Apple Updates GarageBand, Intros Music Memos for iOS
Apple today improved its selection of apps for music makers. First, it pushed out a significant update to GarageBand for iOS, which now includes Live Loops. Apple says deejay equipment inspired Live Loops. Anyone can create looping rhythm or backing tracks using cells, columns, and grids within GarageBand. The app also adds a new drummer feature with nine EDM and acoustic session drummers, and a wider selection of virtual amps and bass players. The app has been optimized for the iPad Pro, but adds 3D Touch support to the iPhone 6s/6s Plus versions. GarageBand 2.1 is available from the iTunes App Store. Music Memos, inspired by the iOS Voice Memo app, is a brand new tool meant to help musicians quickly and easily record and organize their musical ideas. The app can record any instrument through the built-in microphone, analyze the rhythm and chords of guitar/piano tracks, and automatically add bass and drum accompaniments. Music Memos provides basic notation, and can display which chords have been played. Last, the app syncs with iCloud so Music Memos are available across Apple devices. Music Memo is free to download from the iTunes App Store.
Apple's GarageBand Scores Alchemy Synthesizer
Apple today announced a major update to GarageBand, its music creating and recording app for iOS devices. Chiefly, GarageBand now includes the Alchemy synthesizer, which adds more than 150 new patches from Apple that span myriad styles like pop, rock, EDM, and hip hop.
Vine Adds Music to Video Loops
Vine has updated its Android and iOS apps with a new feature allowing users to easily attach music to their videos. A function called Snap to Beat makes it easy to create what Vine refers to as perfect loops, or soundtracks that loop seamlessly with no breaks.
Apple Unbundles Huge Number of Apps from the iPhone, Allows Users to Delete Them
Apple today pulled a number of its own, core apps out of iOS and dumped them into the iTunes App Store. Apps such as FaceTime and Mail — made by Apple — have only received updates once per year when Apple updates the entire iOS.
Apple Releases Fourth iOS 8.4 Beta
Apple has made iOS 8.4 Beta 4 available to developers for testing. The latest iOS 8 beta adds a new version of the music application ahead of Apple Music's debut later this month.