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 easy 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 even though they can be downloaded within the Apple Music app. To import Apple Music songs to GarageBand, you will need a professional tool such as  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/Apple Music Library
  • Download Apple Music songs to MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, WAV and AIFF
  • 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 Apple Music Converter on your Mac or Windows.

Apple Music Converter


2. Sign into your Apple Music account

Click the Sign in button and enter your Apple ID.

Apple Music Converter


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.

Apple Music Converter

Click Add songs.

Apple Music Converter


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.

Apple Music Converter

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

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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.

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Apple Music Converter
Download Apple Music songs, albums, playlists to MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, WAV and AIFF.

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