Learn: iTunes and Serato DJ

For many DJs, iTunes has been the primary tool for managing a digital music library. There have been a few questions recently around iTunes integration, their latest 12.2 update and the benefits of using Serato DJ as your primary music library tool. Here's a quick overview of iTunes library support in Serato DJ, pros and cons, as well as answers to commonly asked questions.

FAQ

What's up with the 12.2 update? I can see Apps now and my playlists can't collapse?

We have become aware of a few issues inside Serato DJ after updating to the latest iTunes version 12.2. There is a known issue where you are unable to collapse iTunes folders or playlists in the crate. We are working on finding any further issues with the latest version of iTunes and working with Apple to get them resolved as soon as possible.

Read more about this here.

If you have any issues that don't sound like these, please contact Serato Support and we can help you.

I've experienced DRM Protection Issues (files won't play)

Any users who have experienced issues where Apple Music is adding DRM protection to your files should update to iTunes 12.2.1. The 12.2.1 update will stop Apple Music adding DRM protection to your files. 

Can I play my Apple Music files in Serato DJ?

You're not able to play streaming tracks from Apple Music in Serato DJ. 

What's the best way to manage my music?

iTunes can be a nice way to manage a digital music library if you listen to your music over multiple devices and purchase music there. There's a few reasons you might want to manage your DJ music library directly in Serato DJ though:

One of the biggest reasons to manage your DJ library in Serato DJ is for consistency. As we only read the iTunes Music Library.xml file and can't write back to it, if you use iTunes you have to manage all of your tag changes, playlist management etc. inside iTunes.

Relying on a third party application for your music management is also a risk. With everything in Serato DJ, you have less moving parts which will give you peace of mind when there are updates.

Lastly, it's good to manage your music in Serato DJ and use this as your music player because it can help you listen to your music from a DJ perspective. You can add cue points to your tracks, set loops and do a lot of prep work, as well as being able to quickly add tracks to crates as you hear them. You never know when you're going to hear a banger in your library you have forgotten about! 

How do I add my music to Serato DJ directly?

This is really simple :) You can do this two ways.

  1. Use the Files panel. This can be found in Serato DJ next to the Browse, History, & Prepare panel buttons. Use this panel to browse through your hard drive and find your music. Once you find tracks or folders you'd like to add to Serato DJ, just drag these into the main library window. You can also load tracks to the virtual deck from here - once you do this, they will stay in your library.
  2. Drag files from Finder / Windows Explorer into the Serato DJ library. Just minimise Serato DJ and drag tracks from here into the library. It's easy! 

Once you have music in your library you can analyse your files in the Offline Player as well as build Serato Crates and Smart Crates to organise your music.

Learn more about using Smart Crates in Serato DJ here.

Hot Tip!

When you read your library from iTunes and add tracks to a crate in Serato DJ, these will now be in the Serato DJ library. If you stop reading from iTunes, the tracks will remain in your library. This is a great way to import your entire library into Serato DJ if you want to stop using iTunes.

Just make a Crate, select everything in the "all" crate and drag this into a new crate. Once you've done that, disable "read iTunes library" and your music will be in Serato DJ.

If you require help with anything else. Please contact Support and we will help you out :)

Comments (16)

Dj Hoil 12:01 AM - 10 July, 2015
Hola, tengo el siguiente problema, arrastro la carpeta hacia el panel, los analizo. pero al siguiente dia al abrir serato ya no apaece la carpeta, nuevamente
jayneural 3:12 AM - 10 July, 2015
Hi Serato team,

Supposing I switch to Serato for my playlist management, how am I supposed to find those playlists on my iPhone or iPad ?

Having two libraries with playlist to manage is not something anyone has the time to do.

As any other DJing app, has to offer the maximum integration with iTunes, unless you have a killer player that works on any platform and that can share its playlists to other apps.

Also, as you might guess, a Djay may use multiple djing apps, depending on the need and on the platform (think iOS for some cases).

I'm confident though that Serato will fix the current issue quite quickly. What would be really nice though, would be to allow access to Apple Music on Serato, just like what other DJing software makers do with Spotify or Deezer.

