I wanted to take a few minutes to show you how to sync Beatport Pro with Traktor so that you guys can get up and running with this latest music organisation tool.
Seamless Meta Data Sync
I was pleasantly surprised at how simple it was to tag tracks and export the Beatport Pro collection to integrate with Traktor. I was not expecting the syncing to be live and seamless, however once you have exported your collection once from Beatport Pro, you don’t have to do it again. This was my key concern when I heard about the announcement from Beatport.
Syncing Made Easy
Upon install Beatport Pro gives you the option of importing your tracks from iTunes or from another location on your hard drive.
Once you have imported your collection it asks you if you would like to import any meta tags that you have already created inside your existing collection. For instance, if you have already spent painstaking hours updating your comment fields with your own information, you can import this to the Beatport collection too.
You can decide what items you would like to import based on familiar style requests as seen in iTunes smart playlists.
In the Beatport preferences you can head to the ‘Export’ window where you only have to name and export your library once, causing it to automatically update this file each time you adjust anything in Beatport Pro.
Setting up Traktor to import the Beatport Library
Once you have exported the Beatport Pro Library, open up Traktor and head to the preferences > File Management. Once there select the iTunes option and navigate to the Beatport xml file that you just saved.
Then simply right click the ‘iTunes’ library icon in Traktor, followed by ‘Refresh’. This will refresh the library and you will be able to see all the new tags and any playlists that you have set up in Beatport Pro.
Will Beatport take over from iTunes?
It seems that this new offering from Beatport is a very slick way to organize your tracks. Whilst it is still a 3rd party software, which could potentially lead to software compatibility issues, it might be a better alternative to iTunes. As this is still very new it remains to be seen how Beatport Pro will be adopted. Let me know if you have tested it out and what your thoughts are, I plan to use it more over the coming weeks as I am very interested in the tagging aspect. I do however wish there was a better way to search for tags only in Traktor.
It will be interesting to see what Traktor’s response is to this amazing new offering from Beatport.