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GarageBand Update

GarageBand, from Apple, was updated with a new function to easily record audio from your iOS device home screen. The update also adds a free Keyboard Collection with 150+ keyboard loops and 50 instrument patches.

What's new in GarageBand v2.3.9:

• New audio recordings can be quickly started from the Home screen by touching and holding the GarageBand app icon
• Maximum song length at default tempo has been increased from 23 to 72 minutes
• The ruler now offers an option to switch from musical bars and beats to minutes and seconds
• New downloadable "Keyboard Collection" sound pack includes over 150 keyboard loops and 50 instrument patches like pianos, organs, and electric pianos

Patrick from TheGarageBandGuide is ideally qualified to show off the update!

Reader Comments 6

Requires iOS 14. I was considering reinstalling because GarageBand it is fun, even if I’ve moved onto other apps for 99% of what I do presently, but the iOS 14 thing might hold this off a few months until I’m sure it’s stable.

Just posting so others know it’s required mostly.
October 24, 2020  | person Stacy Puckett
They always do this...;)

- thx for the info tho, i checked comments because of exactly that question;)
October 26, 2020  | person_outline Spaced invader
That’s one of the few ways they directly profit from something like a major GarageBand update. Like Stacy, I thought I’d update it for the hell of it, even though I can’t remember the last time I used it.
Most of us know better than to plunge blindly into iOS updates. Still, I feel sorry for the innocents who get tortured every year by being led into minor disaster by auto-updates, especially of IOS itself. As many $billions as Apple spends on one thing and another, it seems like they could do a better job of testing the OS before releasing it. I know it’s not easy, and it’s easy for me to criticize them.
On the other hand, I got a new Windows box last year, and they pop up from behind bushes all the time to inform you they’re damn well updating all sorts of stuff. I couldn’t believe what a pain in the ass it was to get around it. It’s easy enough to see how convenient it would be for the manufacturers if everybody just let them update everything all the time. But as we all know, the problems it can cause are BEEG.
October 26, 2020  | person_outline Ralph Stempel
That is a fair point about Microsoft, Ralph. They're very aware of the reputation Windows has for being insecure. A lot of people point out that it is merely a target rich environment. Since there are so many more Windows users, hackers and virus developers focus their efforts there.

But you'll still hear people claiming Windows is insecure.

To get ahead of this, Windows 10 is full-agro about making sure everyone is updated to address every possible bug. It is quite annoying, but I've never had a Windows 10 update break anything. Like iOS version, I waited until they had ironed out the initial bugs before switching to 10. Since the switch though I haven't had a single thing break on me. Whereas with Apple they keep breaking macOS on a an annual basis, and require you to update in order to use any of their tools like Xcode. It's a nightmare. "It just works... as long as you keep your fucking hands up where I can see them and let us take and break whatever we damn well please."
It's interesting that GB in iOS now has a kind of contextual menu from the home screen. I wonder if that kind of functionality is limited to Apple apps, and if so, if that represents some kind of unfair practice.
October 26, 2020  | favorite_border stub
On October 26, 2020 - @stub said:
It's interesting that GB in iOS now has a kind of contextual menu from the home screen. I wonder if that kind of functionality is limited to Apple apps, and if so, if that represents some kind of unfair practice.
Nope. I've seen other apps do that as well. It is just rare in music apps. Instacart for instance has My Cart and Search from the Home screen context menu if you hold on it.
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