Today in Apple history: Logic Pro 7 shows Apple’s still serious about creatives

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Logic Pro 7 was a great music creation tool for Apple fans.
Logic Pro 7 was a great music creation tool for Apple fans.
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29 September Today in Apple history September 29, 2004: Apple debuts Logic Pro 7, its pro-grade music creation and audio production software. The update boasts a host of new tools and a streamlined interface that brings it more in line with other Apple software.

Coming off the success of the iPod and iTunes Music Store, Logic Pro 7 — and its stripped-down sibling, Logic Express 7 — serves a reminder of Apple’s dominance in the music tech arena, for consumers and professionals alike.

How Jimmy Iovine plans to save Apple Music’s ‘soul’

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Jimmy Iovine talks up Apple Music at WWDC 2015.
Apple Music boss Jimmy Iovine at WWDC 2015.
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Apple Music has already racked up more than 30 million paid subscribers, but according to boss Jimmy Iovine, the company still has a long way to go before its satisfied with its streaming service.

The former Beats CEO turned Apple exec sat down for a new interview along with Beats 1 DJ Zane Lowe to talk about the future of the service. During the wide-ranging discussion, the Apple Music team revealed how it thinks music streaming has to change in order to dominate free rivals like YouTube.

This wireless box turns your iPhone into a portable recording studio

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The Spire Studio looks super easy to use.
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If you’re a musician, there are plenty of ways to get recordings into your iPhone or iPad. Almost everyone uses either the Voice Notes or Music Memos to capture ideas, and there is a small universe of music apps for iOS, along with hardware to connect your instruments or high-quality microphones. But the Spire Studio hopes to make things easier by combining new hardware with an app, to make capturing audio super-simple.

Bose takes on AirPods and Beats by baking in Google

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Bose's Quietcomfort 35 II wireless headphones are the start of a partnership with Google.
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Apple’s AirPods and Beats headphones are getting some fresh competition from one of the biggest audio companies in the game. And they’re getting a little help from Apple’s rival, Google.

Bose unveiled two new products today. One is its first ever foray into the world of truly wireless earbuds. The other is a pair of brand new noise-canceling headphones that are also designed to work with Google Assistant.

Apple’s new ad shows the power of having 40 million songs on your wrist

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Feel the liberating power of 40 million songs on your Apple Watch Series 3
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Apple Music and Apple Watch are a match made in tech heaven, based on the latest ad from Apple.

The company published a new one-minute ad on its YouTube channel today that highlights the new cellular capabilities of Apple Watch Series 3. Apple’s captivating commercial features skateboarder Killian Martin performing a dazzling array of tricks indoors while jamming to music on Apple Watch.

Check it out:

This iPad synthesizer lets you play almost any sound

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SyndtSphere lets you dial in sounds, and the sounds between sounds.
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SyndtSphere may be just about the most flexible music instrument ever. It is also an iPad app. Klevgränd’s SyndtSphere can be a piano, a violin, a flute, a bass, but it can also be anything in-between. If you ever struggled to find the exact sound you wanted out of a synthesizer, then should try SyndtSphere, because you’ll probably find it there.

Apple signs cut-rate streaming deal with Warner Music Group

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Apple will pay less for some of the hottest tracks.
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Apple has reportedly signed its first major music streaming deal since launching Apple Music in 2015.

Sources “familiar with the matter” say it has signed a new, cut-rate agreement with Warner Music Group, and is on the verge of reaching a similar deal with Sony Music Entertainment.

How to use a USB hub to hook up multiple devices to your iPad

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It's a mess, but it all works perfectly.
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You know how the Lightning cable that plugs into your iDevice has a USB plug on the other end? That’s because the Lightning port is a kind of fancy USB port itself. You already know that you can in plug a keyboard, or an audio interface, or a camera, using Apple’s Lightning to USB Camera Adapter. But did you know that you can plug in all of those at once? That’s right — by using a powered USB hub, you can hook up as many accessories as you like to your iPad at once. If you ever use your iPad to work at your desk, with a keyboard, then you can use this tip to build your own iPad docking station.