How to Import Songs from Apple Music to GarageBand

GarageBand for Mac and iOS are my first option of a music creation studio. With it, it couldn't be easier to create, mix, record, and share music. But these days, I found out a feature it needs to improve. I tried to record a unique version of a song in Apple Music with GarageBand. Yet it seems I can't import a song from Apple Music to GarageBand.

After some investigation, I found some important points that I missed. This is not too surprising that it's not able to connect Apple Music in GarageBand. Because protected songs cannot be imported to Garageband. Songs purchased from iTunes are unprotected, while Apple Music is the opposite.

If it's necessary to edit songs in GarageBand from Apple Music, please use DRmare Apple Music Converter to unlock Apple Music limitations and convert them to GarageBand fully compatible audio files. Here, we will share the successful experience of doing it.

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Part 1. Convert Apple Music for Using on GarageBand

DRmare Apple Music Converter is specialized in removing protection from encrypted Apple Music. It will convert Apple Music tracks to kinds of plain audio files supported by GarageBand. It works at 10X faster conversion speed while breaking the lock. With the help of this tool, it's able to play and edit Apple Music in all music editing software. Faster conversion speed, high-quality output files, and various formats make it one of the professional Apple Music converter in the market.

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  • Easy to use interface, batch convert your audio files automatically
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  • Archive your music by albums or artists, keep everything organized

Now let me show you how does it work to convert Apple Music to MP3 before using on GarageBand.

Step 1Import downloaded Apple Music M4P songs
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To convert the Apple Music, you need to download and authorized them to your iTunes library first. Then you can click "Add Files" button or drag & drop the M4P music files from iTunes to DRmare.
Step 2Choose a common audio format
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Because GarageBand supports many formats of audio files. Usually you just need to choose a format in the support list. Here I'd highly recommend you to keep the default MP3 format. To make songs more personalized, you can set the other parameters. Audio Codec, Channel, Sample Rate, Bit Rate, etc. are available for customization.
Step 3Start converting Apple Music for GarageBand
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You can select the output folder and click the "Convert" button from the bottom right. Within 1 click, all the songs you imported will be converted quickly. Please make sure you don't connect any external speakers or other devices. Else it may affect the software from converting.

Part 2. How to Import Songs from Apple Music to GarageBand on Apple Devices

Now, Apple Music is no protection, like iTunes music purchases. ou You can feel free to use the converted MP3 Apple Music anywhere including GarageBand.

With iCloud support, it is possible to start a song on GarageBand from one Apple device and continue to edit it from another one. For example, you can start sketching your song on your iPhone and then continue to edit it on your Mac when you are home. The following are the quick tips on how to upload Apple Music to GarageBand for Mac and GarageBand for iOS.

Add Apple Music to GarageBand for Mac

1. Launch GarageBand on Mac, you will see the main screen.

2. From the top right corner, please click the "Media Browser" button. It will show you a list of sources where you can import music files such as iTunes, local computer folder and so on.

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3. Click the local computer folder option and then import and cut the converted Apple Music MP3 songs to GarageBand.

Import Apple Music to GarageBand for iOS

Similarly, you can import songs to your iPhone, iPad like Mac computers. But you have to sync the music files from iTunes to the iOS devices first.

1. Import the MP3 audio files to the iTunes library. And turn on the option of "iCloud Music Library" by clicking "Edit" > "Preferences" >"General" tab. Then the songs can be accessed from any Apple devices. Please make sure you check the box of the 'iCloud Music Library" on your iPhone and iPad.

2. Launch GarageBand for iOS, and then click the "Tracks View" > "Loop Browser" icon. Just hit on the 'Music' tap, and it will show you the songs which are available to import. Just pick up the one you like to import.

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That is all. It's your time to use Apple Music in GarageBand. Hope you enjoy creating hit songs on GarageBand.

Video Demo: How to Add Apple Music to GarageBand

Part 3. What Is GarageBand - Detailed Introduction

GarageBand is a line of digital audio workstations for creating music or podcast on Apple devices. It comes as part of the iLife software suite on Mac. For iPhone, iPad, iPod users can also download the GarageBand for iOS for free.

It has great features of audio recording, virtual software, guitar features, MIDI editing, music lessons. The best part of GarageBand is that it comes with a lot of pre-made MIDI keyboards, loops, a serial of instrumental effects.

You can mix multiples audio effects songs easily with different formats such as MP3, M4A, AAC, WAV, CAF, AIFF, and so on. No matter with the instrument or not, you won't encounter any problem of creating and sharing human-sounding tracks.

Today, it gets a new feature as GarageBand works with Apple Music. You can import songs from Apple Music to GarageBand for mixing without a limitation. If you are an Apple fan, you should definitely give the GarageBand a try. It is easy to learn, play, record your hits like a pro especially with the Touch Bar features of Macbook Pro. And the shape-shifting controls make it easy for you to tweak the sounds.