Audiobus: Use your music apps together.
What is Audiobus? — Audiobus is an award-winning music app for iPhone and iPad which lets you use your other music apps together. Chain effects on your favourite synth, run the output of apps or Audio Units into an app like GarageBand or Loopy, or select a different audio interface output for each app. Route MIDI between apps — drive a synth from a MIDI sequencer, or add an arpeggiator to your MIDI keyboard — or sync with your external MIDI gear. And control your entire setup from a MIDI controller.Download on the App Store
Audiobus is the app that makes the rest of your setup better.
OT: Jony Ive leaving Apple
As a designer, this was siginificant news for me this morning. It was the Jobs-Ive 'partnership' which paired daring breakaway innovation with ultra-high aesthetic standards and made Apple such a divergent in the tech industry.
Now both are gone it seems that the operational side of the company is fully in charge. To hammer that home, both remaining design leads now report into the COO of Apple, instead of a CDO.
To me that indicates a strategic desicion towards becoming a services-dominant company where hardware becomes secondary. I suppose that's a sign of the times, but it also marks the end of an era I found really exciting and inspiring.
Services (as convenient as they may be in our lives) just don't evoke the same emotional resonance with me as a beautiful object that brings magical new possibilities, like the first iPhones did.
On a positive note: I hope this marks the beginning of a more sustainable era where our products remain useful for much longer, since the value for Apple's shareholders is selling the services instead of annual hardware refresh cycles.