Regards.

Jay Neural
maarawoe 6:42 AM - 10 July, 2015
Best time to transform SeratoRemote to add library management and preparation on the go......
Nacho Ruiz 7:39 AM - 10 July, 2015
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Best time to transform SeratoRemote to add library management and preparation on the go......


+1
Baba Raspopov 7:47 AM - 10 July, 2015
Bonjour à tous,
depuis la dernière mise ajours d'I Tunes je ne peux plus ouvrir et fermé les valises d'I Tunes dans Serato, elles restent toujours ouverte ?
DeeJayWoody 3:31 PM - 10 July, 2015
Quote:
Hi Serato team,

Supposing I switch to Serato for my playlist management, how am I supposed to find those playlists on my iPhone or iPad ?

Having two libraries with playlist to manage is not something anyone has the time to do.

As any other DJing app, has to offer the maximum integration with iTunes, unless you have a killer player that works on any platform and that can share its playlists to other apps.

Also, as you might guess, a Djay may use multiple djing apps, depending on the need and on the platform (think iOS for some cases).

I'm confident though that Serato will fix the current issue quite quickly. What would be really nice though, would be to allow access to Apple Music on Serato, just like what other DJing software makers do with Spotify or Deezer.

Regards.

Jay Neural


+1 to what he said. We use several softwares depending on the event and iTunes is the source for all of our content.
Serginho Paschoal 3:44 PM - 11 July, 2015
hey guys other applications to dj are having the same problem ... because serato is the one with better integration , the problems are more visible . let's wait for the team serato with the solution....
DJ TwoCities 8:03 PM - 11 July, 2015
I think if your files are organized properly on your hdd, you can set up your music to be imported to other apps intact with minimum hassle. This means you add tracks to the folder you want them in ie Rock, R&B etc etc. My folders closely follow my crates list by genre and year so there is never any confusion. I'm not a fan of Itunes and serato supports itunes play list but if using itunes to manage your crates then your serato whitelabel files will play at 32kbps low quality and not 320kbps high quality. that's enough to just say no!!! Maybe if Serato Fixed it I would think about using itunes but I'm good not using it.
Le Frique 12:22 PM - 12 July, 2015
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Best time to transform SeratoRemote to add library management and preparation on the go......


+1000
Mister Ries 10:39 AM - 14 July, 2015
A while ago I decided to seperate my iTunes and Serato libraries. Turned out to be a great decision.

My iTunes library now contains "all" my music, available on all my devices and in 'the cloud'. When I want to add this track to my Serato libray, I download it and drop in a dedicated "Serato library" folder. No real need to add structure to this folder, as I just use Serato and ID3 tags to structure my music.

I still have a couple of wished though:
- I want Serato to watch my music folder and each time I start up add new track to my library (i know about that "auto import" folder, but I would like it to use just MY folder)
- More smart crate options, like: no beatgrid set, and added in the last import, or the last 2 weeks
VictorMike 7:32 PM - 15 July, 2015
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Best time to transform SeratoRemote to add library management and preparation on the go......


+1
SelektaSupa 7:33 AM - 24 July, 2015
Wow... I've been using iTunes to "manage" my music library (separate from Serato) since 2007!! But back then... folks was telling me I was crazy and I shouldn't do it. Never had a problem (until this uncollapsable playlist issue)... but it's good to see folks evolving.
john jakiel 2:46 PM - 31 July, 2015
Do you always have to have a song downloaded to your device to access the song? If you have a tune on your iCloud Drive, why can't you just play it from there? I only have a 16g iPad so to try and keep a large amount of songs is impossible. Does Serato allow you play songs over the cloud and not have to download the tunes to the device?
slyxdevil 1:39 AM - 3 August, 2015
Vestax is out of business yet serato dj works for their controllers but my 1299.99 Xone DX doesn't work with serato dj? Are you kidding me?
2:46 PM, 4 Dec 2016
Discuss this blog entry here: serato.com
jayneural 5:02 PM - 2 February, 2017
business is business...