Steve Jobs today introduced the Apple iPad, a handheld multitouch computer, and it’s likely to be the biggest music technology introduction of the year.

The iPad will be immediately useful as a musical tool, because it runs existing iPhone apps. As developers adapt their apps to the larger real estate, though, the Apple iPad should come into its own as a platform.

Pricing in USD:

  • Wifi models

    • 16GB – $499
    • 32GB – $599
    • 64GB -$699
  • 3G models

    • 16GB – $629
    • 32GB – $729
    • 64GB -$829

Look at what has been happening with the JazzMutant Lemur as a malleable music controller and what has already been happening with iPhone music apps, and it’s clear that music developers are going to have fun with the Apple iPad.

Take that as a starting point – day 1 for the Apple iPad as a music platform.

The iPad won’t replace the power of a dedicated music computer – but it is creating a new platform that will support new types of mobile music making and new ways of controlling and playing music.

And, while think the iPad is going to prove to be a big deal – we’d like to know what Apple has planned for multitasking, file management, access to the iTunes library, third-party device support and more.

Check out the specs for the Apple iPad and let us know what you think.

Is this thing going to change the way you make music this year?

Apple iPad Features:

  • 9.7″ Full capacitive multitouch screen
  • .5″ thick
  • 1 GHz Apple A4 processor
  • 16GB-GB Flash storage
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • WiFi 802.11n
  • Built-in speaker, microphone, 30-pin connectors
  • Accelerometer
  • Compass
  • 10 hour battery life in use
  • Runs all iPhone apps
  • 3G wireless options, with a $30/month unlimited plan, with international options by the summer.