Apple has released a new version of music creation app GarageBand compatible with the iPhone and iPod touch.

GarageBand for iPad was launched in March alongside the iPad 2, but Apple has now made the app available to owners of smaller iOS devices. Version 1.1 of GarageBand costs £2.99 in the App Store but is available for free or as a free update for existing GarageBand for iPad customers.

"GarageBand on iPad has been a big hit and we think customers will love using it on their iPhone or iPod touch," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.

"The innovative multi-touch interface combined with Smart Instruments makes it easy to create great sounding music, even if you've never studied music or played an instrument before."

Macworld's Christopher Breen said of GarageBand for iPad back in March: "This amazing tool, complete with eight track recording, easy-does-it interface, customisable and easily played virtual instruments, onboard loops, sampler, guitar amps and effects, drum machine and tuner may be the most inspiring musical iOS app I've ever used. And at a meager £2.99, it's an astonishing bargain. Musician or not, it's a must-have app."