GarageBand for iOS Updated With Audiobus Support and Other Enhancements

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today updated its GarageBand app for iOS to version 1.4, bringing handful of improvements including support for playing and recording audio routed through Audiobus.
    Audiobus support for GarageBand comes just as Audiobus has announced a public SDK to allow developers to incorporate support into their apps. Over 100 apps have already been designed to support Audiobus through the previous closed beta.

    GarageBand [Direct Link] is a $4.99 download on the App Store, while Audiobus [Direct Link] is priced at $9.99.

    Article Link: GarageBand for iOS Updated With Audiobus Support and Other Enhancements
  2. macrumors 65816


    Jul 12, 2011
    UCD, Ireland
    More features for an old app. Good.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2006
    Apps siloing data has been a criticism of iOS. Hopefully this is a sign of more mechanisms for inter-app communication to come in iOS 7. It's kind of interesting that Apple is making the effort to make their first-party app compatible with a third-party app.
  4. macrumors 65816

    Oct 5, 2011
    San Francisco, California
    Yep, I think Apple making a third party app compatible with their first party app is the biggest thing . I had heard about Audiobus and had seen videos. It intrigued me but I never did grab it.
    This is pretty awesome, since GarageBand is a decent recording app for iOS capable of transferring to GarageBand or Logic on a Mac. I don't know too much about Audiobus yet, but I know I have plenty of third party apps that say they're compatible with it. It will be fun to play with this weekend.
  5. macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2009
    Was thinking the same thing, its a good sign i think.
  6. macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    Party time for those guys :)
  7. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Me four. It's neat to see Apple not only recognize the value of this somewhat niche service, but jump on board with an update!

    But siloing data has never been about first- vs. third-party tech, it has always been about security, privacy, and ease of use: sandboxing, and "post-filesystem" interaction where the filesystem is a detail users neither see nor think about. All of which is great, but it needs to evolve and become more powerful: iOS is no good for project-based workflows where assets from many programs are managed together. Now, maybe there's little need for that at present: Macs do that kind of heavy work. But the need is only growing.

    (And thank goodness that's not the new GarageBand icon! It's the Audiobus icon.)
  8. macrumors 65816

    Oct 5, 2011
    San Francisco, California
    For those interested, Audiobus just got knocked down to $4.99 (50% off) due to GarageBand compatibility celebration.
  9. macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2007
    This is extremely surprising. The Apple of old would not be supporting an unofficial hack, cool though it is. I guess it's a sign that they are opening up more in the post-Jobs era.
  10. macrumors 65816


    Aug 13, 2002
    Western Spiral
    It would be nice if they'd remove that stupid song-length limitation. For one think, it would make GarageBand useful for recording podcasts.
  11. macrumors 65816

    Apr 24, 2010
    Audiobus is not an "unofficial hack", though. The developers worked tirelessly with Apple during the development process to make sure it met all requirements and would be fit for approval.

    If anything, Apple supported a so-called "unofficial hack" when they implemented "AudioCopy/Paste" into iOS Garageband but wouldn't you know it, that was implemented when Steve was still alive, so I guess your entire theory is sort of out the window. :)
  12. macrumors 6502


    Oct 26, 2007
    Here, there and everywhere
    I love the idea of this to get Animoog stuff out easily in GB. The alone is worth the bucks/euros for me.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2006
    I guess the open question is whether Apple will be so supportive that they role the technology into the next iOS release and then pull Audiobus for duplicated functionality? :eek:
  14. macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2013
    When are they going to update Garageband for Mac OS with anything meaningful? The iOS version has useful stuff that the real one doesn't have!
  15. macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2007
    It's definitely a hack. There is no official ability in the iOS SDK to send audio from one app to another. Apple hasn't exactly been encouraging of inter-app functionality. Don't get me wrong -- "hack" is not a bad word; what they did is a very clever workaround. But I'd rather see system-level APIs for sharing any kind of data between one app and another. I think GarageBand's support of Audiobus and copy/pasta (10 internet points for you on that) just highlights a lack of big innovations within iOS itself. Hopefully iOS 7 will push us far forward, instead of just following what 3rd-party developers are doing.
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 16, 2010
    I'm surprised Apple didn't acquire Audiobus or build their own standard. Seems odd to adopt a third party standard (while good, Apple has no control over the direction of the API).

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