Apple today announced that Soundtrack, its royalty-free music production tool previously available only with Final Cut Pro 4, will be available in August as a standalone product for US$299. Soundtrack includes more than 4,000 royalty-free, professionally-recorded audio loops and sound effects, “giving creative professionals such as video editors, DVD authors and Web developers a powerful and easy-to-use tool to create high-quality music scores.” Soundtrack also ships with over 30 professional, high-quality audio plug-ins from Apple and Emagic.