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Open iPad GarageBand projects on your Mac Apps
Songs created with the iPad version of GarageBand can not be opened with the Mac version (at least not at the time of writing). I've found a kludgy workaround that will allow you to open at least part of your project on your Mac.

Basically you just need to edit the version number embedded in the project file. I've posted the full step-by-step details to my blog.

Here are the steps:
  • Right-click a project and select 'Show Package Contents.'
  • Find the projectData file and open it with the Plist Editor (or a text editor if you don't have the Developer Tools installed).
  • Find the version key with the value 45000 and change that to 40000.
  • Save the file.
That's it! The project will now open, albeit with a bunch of warning messages and certain things (some instruments and loops) may be missing. But recorded audio, track settings, etc. should all be there.

[crarko adds: I haven't tested this one. Hopefully Apple will have that update out soon.]
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Open iPad GarageBand projects on your Mac
Authored by: sarnau on Mar 28, '11 10:29:50AM

While it forces GB to open the song, don't do that, because you end up with a broken song if you continue working on it. The song will also sound different.

You also don't have any of the instruments, because GarageBand for iPad has a new synth, which is used for all synth sounds and also many samples for sampler based instruments are missing.

Plase wait for Apple to release an update!

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Open iPad GarageBand projects on your Mac
Authored by: aptmunich on Mar 29, '11 10:37:33PM

I mention the limitations in the blog post, but yeah that update can't come soon enough!

I just wanted a way to get my recorded audio off the iPad into a new GarageBand project on the Mac (I didn't use any synths) and for that purpose, this does the trick.

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Open iPad GarageBand projects on your Mac
Authored by: aptmunich on Apr 01, '11 01:50:00AM

Well that didn't take long: Apple has just posted an update that adds support for iPad projects to the Mac version of GarageBand:


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