There’s been quite a bit of talk about this over the last few days andI thought I’d take some time to put down my thoughts about Apple introducing GarageBand for the iPad.
People have been saying things like ‘it’ll kill off music apps for indie devs’ and the like and I want to respond to that. When GarageBand first arrived in January 2004 it was great. Apple putting music creation into the hands of the masses. But did it destroy the market for music making software at any level? No, not in anyway. If anything it made other software companies look up and see that there’s a market for the user making music in their bedroom studio.
That is what I think is going to happen with the introduction of GarageBand on the iPad. I think that it will generate more interest from iPad users in making music and that a percentage of those users will want to do more and that will lead them in turn to discover more apps from the community of excellent developers that exists today.
The other thing we might see is other big software houses entering the iPad and tablet market, and that would be excellent.
I think that GB on the iPad can only mean good things for the mobile music creation community, and I don’t think that any developers should see this as anything but good news.