GarageBand to Feature for Free on iOS 7

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GarageBand to Feature for Free on iOS 7GarageBand launched on iOS back in March 2011 and has become one of the best-selling paid apps on the platform. Now, it seems like it could be the next application to go down the freemium route, as Apple briefly revealed it in a revision of its “Built-in-Apps” page for the iPhone 5S.

Any mention of the app being included on iOS 7 as standard have now disappeared, indicating that someone over at Cupertino got a little excited in anticipation of Apple’s media event of Tuesday and revealed more than they were supposed to. Of course, this being the internet means that there is no getting away with such a slip up, however brief it may be, and the guys over at Mac Rumors were quick to spot the text and share it with the rest of us.

“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,” said the now-removed Apple documentation.

GarageBand appeared on the “Built-in-Apps” page alongside iPhoto and iMovie, giving more weight to the theory that it will feature as a freemium app and that its short-lived appearance on the page was not just a mistake.

It has already been announced by Apple at its press event back in September that former paid apps iPhoto and iMovie will be free for buyers of new iOS devices, along with Pages, Numbers and Keynote.

GarageBand, while free, will still require in-app purchases in order for people to get the most out of the app, with users required to buy new instruments and sounds. It is believed that licensing fees related to some of the sounds is the reason why this app was left out of the move to make iLife and iWork apps freely available on the new iOS in the first instance – going down the freemium route is the best way to get round this.

We’ll see tomorrow whether GarageBand is revealed by Apple as an as-standard app, or if we’ll have to wait longer to make some sweet music for free.

– Anthony Carter

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