Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:39
Apple has already proclaimed 2003 the Year of the Laptop, so as the PowerPage’s Music & Audio Chief, I’m proud to announce 2003 as the Summer of Music. There’s never been a summer better for music lovers on any computer platform, ever. (Click headline for more)
Apple has already proclaimed 2003 the Year of the Laptop, so as the PowerPage’s Music & Audio Chief, I’m proud to announce 2003 as the Summer of Music. There’s never been a summer better for music lovers on any computer platform, ever. New slim iPods are hitting shelves. The iTunes Music Store is maxing out our credit cards with instant musical gratification. OS X is (finally!) a usable operating system for the first time, with Pro Tools and Digital Performer 4 now running on our machines and many other mature drivers and apps arriving in the last few months. (And by the end of the summer, the plug-in desert on X should start to look a lot better.)
And to top all of this, despite all that infighting between Apple and IDG, Macworld Expo, which now seems to be called Macworld CreativePro, is coming to one of the world’s greatest musical cities (and now iPod Capital of the World, thanks to our hours spent commuting on subways and hoofing it through the streets). The New York expo could be the first Expo ever to be really serious about music-making. Conference attendees will have a robust music technology track filled with classes, including one led by yours truly with a special guest appearance by DJ Jason O’Grady. We’ll try to plan some other outings to NY’s digital music events this summer, too, so I hope to see some of you in New York. And for the rest of you, we’ll bring the music love to you around the world here on the PowerPage.
So, if you just want to download your favorite tracks to your iPod, DJ your next party with some easy tools for beginners, put a PowerBook alongside your turntables at a club gig, write a violin concerto or a Broadway musical using powerful notation tools, or revolutionize digital music using next-generation interactive power tools, this is the summer for you. Throughout the summer we’ll have reviews and info, and I’ll finally be launching my companion site, musiconmac. Welcome to the Summer of Music on the Mac.
I’m soliciting story ideas for PowerPage’s summer of music and the long-delayed launch of my companion site for music, musiconmac.com, so please e-mail me with story ideas, upcoming concerts, and any other thoughts! -PK