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Q. Why is version 6 of GarageBand still on my computer? Should I keep it?


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A. With the initial version 10 release of GarageBand, it is our recommendation that, at least for now, you should retain version 6... there's a reason installing version 10 does not automatically delete/replace version 6 (version 6 is simply moved into a folder within your Applications folder).

Certain features that version 6 offered are no longer available in version 10. The most obvious include: No podcasting tools; no Magic GarageBand; and not having every effect available at the same time on every type of track. For some users, these are mission critical features, and keeping version 6 available means having those features available if a certain project is likely to require them.

Keep in mind that deleting the GarageBand application will only free up a small amount of hard drive space; the majority of space is used by the loops and instruments (quite a few gigabytes!), not by the app itself. At the very least, if you are determined to delete GarageBand version 6 ('11) from your computer, save a copy on a backup disk so that you can put it back on your computer if at some time in the future you find you need one of its features.
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GarageBand from Apple Computer uses audio loops and MIDI loops in Apple Loops format. It can work with Audio Units plug-ins. Apple Macintosh Compatible FireWire and USB interfaces can be used to connect Audio and MIDI instruments to your Mac, and be recorded into GarageBand.

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