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MS \"Monaco\" to take on GarageBand

updated 02:00 pm EDT, Fri April 7, 2006

MS to take on GarageBand

Microsoft is planning to release a music authoring program for the company's upcoming Windows Vista called "Monaco," which will compete with Apple's GarageBand application. The program will be similar in design to GarageBand, but will be optimized for Windows Vista and the Aero user interface, according to Ziff Davis. GarageBand -- designed for amateur musicians -- is part of Apple's iLife suite of applications for creating and organizing digital content. Microsoft's Monaco will target the same audience, will work on Windows only, and will make use of Microsoft's search algorithms to find particular music clips. Microsoft may use Monaco as a showcase Vista application, according to the report.

by MacNN Staff





  1. marcuscorder



    Oh no

    I have a hunch this will be less than stellar in comparison...

  1. jimothy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Monaco is a city known for it's orchestral music. I suspect this is targeted more to an aspiring Springsteen than a budding Beethoven. Even if it's merely a code name, surely they could have chosen a more appropriate city.

  1. JoelSmith

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Offical Name

    Wanna bet it's called something stunningly creative like "Carport Ensemble" when it's released?

  1. LagunaSol

    Joined: Dec 1969


    More of the same

    Is there a single original idea in Redmond?

  1. rtbarry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: lagunasol

    your answer is: no.

  1. tgray

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Redmond hasn't had an original idea yet...why should they start now?

    Proof positive that Apple does indeed innovate.

    Next up...Microsoft to release high end audio application to compete with Soundtrack. Rumor is they are going to call is Sound Recorder Professional.

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Everyday marks a more hilarious day as Microshit proves to the world how eternally pathetic they are. What a sorry bunch man, really. Microsoft et al are a perfect example of what true embarassment to society looks like.

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Last I checked..

    Apple didn't just invent garageband, they bought out a few larger music-composition software titles and then rebadged them as their own. Oh wait, they did that with iTunes too.... How very Microsoft-ish.

  1. jedi2187

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I can't WAIT for Gates or Ballmer to demo it in front of a large audience. Conan O'Brien should be invited also to heckle them.

  1. ApeInTheShell

    Joined: Dec 1969


    AHHH!!! Good, good

    Monaco sounds like the name of a gas station (e.g. Conaco, Texaco). Who thinks up this stuff?

    ibugv4 > You are right that Apple does not invent their own software. They take existing problems and come up with new solutions to them (innovation). For example, a couple years ago the MP3 player was small, ran on AA batteries, and could only hold a few songs depending on how much memory you bought (which was a lot of money). Apple released the iPod; a music device with a hard drive, larger screen, longer battery life, and it could fit in most people's pockets. It used a simple scroll wheel to navigate the menus and synched with iTunes (formerly SoundJam MP). So you see that any company have come up with this solution but they didn't. Microsoft looks at a way to avoid the problems and deal with them at a later time.

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