Photo by Clément H
Photo by Clément H

DJs that use Apple computers typically receive a warning from software company’s  such as Serato and Native Instruments  to be cautious about updating to the latest macOs (Mac Operating System). Apple typically would not supply them with beta versions to test long enough before the software launch so each respective company would need time troubleshoot and work out any kinks so the user can continue to have a smooth experience. In the past, Apple’s macOs updates wouldn’t cause much havoc on the DJ community, a glitch here and audio drop out there. This update will bring a new challenge for many.

DJ software apps such as Serato and Virtual DJ allowed access to a users iTunes library via XML. Many DJs use iTunes to create playlists and store their music because it’s easy to integrate into their DJ programs. iTunes is being replaced with a new Music App that no longer supports XML with the macOs Catalina update. This means that your music and playlist won’t be accessible in your DJ applications after the upgrade.

Apple did however release an accompanying SDK (software developer kit) that provided a workaround to accessing music libraries without the use of XML. djay PRO is an app that has already adapted to the new SDK and should be ready to go with the new launch. Native Instruments also has released a public beta version of Traktor to ensure compatibility down the line. In the meantime, we recommend sticking with what is working for you and holding out before making the upgrade to Catalina. You can check out a overview of the new Music App below.