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Briefly: GarageBand for iOS 2.02, new iOS 8 keyboard apps

09/18, 12:47pm

GarageBand for iOS updated, adds iOS 8 support

Music production app GarageBand has received an update for iOS, including support for iOS 8. Users can use their iOS device to "play" a collection of instruments and record musical pieces.

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New iPhone 6 includes free iLife, iWork apps on 64GB, 128GB models

09/15, 12:25pm

Downloads still optional for 16GB models

People picking up a 64 or 128GB iPhone 6/6 Plus later this week will find several of Apple's iLife and iWork apps pre-installed, a leaked internal Apple training document reveals. The company specifically lists iMovie, GarageBand, Keynote, Pages, Numbers, and iTunes U. "These apps are also available as a free download from the App Store for the 16GB models," Apple writes.

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GarageBand for Mac gets MP3 exports, new Drummer add-ons

03/20, 2:37pm

Drum expansion requires in-app purchase

Apple has released a minor update for the Mac edition of GarageBand, v10.0.2. The main addition is the ability to export songs directly to MP3, saving time and effort in conversion. Apple has also added three new Drummers and drumkits for the rock, R&B, and singer/songwriter genres, but only for people who've purchased the app's complete sound library.

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Apple updates Remote, Xcode, Podcasts, iAd Producer, GarageBand [u]

03/10, 3:48pm

Remote gains Apple TV upgrades

(Updated with Logic Remote news) In the wake of iOS 7.1 and Apple TV 6.1, Apple has released updates to Remote, Podcasts, and GarageBand for iOS, as well as Xcode and iAd Producer for desktops. While the Podcasts and GarageBand updates merely include bugfixes, Remote can now control iTunes Radio on an Apple TV. Apple TV owners have also gained the ability to browse purchased video through the app.

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Apple updates GarageBand again, offering 'performance enhancements'

11/06, 8:59pm

Fixes minor bugs and addresses user issues

On Wednesday, Apple offered a minor tweaking of its recently-revamped GarageBand, bringing the new version up to 10.0.1. The update is said to address "a number of minor issues" along with minor tweaks and performance enhancements. GarageBand v10.0 was released alongside OS X Mavericks and other reworked iLife and iWork apps, and included an all-new sound and sample library and the addition of a "virtual session drummer" tool.

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A closer look: GarageBand for iOS and Mac OS X

10/28, 7:57am

Apple extends your creative potential with GarageBand for iOS, Mac

GarageBand for iOS and Mac OS X both received comprehensive updates at Apple’s “A lot to cover” event last week. GarageBand for iOS used to cost a few dollars, but like all of Apple’s third party apps for both iOS and Mac, it is now free. GarageBand for iOS looks quite similar to GarageBand on the Mac, but the iOS version has of course been optimized for multi-touch UI. As far as music creation goes on mobile devices or on desktops, none are simpler to use. Yet at the same time, you can create highly polished pieces of music on either device with the iPhone 5s highlighting the processing processing power of Apple's 64-bit A7 chip, being able to handle up to 32 simultaneous tracks. It’s hard to believe, but every iPhone 5s owner has more recording power in their pocket than The Beatles ever had access to.

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Apple could make GarageBand iOS free, charge for instruments

10/21, 5:56am

Music creation software listed under built-in iOS 7 apps page for short time

Apple could be preparing to release an updated version of GarageBand as a free iOS app, according to a rumor. The music creation software may end up following the same path as iWork, iPhoto, and iMovie in being free for iOS 7 devices, though there is suggestion that not everything in the app will be free to use.

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Updated iCloud icons hint at new versions of iPhoto, GarageBand

10/17, 9:48am

Apps have yet to get iOS makeover

Updated icons for iPhoto and GarageBand within iOS' iCloud Storage Management settings hint that Apple is on the verge of updating the apps, notes AppleInsider. The icons have to be downloaded from Apple servers whenever someone enters the Storage Management panel, suggesting that Apple is laying the groundwork for the updated software. Visually the icons have been changed to adopt the flat, colorful design of iOS 7.

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iOS 7 beta hints at iWork suite going free in near future

07/09, 11:35am

Several paid Apple apps included in first-time recommendations

An oddity in the latest iOS 7 beta suggests that Apple could make the iOS edition of iWork and/or several other of its apps free. The App Store's first-time recommendation window, which suggests Apple apps to download, is currently including the iWork apps -- Pages, Keynote, Numbers -- as well as several other paid titles, like iMovie, iPhoto, and GarageBand. The window normally only mentions free apps, such as iBooks and Find My iPhone.

