Apple opens two Indian 'Mac Labs' teaching music production with Logic Pro X

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Apple's head of internet software and services, Eddy Cue, appeared in Mumbai, India today to announce the launch of two "Mac Labs" for KM Music Conservatories, an institution founded by musician A.R. Rahman.

The labs, based at KMMC's Chennai and Mumbai campuses, will teach students how to make music using Logic Pro X, Apple's digital audio workstation software. At today's event in Mumbai, Cue appeared alongside Rahman and simultaneously announced plans for Apple to fund 10 full-time scholarships for students from poor backgrounds.

In a statement Rahman said that he's been a "loyal" Logic Pro user for over 20 years. Apple notably attached its initiatives to Apple Music, despite that being an on-demand music service separate from the division responsible for Logic.

The company has been pursuing a greater footprint in India, including local iPhone production, an App Accelerator, and possible retail stores. Local sourcing rules have so far prevented Apple from setting up first-party retail, but there's a chance the company could win exemptions in that area as well as others, like taxes.

Logic Pro X has received relatively little publicity from Apple in recent years. The company's last big announcement came in January, when it updated the software with Touch Bar support for the MacBook Pro, as well as other features like "Track Alternatives" and deeper integration with GarageBand for iOS.