How to Add Apple Music to iMovie for Setting It as Background Music

March 10, 2020Andrew Miller

iMovie is a powerful video editing application to edit your movies. You can use it to cut clips, overlay titles, add transitions, reverse videos, and more. If you have ever used it, you must know you are able to add the background music from its music library. Certainly, it also allows you to add other music, e.g. Apple music, to your videos. So, how to add your Apple Music to iMovie? Let's walk through the short steps to put your Apple Music in iMovie now.

Add Apple Music to iMovie

How to Transfer Your Apple Music to the Mac

Apple Music is a streaming music service. If you subscribe to Apple Music, you can download Apple Music songs to your iPhone or iTunes on Mac. When you need to use these songs in iMovie, you can add them to iMovie for setting it as background music. Before adding Apple music to iMovie, you'd better export it to your Mac. You can use an iOS data transfer tool – Aiseesoft FoneTrans to help you make it. It allows you to transfer data from iOS devices to your Mac. You can also use it to import data from iTunes to the computer.




  • Transfer Apple Music from iPhone to computer in one click.
  • Support various data types, including music, video, contacts, photos, messages, etc.
  • Manage and edit single song, like add, delete, de-duplicate, etc.
  • Compatible with the latest macOS 11 and iOS 13/14.

If your downloaded Apple music is stored on your iPhone, you can follow the steps below to copy your songs from iOS device to the computer with FoneTrans.

Step 1.
Download and install FoneTrans on your computer.
Step 2.
Launch this iOS data transfer tool and connect your device to computer via a USB cable.
Step 3.
After the program detects your device successfully, it will scan your device and display all the data in your device. You will find different data categories at the left sidebar.
Find the Music category. To export the downloaded Apple Music to the computer, you just need to check the music you want to transfer, and click PC icon to select the Export to PC option.
Export Media
Step 4.
Then it will pop up a window for you to select the save path for your music. After few seconds, you will see the successful window. You can click Open Folder to check out your music.

If your downloaded Apple Music is saved in iTunes, here is what you can do to sync your songs from iTunes to the computer.

Step 1.
After downloading and installing FoneTrans, launch it on your computer. From the left sidebar, click Toolbox.
Select iTunes Library
Step 2.
Choose iTunes Library. Then, select the View iTunes Library option to view and check the Apple Music you want to export to your computer.
Transfer iPhone Data to iTunes

How to Convert Apple Music and Add It to iMovie

We know that Apple Music is protected by DRM (Digital Rights Managements) and can’t be directly added to iMovie. Thus, you need to convert your exported Apple Music to the iMovie supported formats, such as MP3, M4A, WAV, AIFF, etc.

TuneFab Apple Music Converter is the best Apple Music to MP3 Converter. You can use it to convert Apple Music songs to MP3, M4A, AIFF, or other popular suitable formats for adding them to iMovie.

Step 1. After installation, open TuneFab Apple Music Converter on your computer. You need to make sure that you have installed the latest iTunes on your computer.

Step 2. The program will automatically load your iTunes music, videos, and podcasts once you open it. You can preview and search the song you want.

Step 3. Check the music you want to convert and select MP3, M4A, or other supported formats as the output format. Then, click Convert on the top to start converting.

Covert Apple Music

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After getting your well-converted Apple Music, you are able to add it to iMovie.

1. Launch iMovie on your mac, open the movie item you want edit, and then click Import to add the converted Apple Music file to iMovie.

2. Open the output folder and then choose the Apple Music song from it, and then click Import Selected.

Import Apple Music to iMovie

Now, you have imported Apple Music songs to iMovie successfully, the next step you need to do is edit the video and Apple Music in iMovie as you want. Then you can save your iMovie project and export it to your Mac. If you are looking for video editing software with the similar features, Aiseesoft Slideshow Creator can be your best iMovie alternatives. You can make fantastic videos with various ready-made and customizable styles.

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