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Apple licenses \'GarageBand\' for music application

updated 08:40 am EST, Wed January 7, 2004

\'GarageBand\' name

launched this week. Garageband.com says it will otherwise retain its original rights to use the name for a vast range of products and services.

"We have tremendous respect for Apple's vision and leadership in the digital music space," said Ali Partovi, CEO of Garageband.com. "We've always shared their goal of empowering musicians, and today we're excited to share with them our name. Now, any musician can create music on Apple's state-of-the-art GarageBand software and promote their recordings on Garageband.com's award-winning web services."



Listeners at Garageband.com determine which songs make it to the top, and over 200,000 independent musicians compete for radio airplay (and soon digital distribution on download services such as the iTunes music store).




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  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    why

    Apple couldn't come up with another name than GarageBand? Once they found out the name was already trademarked and they'd have to pay them, why not just use a name like iBand, or something else with the usual "i" in it?

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    But it sounds cooler!

    Probably because GarageBand resonates better with would-be musicians than, say, iBand. The latter sounds (no pun intended) like a medical device.

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    I'm confused

    This Apple company that I'm reading about with this new GarageBand software. Is this the same company that owns/publishes the Beatles work? The name sounds the same, and its music related, but there's no mention of a tie in with Starr or McCartney.

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    Re: I'm confused

    I hope you're kidding... you are, right? It's Apple Computer, not Apple record label.

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    re: why

    probably they did what they should.... weighed the cost with the benefits. In other words, they prefered to pay X to GarageBand.com and be able to have the GarageBand name over having some other name. I'm sure they briefly considered iBand or iMusic or somesuch, but those sounded less cool to them. Thus, it was worth it to them.

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    Steve wanted GarageBand

    Steve wanted the name "GarageBand". 'nuff said.

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    Thinking ahead

    That's it! I'm registering basementband.com so I can get money when Apple adds this new program. So long losers! I'm going to be rich!

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    What is...

    What is a "grage" anyway, and does it have any relation to a hagwire?

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    heh heh

    a musician friend readily dubbed it "Garagebland"

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    Who is this Apple Company

    Is this website all about Apple Records? What is everybody talking about? I've been listening to Beatles records for years without needing all these extra plug-ins and software that people are talking about.

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