Apple, the tech giant, seems to control and facilitate our daily life to the largest extent, including movie making. iMovie is a handy yet professional movie making tool for a lot of us. However, Apple does not dissolve some compatibility issues well as we often find that when we import iTunes music to iMovie, it fails to work. This is kind of a trouble to us as music is vital to the movie making. Before Apple is capable of solving this issue for us, let’s look for some alternative solutions to add iTunes music to iMovie without any quality loss.

Part 1. Why can’t directly import iTunes music to iMovie

iMovie, part of the iLife suite, is a video editing software application sold by Apple Inc. for the Mac and iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini and iPod Touch). It is such a great tool that the user can use it to edit the photos and video clips and add titles, themes, music, and effects, including basic color correction and video enhancement tools and transitions such as fades and slides. Regarding the supported formats for iMovie, video files in formats like MP4, MOV, MPEG-2, AVCHD, DV, HDV, MPEG-4, H.264 and audio files in formats like MP3, WAV, M4A, AIFF, AAC are well supported. For your information, it can also support users to import video, audio, or photos from their hard drive.

However, iMovie does not support iTunes music in m4p because digital rights management (DRM) is adopted for iTunes media contents and is restricted for use in any other systems or software including iMovie. Simply put, iTunes media contents with DRM protection can be applied and used in Apple devices only such as iPhone, iPod, iPad, iWatch, and Mac. There will be loads of problems if you try to use iTunes music in iMovie directly due to the DRM protection. But knowing how to add iTunes music to iMovie with a third party software will truly help you a lot. This post will present a brilliant and professional tool — Leawo TunesCopy Ultimate to you for assisting in adding iTunes music or even iTunes movies to iMovie project.

Part 2. How to convert iTunes music for adding to iMovie with Leawo TunesCopy Ultimate

Leawo TunesCopy Ultimate is a multimedia tool for removing DRM from iTunes music, videos, and audiobook efficiently. It remarkably solves iTunes DRM protection related issues for millions of users across the globe, let alone how to add music to iMovie from iTunes. This tool is so brilliant because it is fully capable of maintaining the output file quality lossless. By the way, the processing speed is 50X faster than other rivals in the industry. For users who prefer to edit some file parameters such as sound track, sampling rate, and bit rate, this tool won’t let you down as these are all basic features offered to users free for making their output file better. Better to do well than to say so let’s take a deep look into how this tools works to import iTunes music to iMovie. Please download and install Leawo TunesCopy Ultimate on PC first and then follow the steps below carefull.

Note: To authorize the computer by signing in with your Apple ID is necessary for you in order to play the M4P music file purchased or rent. And iTunes will not be workable during the iTunes DRM removal process.

Step 1: Add iTunes m4p music to the tool.

Launch the tool after installation and click Add Files to import the source iTunes music to the tool. Batch importing is recommended as this tool is able to process many files at a time in an extremely efficient way.

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Step 2. Edit the file parameters.

After being imported, the iTunes music file can be found under the category “music”, where you can freely choose the Channels, Sampling Rates and Bit Rates for the output MP3 audio file by clicking “Edit” button on the music file.

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Step 3. Set an output file directory.

At the lower left bottom area, set a directory to save the output file after DRM removal.

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Step 4. Remove DRM from iTunes m4p music and convert it to mp3 simultaneously.

Click the Convert button to remove DRM from iTunes music first and convert the DRM-free music to mp3 simultaneously.

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Step 5: Check the converted files.

After DRM removal, click the Converted tab on the top to find the converted files in mp3 formats. From there, you can transfer iTunes music to iMovie directly.

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Part 3: How to add converted iTunes music to iMovie

From the above process, you have successfully obtained some iTunes music in mp3 format, which can be directly transferred to iMovie via the below steps.

Step 1: Launch the iMovie and click the movie clip where to add the iTunes music.

Click the target project and select the movie clip to add music to. Then, click the music source icon as shown below.

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Step 2: Select the music source and add the converted iTunes music to iMovie.

To import the converted iTunes music to iMovie, choose to import music from computer.

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Step 3: Edit the audio.

Open the audio Inspector either by clicking on the iButton in the middle bar of iMovie, or by clicking on the tool wheel in the music clip to control how the song fades in and out during the video.

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To add iTunes music to iMovie, you need to find tools to remove DRM from iTunes music, and then transfer the DRM-free iTunes music to iMovie. In this case, Leawo TunesCopy Ultimate is strongly recommended thanks to its powerful features and fast speed for DRM removal. This tool perfectly maintains the file quality so that when adding iTunes music to iMovie, the sound effect is exactly the same as that on iTunes. Feel free to have a try with this tool and hope it will enrich your movie making experience by helping to process iTunes music before importing iTunes music to iMovie.