Frequently Asked Questions about Playlists
What information am I sharing with Serato?
Information shared with Serato can be broadly divided into two categories:
- Information specific to Playlists functionality
This includes information about the computer a Playlist was generated on, date/time information and special data required for the purposes of sharing data between Scratch Live and ITCH DJ Software and Serato online profiles.
- Track data
This is information about the tracks played within a Playlist and is collated from ID3 tag meta data (eg. track name, artist name, genre etc)
The information specific to Playlists functionality shared with Serato is:
- Date and time of data submission
- Basic operating system information (type of OS and version)
- Name and version number of Serato DJ software application
- IP address of computer submitting data
- A unique identifier for the History database that stores the Playlist data
- An identifier for each session contained within the Playlist submission
- Start and end time of Playlist sessions and tracks
- The time offset from GMT as specified in the source computer's date/time settings (aka UTC offset)
- Duration a track was played within a Playlist session
- Which deck a track was played on (eg. left, right etc)
Track data shared with Serato is:
- File name (ONLY file name - does not include location of file on hard disk)
- Track name
- Track Artist
- Album Name
- Track duration
- Track file size
- Track bit rate
- Track sample rate
- Track BPM
- Track remixer
- Record label
- Track number
- Whitelabel release and track ID (Whitelabel audio files only)
The following track data is NOT shared with Serato:
- Complete track file location on local hard disk
- 'Comments' ID3 tag
What are Playlists?
Playlists is a system to help DJs share their playlists online. Playlists can be exported from Scratch Live and ITCH DJ software to your online Serato DJ profile, where you can store, edit and promote them.
Playlists are disabled by default. To enable Playlists click the 'Playlists' option in the 'Expansion Packs' tab. There are two ways to share your playlists:
- Live History
Scratch Live and ITCH have a 'Start Live Playlist' button in the History panel. Clicking this button initiates a 'live' Playlist whereby your track listing is sent to Serato websites as you play it. From here, your friends and fans can watch real-time updates of the set you’re playing at the club/on the radio/in your bedroom.
- Export to Serato Profile
An export function has been added to the existing drop down list in the History panel, for those who prefer to upload their playlists after their set. Select the option labeled 'Serato Playlists' then click the 'Export' button.
Who can see my Playlists?
You can choose to have individual Playlists set as private or public.
A private Playlist is visible to only you and Serato staff. Public Playlists are visible to anyone.
I have privacy concerns about Serato Playlists - how does Serato protect my privacy?
Serato takes your privacy very seriously.
If these documents don't satisfy your concerns then we suggest that you don't use Serato Playlists.
What does 'Contribute Plays to the Serato DJ Charts' mean?
The Serato DJ Chart is a music chart compiled by us, using information from DJs. It will be the most accurate representation of what DJs REALLY play around the world and we want you to be part of it.
If you elect to contribute your Playlists to the Serato Charts, your information is submitted anonymously, unless you decide otherwise. This is your choice alone and we will never share your information without your consent.
If this is not something you want to do, choose ‘Don't count my Plays in the Serato DJ Charts’
What does the ‘Let record labels follow my Whitelabel Plays’ option do?
Serato offers a promotional music service called Whitelabel.net to all of our Scratch Live and ITCH DJs. Whitelabel.net offers hundreds of tracks to download, all of which are equipped for instant play in our DJ software.
Selecting the ‘Let record labels follow my Whitelabel Plays’ option allows the record labels using Whitelabel.net to see first hand how popular their tracks are with DJs by reporting your plays of their tracks.
Record labels will be able see Playlist location information if you have entered it, date/time information about when the track was played, and basic information about you including your DJ name and location information (city, state, zip and country) as entered into Serato online profile.
Record labels cannot see your email address, phone number or street address.
Record labels can only see plays of their tracks - they cannot see plays of Whitelabel.net tracks provided by other record labels and they cannot see plays of non-Whitelabel.net tracks.
If this is not something you want to do, choose 'Don't show record labels my Whitelabel Plays'.
If I let Record Labels see my Whitelabel.net plays what’s in it for me?
One of the reasons Serato started Whitelabel.net was to revive the tradition of DJs breaking records. Whitelabel.net serves as a bridge between record labels and DJs and by letting a record label follow your Whitelabel Plays, you are commanding the labels’ attention and building a relationship with them.
For DJs who already have solid links with record labels, this is an easy and accurate way for you to share your play information with them.
For DJs looking to promote themselves as professionals, this is a great way to get your names in front of record labels as a DJ who actively plays their records.
Do I need an internet connection to use Playlists? I thought Serato recommended I disable my wireless connection when DJing?
You only need an active internet connection while DJing if you intend on using the Live Playlist feature. If you wish to export your playlists after your gigs you can disable your network connections during your gigs and reactivate them when you upload your playlist data.
Serato has always recommended that you disable all network connections when using Scratch Live or ITCH, but the Live Playlist feature will only work with an active internet connection. Therefore, we highly recommend you exercise caution any time you have to use the internet whilst operating any audio software. We suggest testing the Live Playlist feature at home in a controlled environment to evaluate your computer's performance before you use it live.
If you encounter unexpected performance of any sort we suggest that you don't use Live Playlists and instead export your playlist data when you're not performing with Scratch Live or ITCH.