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Chapter 11. The Mac Sound Machine

The last few years have comprised a digital revolution in terms of how people record, mix, deliver, play, and listen to music. Because of their graphical user interface and inherent usability, Macintosh computers have always been able to create sophisticated graphics and multimedia, including audio. Artists, such as Todd Rundgren, are well-known Macintosh fanatics, using Macs in almost every phase of producing sophisticated audio recordings.

Mac OS X continues the grand tradition of the Macintosh as a powerful platform for creating, editing, and playing music. Today’s Macs running Mac OS X not only play CDs, but they also retrieve music for you over the Internet, record music from CDs, edit audio files that are stored on disk, and much more. In addition, your Mac can talk to you, reading documents, Web sites, and almost any selected text out loud using built-in voices. As if that weren’t enough, your Mac can also accept voice commands through a built-in or external microphone, and can automatically open files, run programs, and do almost everything except make your dinner (reserved for an upcoming release of Mac OS X, perhaps).


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