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Apple could make GarageBand iOS free, charge for instruments

updated 05:56 am EDT, Mon October 21, 2013

Music creation software listed under built-in iOS 7 apps page for short time

Apple could be preparing to release an updated version of GarageBand as a free iOS app, according to a rumor. The music creation software may end up following the same path as iWork, iPhoto, and iMovie in being free for iOS 7 devices, though there is suggestion that not everything in the app will be free to use.

An update on the built-in apps page, now reverted after being spotted by MacRumors, showed the same style of flat icons as leaked in the iOS iCloud Storage Management settings last week. The appearance on the page means that the app will no longer be an extra $5 charge through the App Store. Associated text advises that "additional GarageBand instruments and sounds are available with an in-app purchase," though stops short of stating how much these will cost.

More details are highly likely to be revealed at Apple's event tomorrow.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Inkling

    Senior User

    Joined: 07-25-06

    Making GarageBand free--like the iWorks apps--makes good business sense. Apple makes so little from their sale, that making them free probably earns more money from added iDevice sales. It also gives them a major advantage over their Android competition. I just hope Apple doesn't force the installation of this software on iDevices with limited storage. Not everyone wants GarageBand.

    This is also hardware coming full-circle. My first computer was a Kaypro IV in the early 1980s. I got it for $1500, and one of the selling points was that it came with $2000 in free software.

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    While nobody outside Apple could address your concern, the company is *likely* to handle this exactly the way they do now -- offer a free download of all the apps when a new user registers, but if the user doesn't want all the apps at once, they can go back and download the ones they do want later at no charge.

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