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A workhorse with everything you need.
I have been a Mac guy for a while now. My earliest experiences with Apple computers was probably in my sophomore year of college when I was dabbling with the idea of going into multimedia production, music, graphics and web. At the time, the iMac G4 existed, but it didn't have the power we needed to run the apps required to complete our projects, so our school outfit the entire mixing lab with G4 towers (I think mirror doors at the time). These machines were great, but they had too many peripherals to go with them, keyboard, mouse, speakers, etc. It wasn't until the G5 iMac, and ultimately the Intel iMac, that I was truly sold. My memory eludes me now, but I want to say around 2006 I switched to iMac as my main platform for ALL my work, be it music or otherwise, and I haven't looked back once. Since that first G5, I have had 5 iMacs, AND plan to get a new one in the next few months. As long as you max these babies out when you purchase them, they are VERY comparable machines and can take a beating year after year after year. I'm currently writing this on a late 2013 iMac, that is STILL my main machine for every single project I take on. Being as I have gotten more into 3D work lately (remember that multimedia comment earlier, SMH) the resources I need to complete jobs in a timely manner does require me to get a new machine, but if I was strictly doing audio work, this thing would still be perfect for the job. I have entertained the idea of getting and iMac Pro, but since the recent updates to the iMac 27" product line, I think I'm going to stick with what I know best. 5 out of 5. - JF
Base Model Does Its Job
It handled its job fairly well for the workload I have a 2014 model. But, I would suggest for music and if you have multiple tasks going on the go with 27in, 8 i9 core, 32GB, and 1-2TB of SSD for down the road. You can also expand memory. I got it more to work with school and garageband. If you upgrade to Logic Pro or ProTools then dont get a base model even if you dont use tons of tracks you may go plugin crazy that will pull it down. Lucky the newer models are stronger and faster.