I am quite disappointed…
I have a war against Apple, a personal one: me against them.
Yesterday I realized I lost that war (obviously).
It all started when someone gave to me as a gift a nice iPod, 18 years ago.
It was a really expensive device then, with 30 gigabytes space.
I fought against that bloody thing one night, the real enemy was Apple iTunes.
I already had at that age part of my CD collection saved on a NAS in FLAC format.
There was no way to copy something on iPod, because Apple Tunes didn’t use FLAC as acceptable file format.
I put that fucking device on my desk, after some months I found a hacked firmware that allowed full transparency (FLAC files visible from an USB connection on my AlfaRomeo car).
After some bad experiences of the same type (some MP3 or FLAC files saved on my Android phone that were not usable by a Mac in a recording studio) I decided my firm resolution: I will never buy an hardware refusing to use widely used file formats or file systems.
I am the one who pays: my hardware must play what I want. No compromises about that.
So my personal workstation has been always a Windows notebook with Reaper and a vast collection of VSTs.
I started to play live with VSTs many years ago when I bought first Komplete collection (Vintage Organs, best hammond simulation than any other synthesizer, at that age).
So my live gigs are now driven by Cantabile, and I love it.
As a matter of fact, I found Cantabile on internet as a substitute of Mainstage.
Now everything changed: new M1 processor by Apple is making every new hardware by Cupertino company 10 years ahead any Windows machine.
No competition: Intel chips are now useless, expensive, stupid heat creators.
@brad: I think you should work on an ARM version of your Apple porting of Cantabile.
As soon as possible. Every musician will turn to Apple in few months if I see it in the right way.
You cannot imagine how I am sad…