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GarageBand: ExpansionPacks and JamPacks

Are they safe to upload? Apple no longer sells (nor can I find them anywhere but obscure and possibly fraudulent retailers)

Related question: do they even work with the latest version of GarageBand? - if not, all signs point to abandonment

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Logic Studio shipped with most of the Jam Packs. I haven't compared its content with the full list of Jam Packs to see if those three DVDs happen to contain everything.

It looks like there were six Jam Packs. Jam Pack 1, Rhythm Section, Symphony Orchestra, Remix Tools, World Music, and Voices.

It would be nice to have the original disks. I believe they were all released within 2005-2007, which would be well within the safe range of the ten year rule.

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If you install a current version of Garage Band or Logic you can download them all for free from the user interface. So yes, I believe they are fully compatible with all versions of Garage Band.

I have them all in their original format if there is interest in them.

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My vote would be to upload them here, unless they are exactly the same content as the JamPacks of:

http://macintoshgarden.org/apps/logic-studio

Related issue: the AMG ExpansionPacks; is this content included in the Logic Studio content? My guess would be no ...

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Sounds good.

Don't let redundancy stop you! Logic Studio has the same Soundtrack Pro content as Final Cut Studio 2, Final Cut Express HD has the same LiveType 2 content as Final Cut Studio 2, and the patches are kind of all over the place between multiple Apple Pro apps and Studio bundles.

My one suggestion is to keep the GarageBand Jam Packs in their own entry. Either all the disks in one GarageBand Jam Packs entry or one entry per GarageBand Jam Pack.

Trying to add them to say, an existing GarageBand or iLife entry will get messy and make them hard to find later.

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I take no position on the uploading as I’m not a good authority to take such a position. That being said let’s assume somebody does upload them. The installers on them are kinda twirky at best...some install to /Libray/Application Support/GarageBand and others install to /Library/Audio/Apple Loops

I won’t even get started on my thoughts about indexing the loops that these installers place. I had to maintain this collection in labs back in the day and at the time, we couldn’t afford Logic Pro. I gave up and repackaged the installers and the various indexes myself to be predictable.

That being said when we got Logic Pro, I used the installers from it and they were consistent. I’ve never looked back at those old discs. If someone uploads them great, but consider copyrights and the royalty free status that come with these installers as part of properly licensed software. In this case you are not just worried about the software media licensing but the royalty licensing that comes with it. Every single one of those Jam Packs are still available as part of a modern day properly licensed Logic Pro install.