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Apple updates iOS GarageBand to 1.4, adds Audiobus support

03/20, 5:56pm

Bug fixes, audio import feature key features of update

Earlier today, Apple released an update for the iOS version of GarageBand, incrementing the app to version 1.4. The new update contains bug fixes and support for Audiobus, a third-party app that can record audio from other apps that support the application as well.

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Feature: Writing a song, publishing it on iTunes

09/20, 6:15am

You're a budding muso, how do you get heard?

Up until about two weeks ago, I had no idea about how to get a song up on iTunes. As of today, my song “The Fallout” has gone live on iTunes under the band name Neodymium Project. It all began on my iMac using Apple’s brilliant Garageband with my iPad, Tunecore, Pro Tools, iWeb, Dropbox, Paypal, Bigcartel, Snapseed, Pixelmator, Yousendit, Jango, MySpace and Facebook all playing a part in making it happen. But it was through social media, that I was able to have my guitar hero Steve Stevens (Billy Idol) play the lead solo on the track. The one common thread – technology.

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Apple announces 2012 filmmaking camps for kids

06/20, 1:33pm

Introduces kids to iMovie, GarageBand

Apple has started announcing the 2012 slate of its annual summer camps for kids. The events in fact take place at Apple Stores, and include two 90-minute workshops in which children aged 8 to 12 learn how to make movies using iMovie on a Mac, paired with a song produced on GarageBand for the iPad. An optional Saturday morning event lets friends and family see the finished videos.

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iPhoto arrives for iPad; iMovie, iWork, GarageBand updated

03/07, 2:40pm

Updates introduced alongside new iPad

Apple has finally brought iPhoto to the iPad, while introducing updates to the existing iMovie, iWork and GarageBand apps. The apps, introduced alongside the new iPad, have been reworked to take advantage of the third-generation tablet's 2048x1536 'Retina Display', which quadruples the pixel density from the 1024x768 display of the original iPad and iPad 2.

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Apple education event 'being blown out of proportion'

01/17, 1:20pm

Original source suggests comments misinterpreted

Apple's upcoming education event is being "over-hyped," a new Forbes report suggests. The business publication cites for instance an anonymous former Apple executive, who claims that the event "is being blown out of proportion." More critically Forbes says it has interviewed Matt MacInnis, the Inkling CEO used as a source for an Ars Technica piece suggesting Apple is working on a "GarageBand for e-books."

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Apple plans a 'GarageBand for e-books' with McGraw-Hill

01/16, 10:35pm

Scoops outline Apple textbook event

Apple's New York City education event is nothing less than a rethinking of how publishers create e-books as a whole, leaks divulged Monday. One scoop characterized the process to Ars Technica as a "GarageBand for e-books" that would let authors and publishers easily build e-books for iPads and iPhones, including interactive books. iBooks would also start supporting ePub 3, which supports audio and video natively and would make the store much more standards-compatible than Apple's custom take on ePub 2.

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GarageBand spreads to iPhone, iPod touch

11/01, 12:40pm

GarageBand iOS app goes universal with new extras

Apple gave iPhone and iPod touch owners parity in its creative apps once more on Tuesday by launching a universal version of GarageBand ($5, App Store). The new 1.1 update makes use of more contextual menus and panning to accommodate the smaller screens. The change curbs musicians to seeing four tracks at a time and less of a given instrument, although a whole drum set stays visible.

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Apple discontinues boxed copies of numerous apps

07/20, 4:35pm

Directs traffic to Mac App Store

Apple has discontinued boxed copies of several Mac software titles, a note to resellers reveals. Major titles that are now online-only include Aperture 3, Xsan 2, iWork '09 and the iLife '11 suite. Remote Desktop is also being kept off shelves, along with an assortment of Jam Pack add-ons for GarageBand.

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GarageBand, iMovie, iPhoto get minor updates

07/11, 12:45pm

Solves myriad glitches

Using the Mac App Store, Apple has released updates to the three apps in iLife '11: GarageBand, iMovie and iPhoto. In each circumstance the updates address underlying bugs instead of adding new features. GarageBand 6.0.4 for instance fixes problems with the Lesson Store not finishing downloads, and tempo-based effects slipping out of sync with the main tempo. Magic GarageBand project files should open properly in the tracks view.

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Indie band kicks out whole album made on GarageBand for iPad

04/04, 6:30pm

Ultramods make album solely on GarageBand for iPad

Relative newcomer indie band The Ultramods reached an inevitable milestone on Monday by becoming the first known band to record entirely using GarageBand for iPad. Their new release Underwear Party ($10, iTunes) was composed and recorded entirely on the Apple tablet by the duo, Max Sparber and Coco Mault, over the course of two weeks. To fill in instruments they didn't have, they used both a Smart Drum for beats and a directly composed but virtual lead guitar.

