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How to import Apple Music songs to GarageBand?


"I want to record a cover version of a song I downloaded via Apple Music, but can't find the sound file I need in GarageBand, even after I moved the file into the 'iTunes Media > Music' folder. Can someone please help me with this?" - user asked on Apple Communities.

Well, GarageBand makes it is to learn, play, record, create, and share your hits worldwide, you can use it to make music like a pro. You can import music and audio files into GarageBand on both Mac and iOS. However, Apple Music songs can't be imported directly due to the DRM protection.  To import Apple Music songs to GarageBand, you will need Ondesoft Apple Music Converter to remove Apple Music DRM and convert the songs to MP3.

Related: How to import Spotify music to GarageBand?

Ondesoft Apple Music Converter Features:

  • Automatically synchronize with iTunes Library
  • Download Apple Music songs to MP3, M4A, AC3, AAC, AIFF, AU, FLAC, M4R, MKA, WAV
  • Download Apple Music songs to 320kbps
  • ID3 tags preserved
  • Fast conversion speed

Part 1 Download Apple Music songs to MP3

Follow below steps to download Apple Music songs/albums/playlists to mp3 format first.

1. Download and Launch Apple Music Converter

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

Ondesoft iTunes Converters will load the whole iTunes library automatically. Make sure you have added the Apple Music songs, albums and playlists to Library. How to add songs, albums or playlists to your Library from the Apple Music catalog?

Apple Music converter

Apple Music converter

Windows version allows you to convert song segments instead of the whole song, you can set the start and end time for each song.

2. Select Apple Music songs to download

Click Music or playlist name from the left side, then choose the Apple Music songs you want to download to mp3. Click the top checkbox to select all songs in Music or playlist.

Apple Music to mp3

Choose a playlist.

Apple Music to mp3

3. Configure output settings

The default output format is mp3. You can also choose otheer formats: M4A, AC3, AAC, AIFF, AU, FLAC, M4R and MKA.

output format

Choose output song quality from Profile list: normal, high or low. Or customize bitrate and samplerate on the right side.

apple music format

4. Start to Convert

Click Convert button to start downloading selected Apple Music songs/playlists to MP3.

convert Apple Music to MP3

Part 2 Import the DRM-free Apple Music songs to GarageBand

Now you have the Apple Music songs in DRM-free format, you can import them to GarageBand just like other songs.

With your song open in GarageBand, do the following to import music.

1) Click the Media Browser button on the top right of the GarageBand window.

2) When the browser opens, choose either Audio or Movies at the top.

3) Expand the category you need, select a file, and drag it into your song.

Apple Music Converter

Apple Music Converter
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