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How to Add Apple Music to Final Cut Pro X as Background Music

Linda Shaw | October 2, 2022 | License plans: 1 month $14.95, 3 months $29.95 & more | Buy Windows Version | Buy macOS Version

Summary

Video editing is now part of our daily life. As to Mac users, many people choose Apple's Final Cut Pro X, because it not only provides professional, practical and powerful video editing functions, but also comes with easy-to-use interface to make the program easier and suitable for novices. As to background music, users can easily add their favorite songs from music library to the project. However, If you want to add Apple Music songs to Final Cut Pro X as background music, you may need to convert Apple Music to MP3/M4A/WAV with TuneMobie Apple Music Converter first.

Create New Video Projects with Background Music Using Final Cut Pro X

When talking about video editing application on macOS, iMovie or Final Cut Pro may be the first option that comes to our mind. Both of them are developed by Apple, iMovie is free and suitable for novices while Final Cut Pro X is suitable for the ones who needs professional video editing functions. Final Cut Pro can be purchased from Mac App Store at $299, but you can download it from Apple website and get a free trial of 90 days. It's recommended you use the trial version to get familiar with it before you decide to buy. As of August 9, 2022, the latest stable release of Final Cut Pro is 10.6.4 and you need to run macOS Big Sur 11.5.1 or later.

Final Cut Pro Free Trial

Before creating a new project, you need to get your video files imported into Final Cut Pro X. To import media, you can simply click the "Import" button in the upper left corner of the application, or use menu "File > Import > Media." You can also start importing by hitting "Command + I" to bring up the import window.

Final Cut Pro Import button

In the import window, you can easily import media files like video clips and music tracks into the library. Once video importing is done, click "New Project" or simply drag your clips onto the timeline to create a new video project of your own. You can name your video project according to your preferences and select the event you want it to be in, or even use custom settings to change some other parameters.

Create New Project in Final Cut Pro

Now, you are able to make some useful and cool edits like trimming or adding effects on your video clips. In order to make the video more distinctive and popular, you may want to add background music to the video. When it comes to background music for Final Cut Pro X and you are using Apple Music, probably you may ask the question that "can I use Apple Music in Final Cut Pro?" or "What music can I use in Final Cut Pro?". In Final Cut Pro User Guide page on Apple's official website, you can clearly know that you can import music and sound from your Music library into Final Cut Pro. If you keep reading the user guide, you can easily find the sentence that "If your Music library includes protected files, they are unavailable". Unluckily, Apple Music songs are exactly the protected files.

Now let's go back to Final Cut Pro, click the second icon under the "Import" button and you can see Photos, GarageBand, Music and Sound Effects. Music refers to Music app on macOS Catalina 10.15 or later, if you are using old version of Final Cut Pro on macOS Mojave 10.14 or below, it will be iTunes instead.

However, you will find that only your purchased songs from iTunes Store or MP3/M4A/WAV/AIFF songs you imported from external location are listed in Music app or iTunes, your downloaded Apple Music songs are not listed as mentioned above. Instead, you can see "xxx files are unplayable and unavailable" under the music list. Actually, the files here are mainly Apple Music songs. The warning message indicates the conclusion that Apple Music songs can't be added to Final Cut Pro video project.

Apple Music unplayable in Final Cut Pro

Since Final Cut Pro supported audio formats include MP3, M4A, WAV and AIFF, as long as we can convert Apple Music songs to Final Cut Pro supported audio formats, the problem can be easily resolved. Luckily, with TuneMobie Apple Music Converter, this can be resolved in only a few simple steps. Check its wonderful features below and you will know why the software is a perfect solution.


TuneMobie Apple Music Converter: The Solution of Adding Apple Music to Final Cut Pro

TuneMobie Apple Music Converter is designed to convert Apple Music songs in your music library with a built-in Apple Music web player. It can easily convert Apple Music songs to all-purpose audio formats like MP3, M4A, WAV, etc. with ID3 tags retained. After conversion, you can add the songs to iTunes or Music app, and the songs will be displayed in Final Cut Pro as well, which means you can add the converted Apple Music songs to Final Cut Pro video editing project.

TuneMobie Apple Music Converter

  • Convert Apple Music songs to MP3, M4A, WAV or AIFF which is compatible with Final Cut Pro
  • Convert with a built-in Apple Music web player without using iTunes or Music app
  • Preserve ID3 tags like title, album, artist, track number and artwork after conversion
  • Rename output files in bulk by title, album, artist, track number, hyphen, space, etc.
  • Sort output files into folders by album, artist, album/artist or artist/album
  • Losslessly convert 256kbps Apple Music AAC file to 320kbps MP3 or 256kbps M4A
  • Enjoy incredible 20X faster conversion speed on both Windows and macOS
  • Fully compatible with latest Windows and macOS (Intel & Apple silicon)

The free trial version of TuneMobie Apple Music Converter can only convert first 3 minutes of each song and convert 3 songs at a time. If your favorite Apple Music track is shorter than 3 minutes, you can use the program to convert entire song. If you are using Final Cut Pro and you want to add your favorite Apple Music songs to Final Cut Pro, please do not hesitate to try TuneMobie Apple Music Converter.


