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Apple is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its popular music creation app GarageBand on Mac this upcoming Sunday, January 6.

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Apple says GarageBand, introduced at Macworld 2004 by its late co-founder Steve Jobs and musician John Mayer, has grown to be the most widely used music app in the world and is now on over one billion iPhones, iPads, and Macs globally.

Apple provided a timeline of significant GarageBand milestones, including the releases of iPhone and iPad versions in 2011:January 2004: GarageBand debuted at Macworld by Steve Jobs with John Mayer
April 2005: NIN release "The Hand That Feeds" as GarageBand project file that fans can remix
December 2005: T-Pain creates his first album,"Rappa Ternt Sanga" in GarageBand for Mac
March 2007: Rihanna "Umbrella" built with GarageBand bundled drum loop "Vintage Funk Kit 03"
March 2007: Fall Out Boy records "Thnks fr th Mmrs" in GarageBand for Mac
November 2007: Duran Duran releases GarageBand version of "Nite-Runner" that fans can remix
February 2008: Usher "Love in This Club" built with GarageBand bundled synth loop "Euro Hero Synth 02"
February 2008: Ting Tings record "Great DJ" on GarageBand for Mac
April 2008: Radiohead release "Nude" as GarageBand project file that fans can remix
2008: "It Might Get Loud" documentary shows Edge from U2 using GarageBand on his laptop
2009: Learn to Play and Artist Lessons announced on GarageBand for Mac
May 2009: St. Vincent creates "Actor" album in GarageBand
March 2011: GarageBand for iPad announced
November 2011: GarageBand for iPhone announced
October 2013: GarageBand 10 for Mac with new design announced
August 2014: Haim records "My Song 5" in GarageBand
June 2015: Marc Maron interviews President Obama in a podcast recorded in his garage using GarageBand for Mac
January 2016: Live Loops feature added to GarageBand for iOS
May 2016: GarageBand for Greater China announced with traditional Chinese instruments
April 2017: Steve Lacey produces the Kendrick Lamar song "PRIDE" using GarageBand for iOSGarageBand is a free download on the Mac App Store and App Store for iOS devices.

Article Link: Apple Celebrates 15th Anniversary of GarageBand This Sunday
 
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now i see it

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Pretty much every app that Apple makes which is free is on every Mac & iOS device. Might as well celebrate "Notes" app as well.
 
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I used to use it (together with iWeb) to create and distribute podcasts. Since that was removed, I haven’t used it since.
 
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GarageBand is a truly awesome piece of software - there is nothing else like it (except of course, Logic Pro X, but GB is really Logic Pro X Lite these days). If you have aspirations to make music, it justifies the price of entry into the Mac ecosystem IMHO.

On the downside, it makes me worry what I will do when my 2015 MBP gives up the ghost - hopefully by then USB C audio interfaces will be plentiful, the emoji bar will be consigned to the dustbin of “interesting ideas that didn’t pan out”, and the design balance will have tipped back from thinness to power / versatility!
 
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GarageBand is a truly awesome piece of software - there is nothing else like it (except of course, Logic Pro X, but GB is really Logic Pro X Lite these days). If you have aspirations to make music, it justifies the price of entry into the Mac ecosystem IMHO.

On the downside, it makes me worry what I will do when my 2015 MBP gives up the ghost - hopefully by then USB C audio interfaces will be plentiful, the emoji bar will be consigned to the dustbin of “interesting ideas that didn’t pan out”, and the design balance will have tipped back from thinness to power / versatility!

Depends what music I suppose. For loops it’s really good but for audio recording, LPX’s loop record for me is worth £200 alone. After the visual dragging between takes and the auto crossfading, I couldn’t go back to anything else.
 
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Depends what music I suppose. For loops it’s really good but for audio recording, LPX’s loop record for me is worth £200 alone. After the visual dragging between takes and the auto crossfading, I couldn’t go back to anything else.

I wholeheartedly agree. I moved from GB to LPX a couple of years ago and haven’t looked back!!!
 
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I upgraded to Logic a while back and haven't really looked back either, but I love that Garageband exists and hope it sticks around in some form. Aside from being 'Logic lite/free' it's a great introduction to DAWs, the kind of app that made the mac so great in the 2000s, harnessing the creative potential of computing for ordinary people who might just want to try things out.

I still use the iPad version sometimes and then import rough ideas into Logic.
 
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Wonder what Mayer would think of today's Apple..

A good app for quick music composition & ideas (has great amp options for guitar), although Logic is what takes it to the next level.
Many producers I know switched to Ableton long ago though.

GarageBand helps people make money?

Of course, Apple, with dongles..
 
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Pretty much every app that Apple makes which is free is on every Mac & iOS device. Might as well celebrate "Notes" app as well.
Well it looks like quite a few hit songs were recorded by stars even using bundle assets. I’m not sure Notes would be a good comparison. I’m sure the hate comes because there is nothing like this happening on Android.
 
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GarageBand is one of the best apps on iPhone/iPad IMHO. Being able to jack my soundboard into my iPhone to make quick multitrack recordings with my band never ceases to put a smile on my face.
 
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A pity they didn't feel like maintaining Aperture. In a mere two years they could have done the 15th anniversary for it.
GarageBand is was created to tap an entry level music market but provide some of the power of Logic. The is really no equal to this day for the Mac. Aperture was more like Logic than GarageBand in its placement. Adobe answered with Lightroom and demonstrated and committed to Apple that they would push that space forward on the Mac. That made Aperture unnecessary. Remember Apple has been a reluctant software developer. They do so out of necessity.
 
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I upgraded to Logic a while back and haven't really looked back either, but I love that Garageband exists and hope it sticks around in some form. Aside from being 'Logic lite/free' it's a great introduction to DAWs, the kind of app that made the mac so great in the 2000s, harnessing the creative potential of computing for ordinary people who might just want to try things out.

I still use the iPad version sometimes and then import rough ideas into Logic.
I will say that logic is king but GB on Mac and GB on IOS are all different animals to me and music I create on each feels different somehow.
 
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Porco

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I will say that logic is king but GB on Mac and GB on IOS are all different animals to me and music I create on each feels different somehow.

I agree. Even just the touch interface on GB for iOS makes it a different tool. I quite like that about it. And the fact it's a little like iPhone/iPad cameras - it being mobile means you always have it with you. They all have their pros and cons I think, it's nice they all exist.
 
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GarageBand is great. Not just for recording, but also for use as a simple virtual guitar amp. Fantastic tool.
 
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I remember watching the presentation keynote 15 years ago (streamed through the old QuickTime Player) with my dad when I was 17 year-old and being super excited by it. In the following years I then recorded probably 150 songs/ideas with my Fender Strato :):):) So much fun.
 
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