Logic Pro and MainStage Headed to Mac App Store, Boxed Software Discontinued [Updated]

Apple today issued a notice to resellers announcing that it has discontinued the boxed versions of its Logic Studio and Logic Express audio software packages effectively immediately, also announcing that the Logic Pro 9 and MainStage 2 components will be moving to the Mac App Store for distribution. It does not appear that Apple will be offering the Soundtrack Pro 3 component of Logic Studio via the Mac App Store.

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A report from early September had claimed that Apple was finishing up work on Logic Pro X. The report also indicated that Soundtrack Pro would be discontinued as part of the update as it was with Final Cut update to Final Cut Pro X.

Today's notice to resellers specifically refers to "new" Logic Pro 9 and MainStage 2 coming to the Mac App Store, but it seems odd that Apple would simply move those apps to the Mac App Store while discontinuing Logic Express and Soundtrack Pro and without releasing more substantial updates to Logic Pro and MainStage to address the reworked packages.

Update: Logic Pro is priced at $199.99, down from $499; MainStage is $29.99. The Logic Pro pricing is a significant reduction from the current $499 Logic Studio price, echoing steep price drops on Apple's Final Cut Pro software when it moved to the Mac App Store and the discontinuation of Logic Express ($199).

Logic Pro is available for $199.99 on the Mac App Store [Direct Link], and MainStage is $29.99 [Direct Link].

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djrod Avatar
165 months ago
"Apple doesn't care about pros" post in 3,2,1...
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165 months ago
I am begining to think of the download versions of software as the premium and the box version as being an annoyance. Not needing to keep track of the media and the right to redownload is a good thing when you live in a place where houses all around you have a tendency to be destroyed by tornadoes, earthquakes and fires.

Unfortunately many people still have sub par internet connections even downloading 1gb can take more than 24 hours.
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165 months ago
can you please tell me how people are going to download around 40gig of content?????
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165 months ago


Hope for a substantial discount or I'll see if I can get an upgrade to a boxed copy.
I am begining to think of the download versions of software as the premium and the box version as being an annoyance. Not needing to keep track of the media and the right to redownload is a good thing when you live in a place where houses all around you have a tendency to be destroyed by tornadoes, earthquakes and fires.
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Luap Avatar
165 months ago
Well, logic express was on my christmas list.... can anyone advise on what I should do?!

Amazon.
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165 months ago
Logic X Retro

Logic X is going indie. It will feature 4-track cassette style recording with a brilliant sound emulation of your favorite cassette multitracks and you can even choose what brand of tape.

If users sell more than 10,000 copies of a track on iTunes, via iCloud, Logic will automatically upgrade you to the Adat pack. 48 tracks with harsh high end and 8 tracks dropping out of sync randomly throughout your session.

if you sell 100,000 copies you get upgraded to the, "I got a record deal" pack, which includes 96 tracks of 2" tape (that's 4 studer's!) the "virtual producer" pack that replays all the parts exactly how you didn't want them played and the "virtual A&R guy" who tells you your song sucks and it needs a stronger chorus and then takes 99% of your profits from iTunes and gives to some guy you'll never meet to spend it on a hookers and blow.
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