Wednesday, March 30, 2005

iLife 05 has major flaw for Podcasters

I recently purchased Apple's new iLife '05 software for another project and decided to use the new version of GarageBand on my Mac to create my podcast. Suddenly I found that it has a major flaw that limits its usability for podcasting. Make that (in my opinion) MAJOR FLAW! It is documented on Apple's knowledge base. Other podcasters have also ran into this roadblock, it is a 999 measure limit that limits a song to about 30 minutes, maybe an hour with some hacking of the tempo settings. GarageBand is an application that is known as a podcasting tool. Why limit the tool this way? I think updates should be improved, not hobbled.


At 7:56 PM, Scott said...

Awe Steve, I thought this was just a quirky limitation on my G3 iBook. I've run into this horrible situation a few times with my Tokyo Calling podcast. When you reach that barrier at 4:30 am after 5 or more hours working on a show, it makes you want to shake your head in disbelief.

All I've been able to come away with it is to limit my productions to under 30 minutes. Ultimately, I think the listeners appreciate this.

Also, you could work in 20 - 30 minute chunks and layer the chunks together in Audacity.

I wonder if SoundTrack has the same time limitation.

At 11:38 AM, Steve Sloan said...

Set your Tempo to the lowest possible setting, I think that is 60. That will extend the number of measures per minute, and allow longer recording.


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