Apple taking its GarageBand music app freemium for iPhone and iPad


From The Guardian:

Apple’s GarageBand has been one of the best-selling paid apps for iOS since its launch in March 2011 as a £2.99 download. Now it’s set to follow the dominant App Store trend by switching to freemium.

Apple let the news slip on its own website, after updating the text and icons on its Built-in Apps page for the iPhone 5s smartphone, where GarageBand sat alongside other “iLife” apps iPhoto and iMovie.

“GarageBand is free on the App Store for all iOS 7 compatible devices; additional GarageBand instruments and sounds are available with an in-app purchase,” explained the text, which has since been removed, but was spotted by Mac Rumors.

Apple had already announced at its 18 September press event that iPhoto and iMovie will be switching from paid apps to free downloads for anyone buying a new iOS device, alongside its “iWork” apps Keynote, Pages and Numbers.

GarageBand hadn’t been mentioned during that launch, calling into question future support for the iOS version of Apple’s music creation software. Now those questions have been answered: it’s making a similar shift from paid to free, but Apple is hoping to capitalise on the booming freemium market on iOS.

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