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Share Your GarageBand Songs and Podcasts

After you finish your song, you can play it whenever you like through GarageBand. But you can also share your music with others with an audio CD or download it to your iPod so that you can enjoy it yourself while walking through the mall!

iTunes to the rescue! GarageBand can share the music you make through the digital hub that is your MacBook.

Create MP3 and AAC files and ringtones with GarageBand

You can create an MP3 or AAC file (or even an iPhone ringtone, or a FaceTime ringtone for your iPad and iPod touch) from your song or podcast project in just a few simple steps:

  1. Open the song that you want to share.

  2. Choose Share→Send Song to iTunes.

    To create a ringtone and send it to iTunes, choose Share→Send Ringtones to iTunes.

  3. Click in each of the four text boxes to type the playlist, artist name, composer name, and album name for the tracks you create.

    You can leave the defaults as they are, if you prefer. Each track that you export is named after the song’s name in GarageBand.

  4. Click the Compress Using pop-up menu and choose the encoder GarageBand should use to compress your song file.

    The default is AAC, but you can also choose MP3 encoding for compatibility with a wider range of devices.

  5. Click the Audio Settings pop-up menu to select the proper audio quality for the finished file.

    The higher the quality, the larger the file. GarageBand displays the approximate file size and finished file information in the description box.

  6. Click Share.

After a second or two of hard work, your MacBook opens the iTunes window and highlights the new (or existing) playlist that contains your new song.

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Send GarageBand podcasts to iWeb or iTunes

If you’ve prepared a new podcast episode in GarageBand, you can send it automatically to iWeb or iTunes by following these steps:

  1. Open the podcast that you want to export to iWeb.

    Make sure that the Podcast track is displayed. If necessary, click Track→Show Podcast Track to display it.

  2. Choose Share→Send Podcast to iWeb (or Share→Send Podcast to iTunes).

  3. Click the Compress Using pop-up menu and choose the encoder that GarageBand should use to compress your podcast file.

    Your choices are AAC and MP3 format.

  4. Click the Audio Settings pop-up menu to select the proper audio quality for the finished file.

  5. Click Share.

Burn an audio CD of your GarageBand Tracks

Ready to create a demo CD with your latest GarageBand creation? Follow these steps to burn an audio disc from within GarageBand:

  1. Open the song that you want to record to disc.

  2. Choose Share→Burn Song to CD.

  3. Load a blank disc into your optical drive.

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