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

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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 need to add Apple Music songs to Final Cut Pro X as background music, converting Apple Music to MP3 with TuneMobie Apple Music Converter is a perfect solution.

Create New Video Projects with Final Cut Pro X

When talking about video editing application on macOS, iMovie and Final Cut Pro may be the first that come 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.

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Before you can edit anything, 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 are allowed to import media like video clips and music tracks into the library. Once you've imported your video clips, 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. 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 use macOS Mojave or below, it will be iTunes.

However, you will find that only MP3/M4A/WAV songs are listed in Music or iTunes, your downloaded Apple Music songs are not listed. Instead, you can see "xxx files are unplayable and unavailable" under the music list. Actually, the files here are Apple Music songs. The warning message indicates that Apple Music songs can't be added to Final Cut Pro video project directly.

Apple Music unplayable in Final Cut Pro

Fortunately, the problem can be easily solved by TuneMobie Apple Music Converter which can easily convert Apple Music songs to MP3, M4A or WAV. Let's check its wonderful features below.

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 added/downloaded in iTunes library or Music app. It can convert Apple Music songs to all-purpose audio formats like MP3, M4A, WAV, etc. with ID3 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
  • AC3, AU, AAC, FLAC output formats are also available for other purpose
  • Keep ID3 tags like title, album, artist, track number, artwork, genre, etc.
  • Rename output files in bulk by title, album, artist, track number, etc.
  • Sort output files into folders by album or artist as you like
  • Losslessly convert 256kbps Apple Music AAC file to 320kbps MP3 or 256kbps M4A
  • Losslessly convert Apple Music lossless audio to WAV or AIFF
  • 16X faster conversion speed on Windows and macOS up to 10.12.6, 1X speed on 10.13 or later
  • Fully compatible with latest Windows OS, macOS, iTunes and Music app

The free trial version of TuneMobie Apple Music Converter allows you to convert first 3 minutes of each song. 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 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

Launch Apple Music Converter and iTunes or Music app (on macOS 10.15 Catalina or later) will be opened at the same time. Please do not operate iTunes or Music app during the conversion, and do not exit the program before the conversion is done.

TuneMobie Apple Music Converter interface

Step 2: Choose Apple Music Songs

Select a playlist from the left panel, then check the songs you want to use as Final Cut Pro background music. Tick the top checkbox to choose all the songs in the playlist. If necessary, you can use built-in search box to search song title, album or artist, and the results will be displayed in only a few seconds.

Step 3: Choose Output Format

Apple Music Converter provides several output audio formats. As Final Cut Pro integrates iTunes/Music app, you should choose output formats which can be added to iTunes library or Music app. As MP3, M4A, WAV or AIFF can be added to iTunes or Music app, so you can choose one of them. Here we use M4A for example.

Choose Apple Music conversion output format

Step 4: Start Conversion

Simply click the "Convert" button to start converting Apple Music songs to your desired output format. After conversion, click "Explore output file" to open output folder and locate the output files.

Converting Apple Music to M4A

Add Converted Apple Music Songs to Final Cut Pro

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

Once the songs have been added to iTunes or Music app, you should be able to find them in Final Cut Pro X when clicking Music or iTunes. You can still find the warning message "xxx files are unplayable and unavailable", but their converted version can be found in the song list.

Once you finish your video editing, you can click the Share button in the upper right to choose output format.

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

Final Cut Pro X is 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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