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Apple patent hints iWeb may come to iPad

04/03, 4:10am

iWeb set to join GarageBand and iMovie for iPad?

It may have been some time since iWeb, Apple’s simple WYSIWYG web page design tool, has received new features. However, it appears that Apple has at the very least considered bringing it across to the iPad. A new patent application has emerged that shows a version of iWeb for the iPad. It would join GarageBand, Keynote, Numbers, Pages and iMovie as productivity and creativity apps ported from its Mac OS X platform over to its burgeoning iOS platform.

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Apple releases iMovie, GarageBand for iPad

03/10, 2:45pm

Apps arrive just before iPad 2

Apple has released iPad versions of its iMovie and GarageBand applications, which were initially previewed alongside the iPad 2. Both titles replicate many of the basic functions that are available in their Mac OS X counterparts, enabling users to create music with a variety of instruments or edit videos with transitions and other elements.

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Apple to start taking online iPad 2 orders at 1AM Pacific

03/10, 9:50am

GarageBand and iMovie out today

Online orders of the iPad 2 will open at Apple around 1AM Pacific time on Friday, or about 4AM Eastern, according to the company. The timing mirrors that announced by AT&T, one of Apple's two US carrier partners. Buyers will otherwise have to line up for 5PM (local time) launches at retail chains, including not just Apple and AT&T but Best Buy, Target, Verizon, Walmart and some smaller resellers.

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Apple previews updates to iMovie, GarageBand apps for iPad

03/02, 3:10pm

Company also brings Photo Booth and FaceTime

Apple has previewed new iPad versions of several iOS apps, including iLife titles iMovie and GarageBand, along with several apps that take advantage of the dual-camera configuration of the iPad 2. FaceTime for iPad will provide the same basic functionality as the iPhone edition, enabling video calls with easy switching between the primary and front-facing camera sensors. Photo Booth is geared for self portraits and snapshots, which can be tweaked with a variety of unique effects.

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iLife '11 emphasizes iPad-like interface

10/20, 2:45pm

iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand see upgrades

Apple today revealed iLife '11, a new version of the software suite pre-installed on every Mac. Three core apps have been updated, beginning with iPhoto '11, which has gained new fullscreen views for Faces, Places, Albums and photobooks, in areas using iPad-style interfaces with iOS-like buttons located along the bottom. Facebook sharing lets people view responses to posted images, and a special e-mail sharing tool lets people auto-arrange photos into an attractive layout. Some other changes include new slideshow templates, and a Project view with a bookshelf similar to iBooks.

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New MacBook Air, iLife '11 spoiled by leaks, Apple itself

10/20, 7:30am

MacBook Air and new iLife given away by

Plans to launch a new MacBook Air and iLife '11 have been virtually confirmed this morning both by unofficial leaks and by Apple itself. The company's discussion forums already have placeholder categories for the "MBA" notebook as well as iMovie '11, GarageBand '11 and iPhoto '11. Polish site Spidersweb, who first found the leaks, also discovered a mystery "Reserved 10 20" category that could represent a new app or piece of hardware.

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Garage Band brings new lessons from John Legend, Rush

09/22, 7:55pm

Users can learn "Tom Sawyer," "Ordinary People"

Apple has added several new instructional lessons to its Garage Band software for musicians. Users now have access to several titles from the Canadian rock band Rush, including the 1981 hits "Tom Sawyer" and "Limelight" from the group's Moving Pictures album. Both artist lessons are provided by guitarist Alex Lifeson.

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Apple posts GarageBand 5.1 update

08/03, 8:45pm

GarageBand 5.1 update

Apple today released the GarageBand 5.1 update, which it says addresses general compatibility issues, improves overall stability, and fixes a number of other minor issues along with an addressing an important security issue that allowed third-party to track usage of the app. According to the documentation, the specific issues addressed include the ability to add GarageBand track effects and Audio Units to a guitar track, improved support for Apogee audio interfaces, faster switching to full screen in Magic GarageBand, and improved access to audio monitoring settings. Apple says the update is recommended for all users of GarageBand ’09.

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iTunes 8.2, QuickTime 7.6.2 updates go live

06/01, 4:50pm

iTunes, QuickTime updates

Apple has published updates for two of its main media playback utilities, iTunes and QuickTime. The most crucial is iTunes 8.2, which introduces support for the yet-to-be-released iPhone 3.0 firmware; the upgrade may signify an iPhone 3.0 debut on or around Apple's imminent WWDC event, scheduled to begin June 8th. Also addressed in the download are unspecified bugfixes and accessibility improvements.

