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Creating New Music

Jennifer likes taking pictures and enjoys the process of making videos (as long as it's quick). But she really doesn't have any musical aspirations or, frankly, skills. Still, as a business owner she has an obligation not to accompany videos and slide shows in her retail studio with the copyrighted music she listens to on her iPod. Charlie shouldn't either—playing his music in presentations he makes at school is technically improper, but since he's a kid and the use is noncommercial (and probably one-time), he can get away with it. Charlie's interest in GarageBand is far more extensive than making background music—he's a great guitar player, and he uses GarageBand to help him practice and record his professional-sounding tracks without needing to coordinate with a group when he feels like jamming. Christopher is allowed to use copyrighted music from CDs in his personal home projects, but he's attracted to GarageBand because he wants music in his videos that sounds hip but without lyrics—since they might compete for the attention of the audience. Jennifer needs music, however, and she has a limited budget.

It's always an option to buy the rights to some music, or find some royalty-free tunes. (There are many sources online.) Apple provides a large online assortment of short musical riffs if you have a .Mac account. Called Freeplay music, it's on your iDisk in the software folder for .Mac members.


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