Music Events, Media Converters, and GarageBand

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As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, we're now producing episodes of the Macworld Podcast each and every week. This gives us the freedom to experiment with the format, keep on top of current events in the Apple and technology worlds, and produce shorter episodes when they seem warranted.

With all that in mind, I break away from the usual interview format and instead, monologue about a few things on my mind. Those things include Apple and its autumn music event, Chinese media converter spam, and the wonders of GarageBand.

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Show Notes

A couple of story links from the first monologue: Apple purchases Lala music service and my first look at the Rdio music streaming service.

I named names in regard to those media converters companies and brands that have spammed our forums recently. If you have an aversion to spammers and the wares they peddle, here's a handy list of companies to avoid:

* 4Easysoft

* 4Media

* 4Videosoft

* AirproSoft

* Aiseesoft

* Aunsoft

* AVAide

* AVCWare

* Brorsoft

* Cucusoft

* Daniusoft

* iFunia

* iMacSoft

* iSkysoft

* Joboshare

* Mac DVD Ripper Soft

* Topmediasoft

* Wondershare

* Xilisoft

You should take any recommendation you find in a forum or on a questionable Website for this kind of software with a very large grain of salt. These and similar companies have saturated the Web with this kind of loathsome advertising and it's often difficult to discern the truth. Generally speaking, if one of these utilities is packaged in a very generic looking "box" and has a cartoonish interface (or looks like it was ported from Windows), avoid it like the plague. It's a poorly designed tool that performs a job you could do far more easily (and less expensively) with something like HandBrake, RipIt, VideoMonkey, or one of a handful of Firefox extensions.

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And finally, there are ways to learn an instrument with your Mac other than GarageBand. See Learn to Play an Instrument for other resources.

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