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O’Reilly: Five things the next iPod software version needs to have

“Here’s five things Apple could put in the next update to the iPod’s software that would make it a music power tool (in order of how much I want them):

1. Line-in recording
iPod hackers have shown that the iPod is capable of recording a few seconds of audio through it’s headphone port. Being able to record through this port as actual line in would enable you to record pure audio whenever you could get a line. No, the current voice recorder doesn’t count.”

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—->“Haha, I knew someone would go there… have you ever heard of this: http://www.apple.com/ilife/garageband/ - this is Apple elegant and “better” solution to what a 21s*** century band should have.”

that’s a great idea, because i can always just slip my computer in my pocket. I’ll be praising garage band for sure when I bring my G4 and set it up at a smokey jazz club on the south side of chicago to record my gigs. that’s practical.

no, apple is not smart on this issue—to the contrary, they are being rather obtuse. they target artists with their products but then don’t supply one feature that would tremendously help musicians and note-taking students, etc. with this simple feature, they take the rug out from under an entire line of competing sony products—the Minidisc players. Who needs a minidisc if you have a recording-enabled ipod?

unfortunately, apple has yet to wake up and realize this.

Posted by ryan on July 21, 2004 at 4:08 PM (CDT)


There are THREE 3rd party products that plug into an iPod that allow you to take audible notes with iPods. They ARE smart. They are allowing a HUGE 3rd party support system for iPods which only helps them sell more iPods.

As for bootlegging music you might have heard that Steve Jobs is AGAINST illegally collecting music. LOTS of bands have used Macs to record themselves at live concerts. So you are WAY off base.

Garage band is for getting the basics of a song recorded for replay to the rest of the band. Then they use Apple Pro audio tools to do the real recording and editing of the songs.

If you don’t have enough money for this you probably don’t have enough money for guitars, drums, mikes, amps, etc. And if you REALLY dedicated to making your band work. You WILL afford what you need to do it right or hire studio time.

Time for you to “wake up and realize this.”

Posted by Sabon on July 21, 2004 at 8:59 PM (CDT)

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