The impact of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 has forced people into their homes in order to stop the spread. Unsurprisingly, that has led to plenty of bored individuals looking for ways to fill their time.
Now, Apple is giving everyone a chance to flex their creative muscles. The tech giant recently announced that two of its professional creative applications will be available for free for 90 days. Included in the “promotion” are Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X.
These are some of the best tools out there for video and music editing. The extended free trials will give curious users a great chance to try out the powerful software.
Let’s Get Creative
The opportunity to stay at home can be either positive or negative. Some are using it as a chance to explore a new hobby or get better at something they already enjoy. With the emergence of digital media in the past decade, learning to edit in post-production is a valuable skill.
Being able to practice within a $300 editing suite isn’t something that happens every day. However, it’s exactly what users can experience thanks to Apple’s generous free trial program.
Final Cut Pro X, Apple’s professional video editing software, normally costs $300. For the next 90 days, new users can access a free trial. The program’s previous free trial option was just 30 days, so the new extension is significant. Those who want to start a YouTube channel (or already have one) can benefit from the software’s extensive library of tools and features. It’s also great for editing short films, presentations, or any other type of video media.
Meanwhile, Logic Pro X, a music production suite, typically costs $200. Notably, this is the first time that Logic Pro X will have a free trial. For amateur musicians, 90 days is plenty of time to get comfortable with the software and maybe even produce an actual project.
It isn’t yet clear when Apple plans to make the free software available, but it should arrive sometime within the next few days. Users who find the programs helpful will have the option to purchase a license after the trial period expires.
Free Trials Galore
Apple’s creative professional suites are just two of the many programs being temporarily released for free in an effort to entertain homebound consumers. Several other companies have announced free trials of their software as well.
For instance, Fender is giving away three months of free guitar lessons on its Fender Play app to 100,000 users. That goes perfectly with the free trial of Logic Pro X.
Meanwhile, dozens of streaming services are offering extended trial periods of their live TV options and are opening up their libraries of on-demand content. At the same time, telecom providers are lifting data caps and gifting users free data to keep them connected while practicing social distancing.
For K-12 and college students who want to learn a new tech skill, Codecademy is offering 10,000 scholarships to its Pro plan for the rest of the school year.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic is a grim situation, it is also a great time to try something new while staying home. Thanks to free trials, consumers won’t have a shortage of things to discover.