Apple’s GarageBand turns 15
January 6, 2019

The popular Mac and iOS music creation app turn 15 years old today.

Originally introduced during Macworld ’04, GarageBand has become one of Apple’s most popular software. It debuted onstage by Steve Jobs and John Mayer, which initially had an app for Mac and subsequently also appeared on iOS devices as well.

Apple said that it has created GarageBand to help ‘democratize’ music making for everyone. GarageBand has a plethora of options that novices and even professionals can use. Even educators around the world have started utilizing GarageBand as a way to promote music creation to students.

Also a fun fact, some of GarageBand’s loops and sounds were actually used in popular songs released since its introduction.

Check out some of GarageBand’s milestones:

  • January 2004: GarageBand debuted at Macworld by Steve Jobs with John Mayer
  • April 2005: NIN release “The Hand That Feeds” as GarageBand project file that fans can remix
  • December 2005: T-Pain creates his first album, “Rappa Ternt Sanga” in GarageBand for Mac
  • March 2007: Rihanna “Umbrella” built with GarageBand bundled drum loop “Vintage Funk Kit 03”
  • March 2007: Fall Out Boy records “Thnks fr th Mmrs” in GarageBand for Mac
  • November 2007: Duran Duran releases GarageBand version of “Nite-Runner” that fans can remix
  • February 2008: Usher “Love in This Club” built with GarageBand bundled synth loop “Euro Hero Synth 02”
  • February 2008: Ting Tings record “Great DJ” on GarageBand for Mac
  • April 2008: Radiohead release “Nude” as GarageBand project file that fans can remix
  • 2008: It Might Get Loud documentary shows Edge from U2 using GarageBand on his laptop
  • 2009: Learn to Play and Artist Lessons announced on GarageBand for Mac
  • May 2009: St. Vincent creates “Actor” album in GarageBand
  • March 2011: GarageBand for iPad announced
  • November 2011: GarageBand for iPhone announced
  • October 2013. GarageBand 10 for Mac with new design announced
  • August 2014: Haim records “My Song 5” in GarageBand
  • June 2015: Marc Maron interviews President Obama in a podcast recorded in his garage using GarageBand for Mac
  • January 2016: Live Loops feature added to GarageBand for iOS
  • May 2016: GarageBand for Greater China announced with traditional Chinese instruments
  • April 2017: Steve Lacey produces the Kendrick Lamar song “PRIDE” using GarageBand for iOS

GarageBand is a free app available for both Mac and iOS devices.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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