I decided to compile all the links to free Apple Loops in a single post for convenience. Be sure to read the licenses for these loops, as they tell you what you're allowed to do with them. Also, if you found/made some nice free loops be sure to send me an email and I'll include them here. Anyway, go check out the free loops:
The good folks of iZotope, who make the fabulous iDrum plugin, have put out a free expansion for their XRB iDrum drumkit and loops collection. The good news is that XRB Free does not only feature 16 drumkits, but also 74 beats that are also rendered as Apple Loops. So you don't even need iDrum (it is a very nice drum machine thoug, you might want to pick it up). Nice!
- "Perimeter Sound Arts, a newcomer to the Apple Loops market, and iCompositions are offering the largest free Apple Loops package in history, containing 264 Apple Loops!" You can find the loops here, but as always you will have to have an account for the iCompositions website to grab the loops.
- Easy Sounds has two small Apple loop packs available on their free downloads page.
- "Tune-Up Mini Apple Loops collection, featuring OVER 100 original, high quality Apple loops available exclusively from MacJams.com."iCompositions website has four great loop collections on their site. A 50 Mb Drums on Demand set, the 200 MB AMG + iComposition collection, the Bandmates Free Loops (which includes 121 loops from instruments such as Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Drums and Percussion, Synths, and Electronic Drums), and the Power FX free loops are to be found in their free loops section
- Glaresoft's "resident mad breakbeat scientist, bit shift" put together a collection of free electro/breakbeat drum and synth loops from his forthcoming Apple Loops CD 'bitshift's bangin' beats'". You'll need to give them your Email adress, but they promise they won't spam you. It's worth it because the loops are breakalicious.
- Macidol has some links to free loops and samples.
- MacAudioGuy, the Author of the The MacAddict Guide to Making Music With GarageBand, has a 17 Mb Apple Loops package containing 18 loops on his site. It also looks like a pretty good book actually.
- Directions in Music has a very nice pack of drum and percussion loops played by Michael Blair (ex-Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Ryan Adams) and produce by Chris Bell. These are great for band/singer-songwriter oriented kind of stuff.