Easy Steps to Convert Apple Music Songs to MP3/M4A/WAV

TuneMobie Apple Music Converter is very intuitive and easy-to-use. You can easily convert Apple Music songs to MP3, M4A or WAV in only a few clicks. Please check the user guide below for your reference.

Step 1: Launch TuneMobie Apple Music Converter and Sign in Apple ID

Launch TuneMobie Apple Music Converter and click "Sign In" button in the upper right, enter your Apple ID and password to sign in built-in Apple Music web player. You don't need to sign in again if you don't sign out the web player.

Launch TuneMobie Apple Music Converter

Step 2: Adjust Output Settings

TuneMobie Apple Music Converter provides MP3, M4A, WAV, AIFF, FLAC and AUTO option as output format. By default, AUTO option is used and it's actually 256kbps M4A. If you prefer other audio format, you can click Settings icon in the upper right to open Settings dialog and change output format. As Final Cut Pro supports MP3, M4A, AIFF and WAV formats, you can choose any output option except for FLAC.

TuneMobie Apple Music Converter output settings

In Settings dialog, you can change output folder, select how to rename and sort the output files. For MP3 and M4A output formats, you can also adjust audio bitrate.

Step 3: Open Apple Music Album/Playlist

Go back to the built-in Apple Music web player and browse your favorite album or playlist, then open the detailed page of an album or a playlist and song list will be displayed.

TuneMobie Apple Music Converter interface

Step 4: Add Album/Playlist to Conversion List

You can easily find a button in the center right, move your mouse to the button and it will be changed to "Add to list" button. Click "Add to list" button to add all the songs in the album/playlist to conversion list.

Add Apple Music album/playlist to conversion list

Step 5: Choose the Songs

All the songs will be checked by default. If there are any songs you don't want to convert, simply uncheck the songs.

Select songs

Step 6: Start Apple Music Conversion

Now simply click the Convert button to start converting Apple Music songs to specific audio format which can be used in Final Cut Pro.

Converting Apple Music songs


Add Converted Apple Music Songs to Final Cut Pro

After converting Apple Music songs to MP3/M4A/WAV, you can use them in Final Cut Pro video project by following steps.

Step 1: Add output songs to iTunes or Music app

To add converted Apple Music songs to Final Cut Pro X, you need to add the songs to iTunes library or Music app first. If you are using macOS Mojave 10.14 or below, open iTunes and click menu "File" > "Add Files to Library" and browse the output folder of Apple Music Converter, add the output songs to iTunes library. If you are using macOS Catalina 10.15 or later, open Music app and click menu "File" > "Import" to add converted Apple Music songs from the output folder.

Import songs to Music App

Step 2: Open Music section in Final Cut Pro

In Final Cut Pro, click the Audio button in the top-left corner of the Final Cut Pro window and you will see GarageBand, Music (iTunes in older macOS) and Sound Effects. Then click Music or iTunes in the sidebar. As the converted Apple Music songs have been added to Music app or iTunes, you should be able to find them in the song list.

Final Cut Pro Import button

At the bottom of the song list you can still find the warning message "xxx files are unplayable and unavailable" if you haven't deleted the original downloaded Apple Music songs, but it's OK as their converted version can be found in the list.

Step 3: Drag songs to timeline

You can use the controls in the upper-right corner of the browser to find the music or sound you want. You can search for an item, choose which items to display, preview an item or select more than one item. When you are ready, you can drag a song or multiple songs to timeline as background.

Add background music to Final Cut Pro

For better import and playback performance, Final Cut Pro automatically transcodes all MP3 audio files to MOV audio files and retains the original MP3 files for future use.

Step 4: Edit & publish the video

Now you can go on editing your video project. Once you finish video editing, you can click the Share button in the upper right to choose output format. You can save the video in your local disk or upload to YouTube website.

Create Video in Final Cut Pro

You can change the creator, output format, voice codec, resolution, etc. in the output settings. After settings, simply click Next... to go to save the output video. In this way, you can use Apple Music songs in your masterpiece of video editing.

Final Cut Pro X Output Video Settings


Bottomline

Final Cut Pro X is a powerful Mac video editor that is satisfactory for all video editing enthusiasts or professional video editors. With the help of Apple Music Converter, Final Cut Pro X is even more powerful and more suitable for beginners. If you haven't started using Final Cut Pro X yet, try it out now and don't forget that TuneMobie Apple Music Converter can help you take it to the next level in video editing.

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