GarageBand for the iPad in Action

I must admit I was a little skeptical when it came to the abilities of the iPad’s new musical abilities, but this changed completely once I found this video of George Lambro’s skills.  If you think that GarageBand for the iPad is a bust, check this video out!  This is where the phrase Apple so pushes “the iPad is magical” truly comes into play.

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Apple Updates Remote App to 2.1.1

Apple has updated their Remote app for the iPhone and iPad to version 2.1.1.  Remote is an App designed to take control of iTunes on your Mac, or your Apple TV from one of your iOS devices.  Version 2.1.1 adds the following:

  • Improvements when connection to iTunes or Apple TV
  • Addition of a “skip back” button when playing video
  • Additional stability and performance improvements

This appears to be mostly a performance update with the addition of a “skip back” button when controlling a device playing video.  To download this update open iTunes on either your Mac or your iOS device.

Updated iMovie for the iPhone

Although one of the iPad 2′s killer features is it’s built-cameras and the ability to run a fully featured version of iMovie (version 1.2) with it’s faster processor, little do people know that iMovie for the iPhone has also been updated.  Here’s what the official App Store notes state (excluding iPad only features) :

  • Multitrack audio editing with 8 themed soundtracks and over 50 bundled sound effects
  • Audio recording directly into the timeline
  • Three new themes – Neon, Simple, and CNN iReport
  • AirPlay support for sharing to Apple TV (compatible only with second-generation AppleTV; requires iOS 4.3 or later)

Apple Updates iTunes to 10.2 for Compatibility with iOS 4.3

Apple recently updated its media hub iTunes to version 10.2 for compatibility with its soon-to-be-released update to its iOS.  With this update, iOS 4.3 users will be able to sync their computers with their iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches.  The iOS 4.3 update is due Friday, March 11th.

The update brings enhancements to iTunes’s “Home Sharing” feature – making the updated iOS devices able to browse and play home shared libraries straight from the OS.  Note that this happens over a required WiFi network which both devices have to be connected to.

FaceTime Beta for Mac

A little while back, Apple introduced a beta into the Mac App universe allowing you to video chat with other Apple devices using their new video calling service “FaceTime”.  These devices include (at the time of writing) iPhone 4 and  an iPod Touch “with camera”.  Here’s a look at what this beta has to offer.  After downloading and installing the beta, you are given the option to enter or create an Apple ID. This will be the address that people will use to call you through FaceTime with.  Once set up, FaceTime for Mac will populate a list with your contacts allowing you to call them using their email addresses.  As long as they have FaceTime open and have it connected to the corresponding address you have in their Address Book card, then your video conferencing adventures are but a click away.

Skype for iPhone Now Supports Video

With the release of Skype 3.0 for the iPhone comes the ability to video chat.  This long awaited feature is now available.  Here’s what the official update text says:

- Make Skype to Skype video calls on WiFi and 3G*

- Call Skype desktop users (Mac OS X or Windows) and other iPhone users.

- Two-way video calls supported on iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 4th gen.

- Receive only video supported on iPad and iPod touch 3rd gen, with no camera.

- Make video calls in portrait and landscape.

Apple Blasts Spotify US Launch

Most Americans may not be aware of a free music subscription service that is gaining a lot of attention in Europe. Spotify, originated in Sweden, is that service. Stream music anywhere, anytime, all the time, for free. You can share music with your friends, create custom playlists, listen to new albums, stream to your mobile device from the cloud instantly, all for free. Makes sense that with the few people in the US who know of Spotifys existence cant wait for the service to hit the American part of the Internet. Apple, however, wouldnt exactly like it too much if Spotify came to the American sandbox to play, being that they totally dominate the digital content distribution industry through iTunes. In fact, Cupertino is in the process of explaining to labels why it would be rather difficult to sell something that people could get elsewhere for free legally.

Remote 2.0 is Released with Apple TV Support

Apple has just released Remote 2.0 which includes a new icon, support for Apple TV and better support for the iPad and the retina display on the iPhone 4. The interface on the iPad now almost looks like iTunes on the desktop.

First AirPlay Supported AV Reciever

The Denon AVR-4311CI has been reportedly flagged to gain AirPlay support in the near future.  This can be done by a company released firmware update allowing users to stream your favorite music from any iOS device to the receiver.

Ping: The iTunes Social Network

At Apple’s recent media briefing, the music selling blockbuster company released a new version of iTunes – version 10.  Along with a bunch of interface enhancements and the ability to soon stream music, pictures, and video to the new Apple TV, a new social network was also brought into the area of musical cyberspace.  Introducing Ping: A Social Network for Music.

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