How to add Apple Music songs to iMovie

iMovie allows you to add music, sound effects, and voiceover narration to your video project on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac. You can add audio files like M4A, MP4, MP3, WAV, and AIFF files stored on your device, in iCloud Drive, or in another location. On iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch you can add songs you've downloaded to your device in the Music app, your own custom songs created in an app like GarageBand or custom sound effects stored in iCloud Drive, on your device, or in another location.

In iMovie for Mac, you can drag audio files right into your timeline from the Finder. You can also use songs or other audio files from your music library and other locations using the media browser within iMovie.

However, you may find that you can't add songs downloaded from Apple Music to iMovie. This is because Apple Music songs are in DRM protected M4P format. If your Music library includes protected files, they are unavailable and do not appear in the browser. However if you can remove Apple Music DRM and rip Apple Music to MP3, you can then add the Apple Music songs to iMovie freely on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.

Here we will show you an easy drm removal tool for you to remove Apple Music DRM and convert Apple Music M4P songs to mp3 - Ondesoft Apple Music Converter, which is a professional DRM M4P to MP3 converter. Our helpful guide will walk you through the steps needed to download Apple Music songs to mp3 so you can add them to iMovie on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and your Mac.

Part 1 Steps to download Apple Music to MP3

1. Download and Launch Apple Music Converter

Download, install and launch Ondesoft Apple Music Converter on your Mac or Windows.

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2. Sign in your Apple Music account

Click the Sign in button and enter your Apple ID.

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3. Change output format(optional)

The default output format is lossless M4A. Ondesoft Apple Music Converter also supports converting Apple Music to MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV and AIFF. You can also customize output file name with any combination of title, artist, album, playlist index and track ID.

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4. Select music

Follow the on-screen instructions to choose the playlist or album you want to convert.

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Click Add songs.

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5. Start Conversion

By default, all songs in the playlist/album will be checked. If there are songs you don't want to convert, please uncheck the box. Then click Convert button to start downloading songs to the format you choose.

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After conversion, click below folder icon to quickly locate the downloaded songs.

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After conversion, locate the DRM-free Apple Music songs and then you can add them to iMovie.

Part 2 Add downloaded Apple Music MP3 songs to iMovie

On your Mac

You can drag DRM-free Apple Music songs from the Finder and the Desktop right into the timeline of your iMovie project. Or use the media browser within iMovie to locate the Apple Music songs.

Add downloaded Apple Music songs to iMovie using the media browser

  1. Open your project and click Audio at the top of the window, then click Music in the Libraries list, then browse selections.
  2. Drag the song you like from the media browser to the timeline.

Drag Apple Music songs into the iMovie project timeline

You can drag downloaded Apple Music songs from the Finder right into the timeline of your iMovie project. Drag files to the music well for background music, or drag the file under a particular clip to attach the audio file to the video clip. iMovie supports M4A, MP4, MP3, WAV, and AIFF files.

On your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

Sync the songs to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch from Mac or Windows. With your project open in the timeline, tap the Add Media button . Tap Audio - My Music, then tap Files. Tap a song to preview it. To add the song to your project, tap the plus button next to a song. The song is added at the bottom of the project timeline, starting at the beginning of your project.

Free trial version allows you to convert 3 minutes of each song, to get the full version, please purchase a license.

If you want to convert Spotify to MP3 , try Ondesoft Spotify Music Converter .

Features of Ondesoft Apple Music Converter:

Built-in Apple Music web player
Ondesoft Apple Music Converter features built-in Apple Music web player. Once logged in your Apple Music account, you can easily browse and select any songs, albums and playlists you want to download.

Customize profile settings
Apple Music to MP3 converter allows you to customize Codec, Bitrate, Sample rate and Channels of the output file. Also you may save them as custom profile for future use.

Fast Conversion Speed
The conversion speed can be as fast as 16X and you are free to set it as you desired.

Search Function
The powerful search function enables you to quickly find Apple Music tracks you need according to name, artist and album.

Customize file name format
Output file name can contain Title, Artist, Album, TrackID and DiskID and you are free to customize it as you like.

Save ID tags
ID tags such as song name, Artist name, Album, Album artist, Genre and Artwork will be saved to the output MP3 and M4A files.

Batch conversion
Batch conversion allows you to convert as many Apple Music tracks as you want at a time.

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