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Apple Announces New Music App, Beefs Up GarageBand

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Apple, on Wednesday announced a new addition and a major update to its family of music-making app ‘GarageBand’.

According to the company, the goal is to make it easier for musicians and aspiring musicians alike to more easily create and produce jams throughout the songwriting and production process.

The new app called ‘Music Memos’ lets musicians and songwriters quickly capture, organize and develop their musical ideas right on their iPhone.

GarageBand for iOS is a music creation app, and the new GarageBand 2.1 update introduces Live Loops, an entirely new and way to create amazing music. Inspired by DJ hardware controllers and drum machines, using only their iPhone or iPad.

“Musicians around the world, from the biggest artists to aspiring students, use Apple devices to create amazing music, said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

“The innovative new Music Memos app will help them quickly capture their ideas on iPhone and iPad whenever inspiration strikes. GarageBand is the most popular music creation app in the world, and this update helps everyone easily tap into their musical talent with the powerful new Live Loops and Drummer features, and adds support for the larger iPad Pro screen and 3D Touch on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.”

Apple said that the new Music Memos app is inspired by Voice Memos and takes the functionality further by adding musician-friendly features designed specifically for song-writing and developing musical ideas.

Music Memos can even provide basic notation that displays the chords that were played. With iCloud your Music Memos are automatically available across all your Apple devices so you can open them in GarageBand or Logic Pro X to further develop your songs. Musicians can easily share their ideas via email or with their fans through Apple Music Connect.

Grammy Award-winning artist and producer, T-Pain, who recorded his first album using GarageBand and continues to use it in his music today, said: “I love how the new Live Loops in GarageBand lets me quickly build tracks and beats, and even perform effects like a musical instrument. It’ll change the way an entire generation makes music.”

Apple said that the Music Memos is available for free on the App store and is compatible with iPhone 4S and later, and iPad 2 and later. GarageBand 2.1 for iOS is bundled free with new iOS devices that have 32GB or more storage. It is also available as a free upgrade for existing users with compatible iOS 9 devices or later.