Apple brings GarageBand to iPhone, iPod

Apple brings GarageBand to iPhone, iPod
GarageBand for the iPad was one of the biggest software additions coming with the second-gen Apple tablet and it was a dream come true for users wishing to experiment with music. GarageBand brought a couple of instruments, so you could play the guitar, piano or even drums on your tablet. Porting this to a smaller screen like the 3.5-inch one on the iPhone seemed hard, but Apple has done it. Now, the application is available on iTunes for $4.99, getting you rid of yet another obstacle to creating music on the go.

The iPhone/iPod app has all the features of the tablet GarageBand: multi-touch with Smart Instruments, but also TouchInstruments for those who want to fully control the music experience on their devices. Additionally, you can record voice with the mic on the iPhone and even plug-in a guitar and start recording. We've covered all of those features in our detailed review of GarageBand for the iPad.

“GarageBand on iPad has been a big hit and we think customers will love using it on their iPhone or iPod touch,” Apple’s senior VP of ​Marketing, Phil Schiller, said. “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.”

The application first launched on the Mac and only later got its tablet version, but it's a bit more than just a simple toy to play with. Companies have even outed their own accessories complimenting the experience and those include guitar picks and even drum sticks. Still, the 3.5-inch screen is a limitation, especially for those with deeper musical backgrounds and music creation experience.

On the iPhone, it's a 500MB download, so you'd better be in a Wi-Fi zone when installing. It operates in landscape mode and works with iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 3rd gen and later models.

source: Apple



1. goflet

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

what is this good for? 10 seconds and never use it again.

3. davecann2

Posts: 460; Member since: Mar 15, 2011

I have to agree... I payed like 10 bucks for this app and played it for a total of 20mins since purchased. I dont understand the hype for this app. Its cool but not very functional.

4. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

I love it. But then again, I produce music on my computer and am a musician... So it's a fun toy to play with when I'm on the go.

6. denney

Posts: 98; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

It really depends. If you express interest in music and would like to record on the go, it is a great tool, especially with integration into a mac desktop. If I had the option to record a beat at home, put it on my phone, overlay synth while I'm at work, then drop the tracks back on my iMac that night, I would be ecstatic, my life is so tied up in work and school I don't have too much time to engage in my passion. I wish I had either an iPhone or iPad. But yeah, If you bought it to tap on the drumset, you wasted your money.

2. Mobilephonereviews

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

This software brings a cheers to the music lovers.

5. cupcake

Posts: 106; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

Yes! I wonder what the recording quality is like?

7. E.J.Su

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

What the hell? I have to buy it again if I want it on my iPod?!

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