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Apple store change may hint at Logic Pro overhaul [Updated]

Apple Inc.'s online store has suddenly stopped offering a recent cross-platform update to the company's professional audio production software, leading to speculation that a complete overhaul of the software may be imminent.

A reader on Monday noted that the $49 Logic Pro 7.2 Crossgrade package —an update that delivers new features and Intel Mac support for users of PowerPC-native Logic Pro 7.0 or 7.1 —is no longer available for purchase at Apple's online shop.

The move may foreshadow plans by the Cupertino-based company to revamp the software in a sexy new outfit and under a new brand name, that is if recent rumors pan out.

Apple has four booths at this week's Musikmesse Frankfurt international trade fair for musical instruments, music software and computer hardware. And according to a French audio blog, it has invited local retailers to a briefing on the eve of March 26th, about one day before exhibits open to the German public.

It was that same blog site which last month helped stir rumors of a major Logic revamp, when it reported hearing rumblings that the professional audio application would be replaced with a completely new product that would only operate on Apple's upcoming Leopard operating system. At the time, the blog site speculated that Musikmesse would make an ideal fit for such an announcement.

The last major update to Logic from Apple came way back in September of 2004 when the company introduced both Logic Pro 7.0 and Logic Express 7.0

Update: Apple has similarly removed the Final Cut Pro Crossgrade product from its online store ahead of next month's National Association of Broadcasters conference, where it is widely expected to introduce Final Cut Pro 6.0.