“Music is the hottest thing in the digital world today, and Sony and Microsoft are scrambling to catch up to Apple Computer’s musical lead. Apple’s exquisitely engineered iPod digital music player and iTunes music-management software are market makers and leaders, giving consumers complete control over their music. As the Kinks said, give the people what they want,” George Emerson writes for The Globe and Mail.
“GarageBand is this year’s new Apple music product, a song-creation program that is bundled in the iLife ’04 software package and included on newer Macs. Even though I’ve been playing with it for a while, I am just now recognizing its revolutionary potential — to make the actual creation (not just the playback) of music easier, more accessible and more fun,” Emerson writes.
“However, unlike Apple’s phenomenally popular iPod and iTunes, which run on both Windows and Macintosh, GarageBand runs only on Apple’s proprietary operating system,” Emerson writes. “You’ll also need a newer machine to get the most out of the program, which can hog quite a bit of memory and processing power as the musical loops add up. But since this is the time of year when many people are upgrading for back to school or Christmas, consider GarageBand as your inner rock star’s reason to finally get a computer you will love.”
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