hendrik on 21 Sep, 2019 11:11 AM
Can you tell us anything about the BeaTunes/new Apple Music app relationship?
On macOS, Music.app has more or less the same API as iTunes (typo corrected, was "Windows"), which means that not much changes from beaTunes' point of view. I.e. playlists and tracks can be imported and kept in sync.
I especially DON'T want to have to re-build my smart playlists in the new music app (when we see it for Window machines).
At the moment I am not aware of Apple splitting up iTunes for Windows. Should they do it in the same way they did it for Windows, there is no reason to be concerned. However, as mentioned, I don't think they will build a real music app for Windows. Rather a web app, perhaps bundled in a pseudo native app. But: that's really just a hunch based on the fact that Apple wants to sell Apple Music subscriptions, i.e., a streaming service, and not music files (anymore). By now, Apple is not making any money with providing an app for your music file collection.
Will a new version of BeaTunes include Smart Playlist compatibility/functionality for migrating from a BeaTunes and iTunes set-up, to a BeaTunes and Music App set-up?
iTunes Smart list and their mechanisms live exclusively in iTunes. If a hypothetical Music app for Windows offers an API, I will make an effort to find a way for beaTunes to interact with it.
They're not actually missing from all software (Serato & VDJ both definitely have SmartLists/SmartCrates), but they are DEFINITELY missing from Traktor (which, as you'll know, is the DJ s/w that I use).
Also - nesting of SmartPlaylists in iTunes (condition: Playlist IS) is REALLY useful, and not available in all other DJ s/w.
All DJ software integrates REALLY well with (the current) iTunes - so, if (like me) you've got your SmartLists working perfectly in iTunes, then you can get that exact functionality (ie - Live Updating) in your chosen DJ s/w.