Apple Updates GarageBand for iOS, adds iPhone and iPod Touch Support

Apple today announced the launch of GarageBand for iPhone and iPod touch, making the previous iPad-only version a universal app.“GarageBand on iPad has been a big hit and we think customers will love using it on their iPhone or iPod touch,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.

“The innovative Multi-Touch interface combined with Smart Instruments makes it easy to create great sounding music, even if you’ve never studied music or played an instrument before.”

GarageBand [App Store] is available in the App Store for $4.99, with the new version 1.1 bringing iPhone and iPod touch support and several other enhancements.

What’s New in Version 1.1

– Universal app designed for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch
– Create custom chords for Smart Instruments
– Support for 3/4 and 6/8 time signatures
– Reset song key without transposing original recordings
– Transpose songs in semitones or full octaves
– Additional quantization options for recordings including, straight, triplet and swing
– New audio export quality settings for AAC and AIFF (Uncompressed)
– Arpeggiator available in Smart Keyboard
– Adjustable velocity settings for Touch Instruments
– Numerous enhancements, including automatic fade out and improved audio import options

The update is just going live now and should be rolling out to all markets at this time.

Pricing & Availability

GarageBand 1.1 for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch is available on the App Store™ for $4.99 (US) to new users, or as a free update for existing GarageBand for iPad customers. GarageBand is a universal app that runs on iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPod touch (3rd & 4th generation).


Fruity Loops hits the App Store on iPhone and iPad

Fruity Loops, a popular music creation software for Windows PCs, has made an iOS debut. The FL Studio Mobile app lets you create soundtracks on the go, featuring 133 instruments, drum kits and sliced-loop beats. You can also import your mobile projects into the FL Studio Desktop PC version (all instruments map seamlessly), just like GarageBand (but not vice versa). The 166MB download has been launched at special introductory price of $15 in both iPhone and iPad versions.

The FL Studio Mobile features are listed below:

• 133 high quality instruments, drum kits & sliced-loop beats
• All instruments have FL Studio desktop counterparts for FL Studio desktop import and extension
• Stepsequencer for fast percussion programming and sliced-loop reworking
• Configurable virtual piano-keyboard
• Configurable key labels (off, Cs only, all keys or all keys colored)
• Drum pad
• Browser with preview button and logical sorting into Instruments, Synths, Drum kits & Loop
• Pan, volume, release and attack time configurable per instrument
• Pitch bend via accelerometer
• Low-latency, iOS-optimized, high quality, battery-friendly audio engine
• Drum loops and sliced loops ready to start your project with a cool bea
• Effects include Limiter, Reverb, Delay, EQ, Amp simulator & Filter to enhance your mix.
• 99 track sequencer and intuitive editing option
• Per-track mute, solo, effect bus, pan and volume adjustment
• Edit at the level of tracks, bars or down to individual notes
• Piano roll editor for manual entry of note & chord sequence data or detailed editing of recorded performances
• Unlimited undo and redo for all editable screens
• Metronome with tempo & time-signature settings
• Intuitive positioning of screens with the slide gesture and resize with the pinch gesture
• Retina display support
• Save and load your songs, export to wave
• MIDI file import/export
• In-app user manual
• Compatible with: Akai SynthStation 25 & CoreMIDI (MIDI in and out)

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Apple updates GarageBand and iMovie for iPad

It seems as if Apple has a lot of last minute updates to get rid of before preparing the users for the HUGE updates that will undoubtedly follow the WWDC, earlier this week Apple released updates for the iPad versions of GarageBand and iMovie.

GarageBand for iPad has been updated to version 1.0.1 and contains the following new features and fixes:

  • Support for audio output over AirPlay, Bluetooth devices and HDMI with the Apple Digital AV Adapter
  • Import of AIFF, WAV, CAF audio files and Apple Loops (16 bit, 44.1 kHz)
  • Allows copy and paste of audio from supported apps into GarageBand
  • Addresses occurrences of GarageBand freezing while playing Smart Instruments
  • Improves overall stability and addresses a number of minor issues

support document for GarageBand 1.0.1 notes now the new audio copy/paste function works:

“You can paste an audio file from an app that supports copying audio to the clipboard. GarageBand for iPad supports uncompressed audio files with a sample rate of 44.1 kHz and 16-bit depth (the standard for audio CDs). Audio files copied from another app can be pasted to Audio Recorder or Guitar amp tracks.”

iMovie for iPad/iPhone has been updated to version 1.2.1 and includes:

  • Audio plays from your HDTV when using the Apple Digital AV Adapter
  • Video plays full screen from Marquee to your HDTV when using the Apple Digital AV Adapter
  • Resolves some cases of missing media in projects
  • Provides more accurate clip grouping by date in Video browser
  • Fixes an issue where a project’s background music would not fade in or out
  • Additional performance and reliability improvements

Both updates are free to existing users and available now on the App Store.

GarageBand updates to 6.0.2 and improves iPad support

GarageBand has updated to 6.0.2, updating stability throughout the program and addressing support issues regarding projects that are imported from GarageBand for iPad.

From the release notes:

This update improves overall stability and addresses a number of minor issues, including the following:• Support for opening projects imported from GarageBand for iPad. This update is recommended for all GarageBand ’11 users.

The download is available through the Software Update and through Apple’s support page and is a 45.2 MB big download

Apple releases iMovie and Garageband for iPad


As expected, iMovie and GarageBand are now available on the App Store for the iPad 2 when it releases later on this week. iMovie is actually just a universal update, since the app was already available for the iPhone, but it won’t run on the original iPad (GarageBand will, however).

Both apps are available for $4.99. Note that the GarageBand download is pretty big at 370 MB, so if your iPad is already pretty full, you’ll have to delete some apps or media.

Apple updates iMovie and GarageBand

Last week Apple released an update for iPhoto, now they have just released software updates to their iMovie and Garageband applications, which are a part of the iLife ’11 suite. The updates are available through the Software Update.


The GarageBand update to version 6.0.1 (42.7 MB) improves stability, and:

  • Fixes an issue related to undoing Flex Time edits
  • Removes occasional latency that can occur on guitar tracks
  • Restores ability to use the Quantize Note Timing menu for tracks with Groove Matching

The iMovie 9.0.1 update (28.5 MB) improves stability and:

  • Fixes an issue where stabilization would not be applied correctly to some video clips from iPhone and iPod touch
  • FIxes an issue that prevented use of some valid Facebook passwords that contained non-alphanumeric characters.
  • Improves compatibility with some cameras that create content in multiple formats, and
  • Improves performance when scrolling the Project Library.

If you just bought a new Mac then you can get iLife ’11 for $7

So you just spent over 2 grand on a shiny new Mac, only to find out two weeks later Apple releases the super-fabulous iLife ’11, which as you know from the press conference comes with a $49 price tag, so what now?

Well we have some good news for you Apple is letting recent Mac buyers upgrade from the previous version of iLife for $7, so long as they bought the Mac(s) on or after Oct. 1; same deal applies to anyone buying a Mac now or in the future without iLife ’11.

The only downside is that the $7 upgrade is only available online, in other words you’ll have to wait for it in the mail — or wince as you pay for a $49 copy from an Apple Store, if you’re in a hurry to try out all the awesome new features.