New York, NY (April 21, 2021)—Mobile music-creation platform BandLab has caught up to GarageBand in mobile downloads, according to data from SensorTower. The app, available for Android and iOS, was installed more than 1.2 million times in March 2021 according to SensorTower, while GarageBand saw 1M installs.
CEO Meng Ru Kuok noted, “We have an easy-to-use product that encompasses recording, mixing, mastering, and sharing tracks. GarageBand is massive, incorporating numerous tools aimed at a variety of different types of users. But complex and technical doesn’t always mean better for all creators. Our focus is on user experience and creativity at its most elemental.”
Many iOS devices come with GarageBand pre-installed, so these numbers do not reflect total devices with GarageBand installed. However, BandLab is available for Android devices, a market of users who cannot access Apple’s iOS-only app. In the US, its biggest market, it has outpaced GarageBand, even on its home turf, the App Store.
It works across devices, using real-time updates and version control like Google Docs instead of static files. Users can edit on one device, then switch to another, fork multiple versions, and collaborate it in real time on the web app version. Other features include musician-created royalty-free beats, samples, and loops; vocal presets, special audio effects, and noise reduction.
BandLab • www.bandlab.com