The iTunes logo is displayed on the screen of an iPhone on June 3, 2019.

Apple announced the end of iTunes earlier this year; the classic music and video app was to be replaced by Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV, but now that the Catalina operating system has been rolled out with the changes, the company is warning DJs not to adopt.

For the average user, existing iTunes files will be automatically sorted into one of three new apps. The problem for DJs is that Catalina does not save XML data, which is to say, the organizational metadata that allows DJs to place individual songs in specific setlists and genre folders.

Many DJs import these setlists directly into digital DJ software such as Traktor and Rekordbox, so the new update renders hours of sorting work useless, leaving their vast collections of music completely disorganized.

Apple is aware of the problem and currently working on a fix; meanwhile, the company has warned DJs not to update to Catalina until the patch update.

DJs of all leves are affected by the misstep, including A-Trak and Dani Deahl, the latter of whom wrote about the issue for The Verge

See some of the tweets below.