iTunes vs Music

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Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:22 am
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iTunes vs Music

So just curious... from what I can tell, there is no way to use the old iOS iTunes Remote with the new Apple Desktop Music app. I'm guessing the Indigo iTunes plugin uses the same mechanism to control iTunes, which is now missing from Music... So, for the moment, no Indigo control of the new Music app, yes ?

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Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:39 pm
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Re: iTunes vs Music

Hello
I installed Catalina in one of my mac. After setting the sharing for multimedia, the remote apps works again with Music but my Indigo Plugin doesn't. I will continue to try but I suspect there something different that don't work with the plugin.
Some other informations ?
Thanks
Patrice

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Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:21 pm
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Re: iTunes vs Music

Well, I'll be! Glad you were able to get this part to work. I was positive Apple was just not going to implement this in the new Music.

I know getting Indigo to work with it is going to take more work... but at least this part works.

Thanks for the tip and heads up!

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Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:32 pm
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Re: iTunes vs Music

Oooops.

May have spoken too soon. While I can see the library in the iOS Remote app, and can see the songs and playlist.... I can't start, stop, pause, or select which songs to play. When I click on the Now Playing pane, it says. "Not Playing" even tho its really playing..

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Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:37 pm
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Re: iTunes vs Music

Are there any plans to update the iTunes plugin for Catalina/Music support? I must say this caught me off guard when updating and I'm left with a load of action groups and triggers that are no longer functional!

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Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:09 pm
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Re: iTunes vs Music

The iTunes plugin used a reverse-engineered library for communicating with iTunes. Since iTunes no longer exists (it was replaced by the Music app which Apple ported from iOS), this plugin can't work because there is no iTunes running on Catalina. Note that the plugin will continue to work talking to iTunes on other Macs running Mojave or earlier - but since iTunes doesn't exist on Catalina...

Apple has never officially published an API for controlling iTunes from other apps or devices, and it has not yet supplied an API for controlling the new Music app (and honestly we don't think they ever will). So, bottom line is that this plugin will likely never work again since iTunes is no more.

It's possible that the 3rd party iTunes Local Control plugin could be updated to work (since I believe it used AppleScript) but it would be up to that developer to implement that support.

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Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:15 pm
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Re: iTunes vs Music

Just an FYI, it's not just this plugin: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/250716452

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Wed Dec 11, 2019 10:47 am
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Re: iTunes vs Music

Just a note that Apple has restored the ability of the iOS Remote App to control the new Music app in Catalina. Not sure if this has any impact on Indigo doing the same, but it seems a small step in the right direction. Its possible that the exiting iTunes plugin may work with this newest version of Catalina/Music since the pairing process seems the same, but I'm out of town and not in a position to actually check this function. Fingers Crossed it'll just work. lol

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Sun Dec 29, 2019 6:01 pm
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Re: iTunes vs Music

Just tested today with Music, the plugin is working well again.
We only need to repeat the process of declaring a new remote device in Music
Thanks
Patrice

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