Apple iLife '04 [Old Version]
|Price:||$90.00 + $3.99 shipping|
- Includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, and GarageBand music application
- Use iLife to have more fun with digital media
- Easily create professional-quality slideshows, music, movies, and DVDs
- Seamless integration--iLife applications work together better than ever before
- Single installer that updates all existing iLife applications
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Key features include:
- The latest application releases: iLife includes powerful new versions of iPhoto, iMovie, and iDVD, as well as the latest release of iTunes and the new GarageBand music creation app.
- Seamless integration: The iLife applications now work together better than ever before. iMovie accesses iTunes and iPhoto media libraries, and it can output projects directly to iDVD.
- Single installer: iLife features a single installer that updates all existing iLife applications.
Top Customer Reviews
This program is to music creation what PageMaker was to desktop publishing, lo those many years ago. Unfortunately, that means that everyone with a Mac will now become a 'composer,' but that sort of power-to-the-people freedom is great, in my opinion.
Important note: if you buy it, make sure you immediately install the Garage Band update (version 1.0.1?), which is available at the Apple site. It clears up several issues in the initial release.
One other important note: This program is a total resource hog! You need a fast G4 or G5 processor and at least 512MB of RAM. It also helps if you have a faster hard drive.
(By the way, to the other reviewer who couldn't rename tracks: sure you can. Simply click on the instrument in question, click the "I" button and choose "save instrument." This allows you to rename the track. You can even rename regions within a track. Click on the region and rename it in the name window in the lower left-hand corner of the main window.)
iPhoto is a true gem but with versions 1 and 2 it suffered from horrendous performance hits as soon as your image library broke the 2000-2500 barrier. Not so anymore. iPhoto fly's with my 3500 image library. With it's organizational abilities and it's integration with Mail, .Mac, iMovie and iDVD, iPhoto is clearly the standard in consumer digital image cataloging apps.
Both iDVD and iMovie received nice upgrades as well. Both are much snappier and responsive on my Mac and both have also included new themes (in iDVD) and transitions/titles in iMovie. I really love iDVD's new Map and Status tab. Very handy indeed! The slide show creation tool in iDVD is very much improved as well and makes creating a professional slide show presentation a breeze.
One problem I had with iMovie was the speed when rendering transitions and titles. That's not a problem anymore. As I mentioned earlier there are plenty of new goodies to play with as well like the "Far, Far away" title effect.
For me iPhoto, iMovie and iDVD are the most important of the iLife 04 apps and all three received major upgrades in performance as well as additional goodies. I already had the latest iTunes and we all know that's the best in class as well so I won't talk about that.
GarageBand is the big "Oooh Aaah" addition to the suite. It really doesn't do much for me but that's just because I have little interest in creating music from canned loops. That's not to say that it isn't a great app.Read more ›
One warning, however, is in order. GarageBand is a full-fledged music studio that not only comes with a sizeable library of loops (from which you can construct songs), but also records real and digital instruments--along with amazing and flexible effects. However, you'll need a very powerful processor to keep up with this software. On a weaker machine, you'll run out of tracks if you try to make something complex. You also need a DVD-playing drive to install it. I'd recommend, at a minimum, a G4 Mac with a processor running at no less than 1 gHz. I wouldn't recommend it for a PowerBook or iBook.
These wonderful programs--except for iTunes, which you can download for free anyway--do not run on PCs--Macs only. And nothing for the PC even comes close.
Then, there is GarageBand. It may not be the most necessary piece of software ever, but it certainly is the coolest. I managed to create a short song in less than an hour. Me! I can't make music with anything resembling an instrument. Apparently though, I can produce music. The ease with which the program works is astounding. Adding new loops is as easy as click and drag.
The minor complaint here, at full screen GarageBand eats memory. My iBook starts to scream in pain when I open the program. On a G5 or my G4 iMac it works great though. You can ease the memory requirements by using less screen space for the program, but it only eases the issues, doesn't resolve it.
Also, considering that Apple just made us buy the program to begin with last year, an upgrade option for those of us who did would be nice. At least they kept it at a fairly reasonable price though.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Easy to install. I wanted to get acquainted with Digital Audio recording, so GarageBand was a low investment starting point. Read morePublished on April 18, 2014 by Dana Bigelow
I ended up not using the early version of Garageband that was in this release, but briefly I did manage to get it working on an older Beige PPC.Published on November 30, 2013 by Robby
This program is great for older Macs, and I am loving the heck out of it. It has given my computer an extended life range.Published on July 11, 2012 by CrazyCrow
It is unfortunate that as we move forward with today's technology, that there are some software programs that won't work on older machines. Read morePublished on January 24, 2011 by M. Turri
First of all, it helped me to become familiar with
the MAC system since I've devoted all of my life
and experience to PC products. Read more
iLife '04 is advertised by Apple as being a suite of software packages: iTunes, iMovie, Garage Band, and iPhoto. Read morePublished on June 4, 2009 by H. Grant
The newest versions of iLife don't work on my older 800Mz iMac, and I don't plan to edit video anyway. Read morePublished on April 18, 2009 by Dakota Shopper
Apple iLife '04 [Old Version] It was my fault that this did not work in my computer.Published on January 8, 2009 by Dr. Fu Manchu