Did Apple just kill a small part of the music industry?

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Ever since the iPhone and iPod Touch caught the attention of developers of developers with an interest in music, there have been music apps in the iTunes App store.

With yesterday’s announcement of Garage Band for iPad these smaller niche developers could be challenged by the vast development resources Apple can bring to bear.

Garage Band iPad
Digging into the details, iPad Garage Band really looks like a great all-in-one package with a good selection of instruments, instrument enhancements (Smart Instruments), Plug-ins, Synthisizers, and Digital Audio Workstation components (Amps & Effects), as well as multi-track editing and recording.

Wow, there’s a lot there for $4.99. Seriously. I’ll be getting it.

What’s out there now
Taking a quick look at some of the leading music creation and instrumentation apps in the store, you’d exceed that level by just buying one app, in many cases.

Recording

Sequencers

Instruments / Synths

 

You see the challenge?
For consumers and software developers, once again, Apple has redefined an industry, but perhaps not in a good way. Or did they just make a statement that the existing apps are way too overpriced? Time will tell.

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My device isn’t what it was yesterday.

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One of the neatest things about computers, and now portable computing devices (like my iPad) is that with a quick download, the unit’s function changes. If the promise of portable tablet computing plays out, mobile technology will be the next big wave in the tech biz. And why not, we’re only limited by the imagination of the application
developers.

I was reminded of this most recently when I noticed and explored variety of music synthesizers and ‘instruments’ for the iPad.

Some of these synth apps replicate oldschool electronic sound engines of the ‘80s, and other incorporate new thinking and technology.

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