I am gradually realizing that a portable, simple tool for music work might be just what I need. And - gasp - that an Ipad would be the ideal platform. I'm a lifetime PC guy, but it seems like garageband and probably a few apps I don't even know about, and the tablet form factor, might be just the ticket. I'm imagining a dedicated device for music use, KISS principle. Honestly, half of the reason for doing this is that I want to spend less of my life tethered to a desk and PC, because I CAN do almost all of it with what I've got currently. But right now my musical life is spread amongst three computers and my phone - not convenient or organized, and I have learned that simplicity and conveneince are one way to get more and better practice in. Uses: 1. Practice - play along with tracks out of spotify, or slowed down / pitch modified tracks using garageband or another app. Use Truefire app, and BIAB-type app as study aids in addition to metronome etc. apps 2. Songwrting - a portable and simple interface like garageband would probably simplify songwriting, and allow me to easily work on a song in different locations etc. 3. More-professional recording - I have a PC with a good setup for this, but I still might find it handy to have a simple and portable setup for recording demo-type tracks. I'm not talking about anything fancy. Couple of questions - 1. How old and cheap of an ipad can I get that will still do all of this? And is some of it not do-able on certain flavors of ipad, like ipad air or ipad mini? Is there a good solid reason to buy the cheapest brand new one ($349, not a budget buster)? 2. Can you think of any reasons NOT to do this, to go another route? Maybe there is a killer android App I'm missing out on. 3. One thing that makes me super wary of giving Apple a dime is how they make everything that they can proprietary. Does Garageband etc. allow exporting to mp3? Just one example I can think of, but you know what I mean. 4. Any apps I should be aware of? Thanks! Sorry for the mega post.