Garageband For PC: Download GarageBand On Your Windows & Mac

Garageband for PC has been the goal for many Windows music afficianados for many years. Unfortunately, Apple has limited their popular music mixing software Garageband to only Mac computers.


As many of you might know, Apple has an incredible application called GarageBand available on their computers and on the iPad. Unfortunately, Garageband is not available on Windows just yet, but there are ways around that.

Check out this guide to learn why Apple won’t release GarageBand for Windows, and to learn how to get GarageBand on your PC.

The reason that Apple is able to create products like the iPad is because we’ve always tried to be at the intersection of technology and the liberal arts. – Steve Jobs

What is GarageBand?

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For those who don’t know what GarageBand is, we will quickly go over it.

GarageBand is an application developed by Apple that allows you to create music and even podcasts. It was released in 2004 for the Mac and in 2011 for iOS devices. When GarageBand was released in 2004 for the Mac it was free and was part of a bundle with other apps called iLife. Over time it was made into a standalone application and you could purchase features for it, such as tutorial videos. When GarageBand was released for iOS devices it did cost $7 but in 2017 Apple made GarageBand free for iOS devices.

With GarageBand, you can create music with the different virtual instruments that are available in the app, and it also lets you record audio. You can also edit MIDI files and get music lessons with different videos and songs you can purchase.

After you finish recording you can also edit them and add unique mixes to your song. One really cool feature is that once you are done recording a song you can send it to a friend to get their input.

Will GarageBand Ever Be Released on Windows?


When you think about rivals, one of the biggest ones that pop up is the rivalry between Apple and Windows. They compete with computers, phones, mp3 players, and other devices. Apple bested Windows with phones, the Windows phone is on its way to its death and the iPhone is still doing very well in sales. With that in mind, the very few Apple applications available on Windows are iTunes and Safari. As some of you might know, launching iTunes on Windows is a massive pain. It is slow, laggy, and most time it crashes. Safari on Windows is alright but certainly not a go-to for those of us who browse the Internet.

With that being said, GarageBand is not available for Windows nor will it ever be. Apple is very protective of their iOS environment and will not let that go. As the Apple users out there know, the Apple ecosystem works incredibly well, Everything is perfectly tied together and works well together. They monitor and scrutinize any third party developers that affect their apps to make sure that their product works flawlessly. Therefore, Apple will not release GarageBand for Windows because they would have no way to monitor their product to make sure their ecosystem is intact. You can’t really blame Apple for wanting to keep their apps available only on their products since everything works so well together.

While GarageBand might not be available on Windows, that does not mean that you can’t use GarageBand on your Windows PC. Let’s cover them:


How to Use GarageBand on Windows

There are a few ways that you can get GarageBand on your Windows PC.

Trick 1: Use Google Chrome Remote Desktop

This trick will work only if you have a Mac computer, so if you do not go to the next trick below. This method involves downloading the Remote Desktop app for Google Chrome on both your Windows PC and your Mac. Here’s how:

  1. Make sure both your Mac and your PC have Chrome downloaded then install the Remote Desktop app on both (link can be found here)
  2. On your Mac launch Chrome and do a new tab and authorize Chrome Remote Desktop and agree to all the permissions the app needs
  3. Next, you will be prompted to share your computer, so click share and then make a note of the code given
  4. Now open Chrome up on your Windows and run Remote Desktop
  5. Agree to all the permissions needed and then enter the code you got from your Mac
  6. Hit connect and now you have access to your Mac computer

Now you can launch GarageBand from your Windows computer and use it like you would on your Mac. While Remote Desktop is a great app to use, it doesn’t help you out if you do not have a Mac to use GarageBand from. Here’s where the next trick comes into play.

Trick 2: Use an iOS Emulator

The second trick is to use an iOS emulator to be able to use GarageBand on your Windows computer. If you don’t know what an emulator is, that is alright. An emulator is a software that emulates (or imitates) another thing. In our case, we want software that emulates an iOS device (more specifically an iPad with the emulator we suggest) to be able to use programs made for iOS. While there are some iOS emulators out there, we recommend using the emulator iPadian (can be downloaded here). iPadian is really one of the few good iOS emulators out there because it is hard to get the coding correct for emulating an iOS device.

Once you install iPadian you can get GarageBand and any other apps you want and can use them straight from your Windows computer. Using an emulator might be nerve-racking but it is safe and legal to do, and it opens up more opportunities to have different apps on your computer.

Trick 3: Try GarageBand Alternatives

Since GarageBand is not natively available on Windows you might need to check out other alternatives. The best way to find good alternatives to GarageBand is to simply Google “GarageBand alternatives for Windows” and search through the different results. There are a lot of programs out there that are just as good, like LMMS (can be found here) that you can use and not even miss GarageBand.

Kate Broome

Kate Broome is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s degree in English and is currently working on getting her Masters of Arts in English at Southern New Hampshire University. She currently lives in Texas with her two pit bulls, Lennox and Bentley.

Cite this article as:
Kate Broome. Garageband For PC: Download GarageBand On Your Windows & Mac, Science Trends, 2018.
DOI: 10.31988/SciTrends.10257
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