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From Rihanna to Fall Out Boy, Hear How Apple’s Garageband Changed Music Forever

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28:  Recording artist Rihanna performs onstage during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City.  (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for NARAS)

Recording artist Rihanna performs onstage during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City.

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To users of Apple’s Garageband, the drumbeat of Rihanna’s “Umbrella” has another name: “Vintage Funk Kit 03.” And that’s just one of the countless ways in which an easy-to-use piece of software has infiltrated and transformed music production since its introduction in 2004. In a new episode of our podcast, Rolling Stone Music Now, Amy X. Wang – Rolling Stone’s senior music business editor, who wrote a groundbreaking in-depth feature on Garageband and visited the Apple studios where engineers craft the sounds of its loops and synthesized instruments  – joins host Brian Hiatt to discuss the past and future of Garageband, as well as the long and weird history of DIY home recording.

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