Apple is turning consumer culture into producer culture, says USA Today

A report in the newspaper says that following the deal to supply HP with rebranded iPods, the prestige of Apple's iPod will only rise. "I can just imagine how the cash registers will be ringing come next Christmas", says author Gene Steinberg.

Steinberg adds: "Some day – some day soon – you will hear a number-one hit recording created and produced in GarageBand. This may seem unbelievable, considering that it's part of an application suite that costs a mere $49. But consider what The Beatles could do with four-track recording back in the 1960s.

"With talent, you can make miracles, and GarageBand may be just the ticket to make it happen for one of you."

"Apple is facing the music, and we will all reap the benefits," the report concludes.