Along similar lines as the other audio/video post in this forum, I am in the market for a Macbook today, and for many of the same reasons as the OP. I have as ton of songwriting / performing experience, but no real digital audio recording experience. I was hoping to use "Garage Band" for a while, then move up to something else once I understood the basics. Other then the music thing, I would use it to do some light video / picture editing, drawing via a Wacom pad, technical and creative writing, homework, general purpose internet (forums, banking, etc) and occassionally play a little WoW (the only game I own outside of PS3 games). I get that I would be better off graphically with a new Macbook, but I am cost conscious (I have a wife and two kids!). Can I do all of this on the Blackbook, which looks like the deal-o-the-day, or should I move up to the new 1399 Macbook (which is beautiful, IMO) and look for a USB audio interface for guitar / vocals? This will be my first Mac. Thanks in advance!