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Briefly: TRAKART visualizer, Apple software guides

05/21, 8:55pm

Friar Pro Font

In brief: A new iTunes visualizer, TRAKART has been released as a public alpha. The visualizer builds slideshows based on a song's lyrics, analyzing each track to extract keywords which it then uses to search Flickr. Images are then arranged into a slideshow which plays along with the song. Three guides have been released by Peachpit which teach users how to make better use of iLife '09, iWork '09 and GarageBand '09. The guides cover the basics of using each application, along with tips to create more professional products. Meanwhile, Ascender has released a new font style that is based on one of Goudy's original typefaces. The Friar Pro font is based on the original Friar typeface that was lost in a fire at Goudy's studio in 1939.

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Apple intros new celebrity GarageBand lessons

04/29, 10:05am

New GarageBand lessons

Apple has expanded the number of song lessons available at the GarageBand Lesson Store. Now available are videos for three more songs, including "Angel" by Sarah McLachlan, and Sting versions of "Fragile" and "Message in a Bottle." As with a number of other lessons sold through GarageBand, the original artists help to present the material.

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Briefly: Steinberg Sequel review

07/01, 6:05pm

Vue 3D contest

In brief: We have posted the second part of our review of Steinberg Sequel, the Vue 3D Environment Competition 2008 has been announced, fmDataGuard has announced its "First Anniverary Sale," and there is a newly announced DEVONthink 2.0 upgrade grace period ... We have posted the second part of our review of Steinberg Sequel. The tool allows you to record using a MIDI controller or through an external microphone, which is very similar to GarageBand. We recorded live audio from a microphone and it worked well. The intuitive design worked as we thought it would. Cutting and arranging segments of recorded material is also similar to GarageBand. You can move segments freely or snap them to a metronomic grid.

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Briefly: Review, Sonnet price drop, GarageBand eBooks

05/26, 7:45pm

Review, Sonnet, eBooks

MacNN has reviewed the Treadz for the 3G iPod nano, Sonnet repositioned the Fusion F2 with a new price, and two new eBooks to train users on Garageband. This extra-thick polished silicone case offers good corner protection and covers the basic nano form. Don't let the extra-thick marketing fool you though, it is only 1mm thicker than other cases I tested, which means it's 2mm thick instead of one. iFrogz is currently offering 40-percent off all products for its Memorial Day Sale.

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Radiohead sells 'Nude' deconstruction on iTunes

04/01, 10:15am

Radiohead 'Nude' remixes

British rock act Radiohead has taken a different approach with its latest single, the band has announced. Rather than commission a series of professional remixes for "Nude," any musician can now buy the song's underlying elements on iTunes (link), and remix them into a new track. Available "stems" include the voice, bass, guitar, drum, and string/FX layers; while shoppers have to buy before April 8th to get free GarageBand project files, the layers can be edited using many other programs, such as Logic.

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Apple updates GarageBand, ramps stability

03/03, 5:30pm

Apple updates GarageBand

Apple today issued an update to GarageBand, its personal music creation software for Mac users. The latest release improves overall stability, according to the company. The update also addresses issues with the automation of software instrument parameters, FireWire as well as USB based audio devices, and Magic GarageBand. Users can update to GarageBand 4.1.2 by choosing the Software Update feature under the Apple Menu in Mac OS X, or can manually download the latest release from Apple's updates page (19.1MB)

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Creating custom ringtones in GarageBand

12/14, 10:35am

Creating custom ringtones

Apple today released an informational note about creating custom ringtones in GarageBand 4.1.1. "With GarageBand 4.1.1 you can export your original song, your original audio recordings, or use Apple Loops and iLife jingles to create a custom ringtone for your iPhone," the company says. Users need GarageBand 4.1.1, iTunes 7.5 or later, and an iPhone with firmware version 1.1.2 or later. The process involves setting up a cycle region that covers the desired area of a song to use in a GarageBand song, which must be 40 seconds or less in length.

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QuickTime 7.3.1, GarageBand 4.1.1 released

12/13, 6:40pm

QT, GarageBand updated

Apple today issued security updates to its QuickTime 7.3.1 software (Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Windows) for Mac OS X 10.3.9 Panther, 10.4.9 Tiger, 10.5 Leopard, and Windows Vista/XP SP2 that bolsters security. The Cupertino-based company also enhanced its GarageBand audio software. GarageBand 4.1.1 features better overall stability and fixes to issues with file export to iPhone. [updated]

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