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Catalina is here!

Discussion in 'Apple' started by Ronald Epstein, Oct 7, 2019.

  1. JohnRice

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    Well, my iTunes music catalog is 37,074 tracks, 2,196 albums and 677.21 GB, and I have a lot more to add. I guess I'll wait.
     
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    Yeah, graphical only browsing is an immediate no go for me as well. I miss the version of iTunes from like then years ago where it could be all text. I simply have too much music to want or care to have to look for it by picture.
     
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    You actually can set it up for text only. I still use a small album cover, but that can be eliminated.
     
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    My problem is that everything hit peak Josh like fifteen years ago. I’m old now and everything new is terrible :D
     
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    Cranky old man.
     
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    I’d the loss of column view is a problem, it might be worth looking at Emby, Plex, Kodi, etc as a media server and interface. They give other ways to interact and organize and play your music. They use the existing local file folder system and don’t disrupt iTunes at all — is a no risk trial.

    I’m not saying they’re perfect. But there are options to explore.
     
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    You don't need to buy anything, jeez.
    https://www.loopinsight.com/2019/10/07/macos-catalina-and-64-bit/
     
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    Go64 is recommended by knowledgable podcasters. And trying both it and the standard macOS Systems Information, Go64 is faster and easier to understand for someone in a hurry. :)
     
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    I just discovered that the Logitech Harmony app in Catalina is only for IR remotes. For hub based ones, you have to use the mobile app. :thumbsdown:

    I've found that the mobile app seems to be lacking features. Hopefully they improved it. I don't understand why they would do that.
     
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    It looks like all my software is finally available in 64 bit. At least everything that will be updated, now that Logitech has (kind of) gotten their act together, and Datacolor finally has the Spyder5 software updated.

    With the demise of iTunes, I'm wondering how it will work for me to stream music from my iTunes library to AirPlay devices, and I wonder if anyone knows. Currently I use the Remote app (Apple stupidly has an ATV app that's also called Remote) to control iTunes on my computer, which allows me to select and send music to any AirPlay device. Anyone know how will I do that in Catalina?
     
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    What I want to know is what happened to all the weekly preorder listings for movies that used to be on iTunes? (Oops, look like it showed up again on the TV app.)
     
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    Streaming to airplay devices shouldn’t change.
     
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    For music streaming, you use the Apple Music app. (That's the one that replaced the music part of iTunes.) I don't know details as to what provisions (if any) there might be for using an iOS app to control the Mac.

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202809
     
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    I guess I need to explain more. I'm playing music that I have stored in iTunes (not live streaming) that I have converted to ALAC from CDs. The Remote app lets me remotely control iTunes on an iPad, to choose what I want to play and which AirPlay devices I want to sent it to. Since there's no longer iTunes, I would think the Remote app is no longer used. I have searched (including finding the link posted above) but found nothing that answers my question.

    Which is...

    I have music stored on my Mac. I want to control it using an iPad, like I have for years, using the Remote app to control iTunes. How do, and can, I do that once I update to Catalina, which no longer has iTunes? Maybe the remote app will now control the Music app on my Mac, instead of iTunes. I'd just like to know, before I update to Catalina.
     
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    I'm hoping that the iPad Music App will just allow me to access the music that's on my Mac, at least when I'm home and on the same network. I see info about syncing purchased and Apple Music stuff, but not non-purchased music. No matter how far I look, I simply do not see an answer to this particular question. I can play stuff with an AppleTV, and select any AirPlay devices I want it sent to, but I want to use the iPad, like I always have.
     
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    FYI: Upgrading to Catalina will force a change to the format of your iTunes Library.

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT210230

    So before upgrading to Catalina, you might want to back up your iTunes Library and put the backup in a safe place. Just in case you want to downgrade to the previous OS.
     
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    Apple Community boards have complaints about "the remote app (iPhone and iPad)" not working properly under Catalina. Apparently the app will still show you songs in your library, but will not let you play them.

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/250716494

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/250716452
     

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