How to Use Apple Music Songs on iMovie on iPhone

Q: I often shoot great videos and use iMovie to cut them and create new masterpieces on my iPhone X. But I can't import the Apple Music songs to iMovie from iTunes as the background sound. Do I have to repurchase the songs from iTunes? Please help." - Question from Eliana Nelson

It could be well noted that Apple Music songs are DRM protected and cannot be used by iMovie. It aims to avoid unauthorized sharing and use. If you'd like to add DRM music to iMovie on iPhone, you need to unlock the limitations of Apple Music files.

DRmare Apple Music Converter can do it and help you add Apple Music to iMovie. Let's see how it works in the following article.

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Part 1. How to Use DRM Protected Songs in iMovie

DRmare Apple Music Converter for Windows/Apple Music Converter for Mac is one of the top software to break Apple Music limitations. With the help of it, you can use Apple Music on iMoive without a problem.

There are some reasons why I recommend it instead of other rival products. It is lossless, effective, and not complicated at all. You can't tell the difference between the audio files due to its lossless technology.

With the batch converting speed, to convert many encrypted songs to common MP3 files is a piece of cake. For more info about it, you can also visit the following feature description.

Best Apple Music to iMovie Converter

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  • Support kinds of audio files from iTunes, like music, audiobooks, podcasts
  • Convert M4P audios to MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC for iMovie, Final Cut Pro, After Effects
  • Keep lossless music quality and ID3 tags while running at 30X faster speed
  • Lifetime free update, technical support, rest assured about any technical issue

Part 2. How to Convert Apple Music for iMovie

Apple Music charges you $9.99/month. But it still doesn't allow you to add the songs to a video on iMovie. If you want to get songs on Apple Music for editing, you need a third-party tool. DRmare Software does work to download Apple Music songs to other files.

It works pretty well with all kinds of Windows and Mac systems including the latest macOS 10.15. Let's see how to use it to convert Apple Music to iMovie supported audio files.

Step 1Run DRmare Audio Converter
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Taken the Mac version as an example, you can download the softwarE. And then drag it into the Application folder and double click it to run. You will see the clean interface of it.
Note: DRmare software can't decrypt Apple Music files unless you downloaded and authorized them on iTunes. If you haven't done that, please go to the "For You" tab on iTunes, then you can click the "..." icon to add the tracks to iTunes. Click the "download" icon to back up the songs to your local computer.
Step 2Import DRM protected songs to DRmare software
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You can click the "Add" button at the bottom left, it will let you browse all the available files from iTunes. But the best and easiest way is to drag and drop the Apple Music files to the DRmare main screen directly.
Step 3Set Apple Music output format for iMovie
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There are 6 options you can select for the output format including MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, WAV, M4B. I'd suggest you choose MP3 as the target one. iMovie can support Apple Music MP3 songs seamlessly. You can personalize output parameters according to the different styles of movies you want to create. Also, it's able to adjust the playback speed, volume, pitch, and so on.
Step 4Remove DRM Protection from Apple Music Songs
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Now press the "Convert" button to start to convert the DRM protected M4P to MP3 or other plain formats. Once it is done, the output music files will be DRM free. They are the same as the ones you bought from iTunes or any other similar music store. It will save you thousands of dollars if you want to get a brunch of soundtracks. That is excellent, isn't it?

Part 3. How to Add DRM Music to iMovie on iPhone

iMovie supports many types of background music. It includes iMovie theme, iTunes songs, or tracks from other apps like Logic Pro X, GarageBand. Apple Music songs are common audio files. You can import it to iMovie for editing on your Macbook Air, iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone. Here I will show you how to add Apple Music to iMovie on iPhone.

Step 1. Connect iPhone to your computer via the lighting cable. You can choose the music files and click the "Sync" button to transfer the Apple Music files to iPhone.

Step 2. Launch iMovie on your iPhone > Open your project > Click "Add Media" button > Tab "Audio" menu.

Step 3. You can find the songs you want from the listed categories such as "Theme", "iTunes", "Imported". Here you can choose "iTunes" and then locate the very song you want.

Step 4. Preview the song and then tap the "Use" button to add it to your project and start to cut it from the iMovie. If the length of the music is shorter then your video's, the music will loop by default.

Besides that, you can also do the following things. You can add the audio from a video clip. You can add sound effects. Or you can record your own sound through a microphone for your iMovie. If you have any questions about cutting Apple Music on iMovie, please leave them on the comments below. I will answer it as soon as possible. I hope you enjoy editing.

Read More: Why You Can't Add DRM Music to iMovie on iPhone

iMovie is an easy and powerful editing tool with great features and effects. You can have a great touch for making movies on your iOS, macOS devices. With the AirDrop or iCloud Drive, you can even transfer your project from one device to another. Without a doubt, iMovie is the best free video editor for Apple Fans.

It's well-known that iMovie users can load iTunes M4A songs for use with ease. But for Apple Music, you will encounter the problem that the files are shown as unavailable. That is because Apple Music comes with digital right management protection. Except for playing on supported devices, you can't move it elsewhere for other purposes.

Besides, Apple Music songs are encoded in the M4P file format. If you are familiar with iMovie, you will know that Apple Music is not compatible with iMovie. Since iMovie can support the following audio formats, including MP3, WAV, M4A, AIFF, and AAC.

They are all the reasons why you can't use DRM protected songs on iMovie. If you don't want to miss the exclusive songs as the background music, you can refer to the above steps. It's easy to add Apple Music to iMovie on iPhone.