iTunes is EOL. What does that mean for BeaTunes?

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30 Jun, 2019 01:57 PM

So with iTunes being replaced, what does that mean for BeaTunes?

Could BeaTunes access the new Music App using the API? Is there any appetite for that?

Or will this spell the end for BeaTunes?

I really hope not.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by hendrik on 30 Jun, 2019 04:03 PM

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    Many of the APIs are actually staying stable, it seems. It's just the the iTunes Library.xml file seems to be gone.

    I'm working on a solution and am fairly confident it won't be a major problem.

  2. 2 Posted by Patch on 30 Jun, 2019 04:45 PM

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    My god that makes me happy!

    Thank you, Hendrik!

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by hendrik on 04 Jul, 2019 03:13 PM

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    Some things may not work as well as before, because currently the ITLibrary framework that needs to be used for this, has not been maintained well by Apple. E.g. they didn't add disliked/loved or work/movement to the API, even though they added the fields in iTunes. I have filed a feedback report with Apple, but in my (limited) experience that does not cause Apple to do anything.

    There are ways around these shortcomings (e.g. AppleScript), but they aren't very fast. We'll see. Perhaps Apple also sees the need for an updated API and surprises us!

  4. 4 Posted by Patch on 04 Jul, 2019 04:15 PM

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    Yeah - I won’t hold my breath on that. :-)

    TBH - between iTunes and the BeaTunes beatlet that you’ve been helping me with, I’m so close to the perfect set-up (for me) that I wouldn’t move away from the current version of iTunes complimented by BeaTunes.

    If I can get the Ticked/Un-ticked and Loved/Disliked/Default info out of iTunes/BeaTunes and INTO the Traktor Collection.xml, I would NEVER move away from iTunes w/BeaTunes...

  5. Support Staff 5 Posted by hendrik on 24 Jul, 2019 01:47 PM

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    Just FYI: There's a first dev version for macOS 10.15...

    See here.

  6. 6 Posted by Pat Boon on 24 Jul, 2019 04:13 PM

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    I’m on PC - but it’s super reassuring to know that you’re already on this, Hendrik!!!

    Sent from my iPhone

  7. Support Staff 7 Posted by hendrik on 25 Jul, 2019 06:37 AM

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    Ah yes. Just wanted to make sure it's known. :-)

  8. hendrik closed this discussion on 25 Jul, 2019 06:37 AM.

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