Hey, Pete here for Studio Live Today with a community service announcement.
You know those videos where they talk for 20 minutes about how something that you’re looking to do might be possible only to get me up telling oh that’s it not… possible.
Well, this is not one of them.
If you’re here because you have a Windows PC and want to run Apple’s GarageBand software, because it’s awesome, then I have some bad news. It is not possible to run Apple’s genuine GarageBand software on anything but the Max OSX platform. Not windows, not Linux, not Commodore 64 or Nintendo Switch. I’m sorry, but the only way to download, install and run the GarageBand software, made by Apple, is to use a Mac, running the Mac OS.
Okay, now that I have that off my chest I feel a lot better and I’m really sorry if you don’t. The reasons so many people are looking for a way to run GarageBand on a PC is because , we’ll, it’s awesome
So, if all you wanted to know is the answer to this question, you are 100% free to go. Hopefully I’ve saved you a few hours of frustrating click bait videos and potentially hazardous spyware and adware download links. And while you’re here anyway, feel free to take a look at the 150+ videos all about recording and music creation.
However, if you’re curious to hear more about the back story and know why here is so much miscommunication and misdirection about his topic, stick around as I dive in to why it’s not possible, why so many people are trying to tell you it is possible, and some practical alternatives to GarageBand that you may want to check out.
Covered in this video:
1. Can you download and install Apple’s GarageBand software on a Windows PC? No, no you can’t.
2. Why people online will try to tell you that you CAN download and install GarageBand on a Windows PC (spoiler alert – it’s money)
3. Why Apple will never release GarageBand on the Windows platform
4. The one way some people tell you it can be done (installed OSX on a PC and making a “Hackintosh”
5. A couple of alternatives if you’re looking for something free/cheap to make music on a Windows PC (Audacity and Reaper)
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