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How to Import Songs from Apple Music to Garageband

Posted to Apple Music Converter Tutorials by Linda Shaw on June 29, 2019


GarageBand is well-known music creation application developed by Apple, it's part of Apple's iLife software suite and available for both Mac and iOS. GarageBand comes with a complete sound library which includes instruments, presets for guitar and voice, and an incredible selection of session drummers and percussionists. GarageBand allows you to import MP3, M4A, WAV, AIFF, CAF, Apple Lossless and MIDI files, however, Apple Music songs are encrypted AAC files and can't be imported to GarageBand. To solve this problem, what you need is Apple Music Converter.

Use GarageBand to Make A New Song from Existing Song


Garageband is the music creation application developed by Apple, it's available for macOS 10.12 or later as well as iOS 12.1 or later. As of June 2019, GarageBand has got more than 1.4k reviews and got an average rating of 4.0 stars out of 5.0 in Mac App Store. For iOS devices, GarageBand got 27.9k reviews and got 4.1 stars out of 5.0 in App Store.

GarageBand comes with a complete sound library which includes instruments, presets for guitar and voice, and an incredible selection of session drummers and percussionists. It's a professional music creation tool yet still easy-to-use. Even novice can easily master the skills of basic music creation.

If you are a DJ, a tuner or a sound mixer and you are using Mac, you may be familiar with GarageBand. However, if you are a music lover and have an interest in basic music creation, GarageBand is also an good choice if you are using Mac, iPhone or iPad. Below are main steps of using existing song to make a new song with GarageBand.

Launch GarageBand and you will see "choose a project" dialog. If it's your first run, GarageBand will ask you to create an empty project by default. Click "Empty Project" and click "Choose" button in the bottom right.

Create an empty project in GarageBand

GarageBand provides 4 ways for you to choose a track type as below. You can plug in a USB MIDI keyboard to play and record, record using microphone or line input, drag-and-drop existing audio files, connect a guitar or bass to Mac to play and record or add a drummer. As we want to create a new song from existing song, so we choose the second option as below.

Choose a track type in GarageBand

GarageBand now opens its workplace. Now we can directly drag-and-drop MP3, AAC, WAV, AIFF or MIDI files to the workplace for editing, if necessary, you can also drag-and-drop multiple music files to mix and edit. However, if you open Apple Music folder and drag-and-drop an Apple Music M4P song to GarageBand workplace, all your efforts will end in failure. Below is the screenshot after you drag-and-drop a MP3 file into GarageBand workplace.

Drag and drop a song to GarageBand

So here comes a question: "how can you import songs from Apple Music to GarageBand"? And the answer is Apple Music Converter.

Apple Music Converter: The Software Solution to Add Apple Music to GarageBand

TuneMobie Apple Music Converter

Apple Music Converter is the software solution to help you convert any Apple Music songs downloaded in iTunes library to MP3, M4A, FLAC, AIFF, etc. on Windows or Mac, then you can enjoy your favorite Apple Music songs on iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle, Sony Walkman, various MP3 players and many other devices, also you can use output songs in video editing program like iMovie or music creation program like GarageBand.

Apple Music Converter will preserve all the ID3 tags including song title, album, artist, genre, artwork, etc., and keep 100% original audio quality when converting 256kbps Apple Music to 320kbps MP3 or 256kbps M4A.

Apple Music Converter also allows you to rename and sort output files using title, album, artist, track number, etc. as well as special characters like hyphen, slash or underline. The 16x fast conversion speed also helps you save your precious time.

Apple Music Converter is fully compatible with latest Windows 10, Mac OS X and iTunes. The free trial version allows you to convert 3 minutes of each song. If you want to add Apple Music songs to GarageBand, do not hesitate to download it and have a try.

Steps to Convert Apple Music Songs to GarageBand Supported File Types

Follow the steps below and you can easily add your favorite Apple Music songs to GarageBand and produce new songs for personal use.

Step 1: Launch TuneMobie Apple Music Converter

Run Apple Music Converter and iTunes will be opened as well. Apple Music songs, Apple Music songs and playlists will be listed as playlists in the left panel. Do not operate or exit iTunes before the conversion is done.

TuneMobie Apple Music Converter interface

Step 2: Select Apple Music Tracks

Choose your desired Apple Music songs for conversion. You can select a playlist and tick the top checkbox to select all the songs in the playlist. If necessary, built-in search box can be your good assistant to search artist, album or song title.

Step 3: Choose GarageBand Supported File Types

Apple Music Converter provides MP3, M4A, FLAC, AIFF, AC3, MKA, AU, etc. as output formats. For GarageBand, you need to choose GarageBand supported file types like MP3, M4A or AIFF.

Choose Apple Music conversion output format

Step 4: Start Converting Apple Music Songs

Now, simply click "Convert" button to start converting Apple Music to MP3, M4A or AIFF depending on your need. After conversion, you can click "Open output file" button to open output folder and locate the output files.

Converting Apple Music to MP3

Step 5: Add Output Files to GarageBand & Save the Project

Now, you have converted your Apple Music songs to GarageBand supported formats, and you can open Garageband as we mentioned above, drag-and-drop output files to GarageBand for editing. You can save the project, and if necessary, you can use menu "Share" > "Project to GarageBand for iOS", this will help to share your GarageBand project to iCloud and open it in GarageBand for iOS.

If you want to save the project as a new song and add to your iTunes library, you can click menu "Share" > "Song to iTunes..." and you will see a dialog as below. Fill in the necessary information and choose output quality, click "Share" button, you will get an M4A file and it will be added to your iTunes library. Then you can sync the M4A files to your iPhone/iPad, after synchronization, you can also import the songs to GarageBand for iOS.

Share Output to iTunes Library in GarageBand

No doubt, Apple Music Converter is the best software solution to help you import songs from Apple Music to GarageBand. However, GarageBand is only for Mac and iOS, if you are using other music creation software on Windows or Android and want to import songs from Apple Music, you can also use Apple Music Converter to get compatible music files first.

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