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