One of the best things to ever come out of apple in my opinion would have to be garage band, it allowed people to spend very minimal amount of money to do what a sound engineer and a many thousands of dollar recording studio could do.
Just about every small band or muso around the world use this excellent piece of software to record and edit their works. it has essentially become the standard for cheap broke bastards such as myself to fiddle and record music. Recently I picked up an ipad, the device itself is excellent from the moment you open the packaging you can see exactly where your money has gone. The build quality is beyond anything anyone else is making.
The first app I purchased for my ipad was garage band, when you see the adds on the television they show you all these cool apps but the one thing that stood out for me was that you could play an instrument on your ipad now this is a great idea if you are on the train and you cannot pull out your 10kg worth of bass guitar and start strumming it much to the annoyance of other peak hour commuters. now admittedly the garage band for the ipad is a cut down version of what you have on your apple mac. but the idea of being able to compose your music seemed like an excellent selling point to purchase this five buck app.
now the app itself does everything advertised. You can record music from an in built mic, you can tune your guitar, you can even attach a device and plug your guitar directly into the ipad. What it does not tell you is that you only have access to the first eight frets on the bass! this is a real frustration. Understandably there is a limitation of space/size on the screen, but even a drag function would of been helpful, it is a real shame that you cannot get up to the twelfth fret on the guitar it would of made it a much more usable tool to compose pieces or practice songs.
but what can I say really.. the app cost five bucks.