I use Logic Studio to edit my podcasts. I listen to podcasts on my iPod, and listen to radio online via my iPhone. Without Apple, I wouldn’t be the podcaster I am today. I wouldn’t have as much fun editing my shows, or with as much ease. It wouldn’t be as easy to download podcasts without iTunes.
When I was searching for something to edit audio with 16 years ago, I tried Cubase, but it didn’t speak to me. I couldn’t afford Pro Tools. And Emagic’s Logic was… crap. It was geared towards MIDI sequencing, and for audio people like me, it wasn’t the easiest thing to use. I wound up using SAW, which by today’s standards, was laughable. I paid $250 for 8 MB of RAM. That isn’t a typo. MEGA-bytes. It was a dark time.
Now I use Logic Studio for my editing needs. I also have Pro Tools and Ableton Live, but I always go to Logic first. It’s the tool I know well, and I find it easy and fun to work with. I can do so much audio manipulation on my little studio, I barely know where to start. It all works, and works really well. I start up my studio laptop, fire up Logic, and start recording. I have a radio production studio that I can put in a messenger bag.
And if it weren’t for Steve Jobs, it might have happened, but probably not as well. The man had a vision, and the tenacity to execute that vision. Without him, where would we be? Where would those of us who use, abuse, and love the internet be without him? Where would we be without his ability to achieve that vision? Where would the world be?
Jobs will be remembered for a lot of things, and just like every human being, he was complex. He’s not going to be remembered as a perfect man, but he was a man of action. He got things done, and those things changed the world. People didn’t think he was on the right path, because he made a new path. He made amazing things that work in ways no one thought possible.
And the best thing I can do is take those things he created and make something of my own. A podcast, a blog, art. The influence Jobs and his vision had on me was pretty profound, even if I didn’t know it at the time.