How to Import Apple Music to GarageBand

Posted by Adam Gorden on Dec 17, 2019 4:30 PM

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GarageBand is popular since the day Steve Jobs initially launched it in 2004. As a line of digital audio workstations special design for MacOS and iOS, GarageBand allows you to record audio, edit songs, mix rhythms, and add sound effects. You don't have to be a Pro, anyone who has iOS device such as Mac, iPhone, or iPad can easily use GarageBand to make cool music.

As for the music resource, GarageBand allows you to use the purchased music from iTunes but that's an ideal choice. As there are too many songs you would like to mix with GarageBand but buying all of them is too pricey. Apple Music supposes to be a good source for music remixing. However, Apple Music songs are all protected so we can't play them or use them elsewhere than Apple Music app. Luckily, we have TunesKit Audio Converter to help you with that. TunesKit can convert Apple Music songs to MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, M4A, and M4B. Below we will show you how to add Apple Music to GarageBand.

1. How to Import Apple Music to GarageBand
2. How to Transfer Converted Songs to GarageBand
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Part 1 - How to Import Apple Music to GarageBand

Step 1 Add Apple Music to TunesKit

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First, download TunesKit Audio Converter from the above link and please confirm that Apple Music works well and Apple Music songs you want to convert could play well on your computer. Otherwise, you should authorize to play those audios in advance. Launch the converter and Apple Music both and you will see three icons on the central top of the main screen.

1) This button is for importing Apple Music songs, Audible audiobooks, or iTunes audiobooks to TunesKit.

2) This one is to add common audios to TunesKit.

3) This is the "Converted History", when the conversion is done you can find your converted files under this catalog.

Most of the Apple Music songs are protected, so you can use the first button to import Apple Music songs to the converter or directly drag files from the Apple Music media folder to the TunesKit as well.

Step 2 Adjust Output Settings

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When you finish the step 1, open the "Format" panel to select an output format for your audio files. GarageBand supported file types including MP3, WAV, AAC, CAF, and AIFF. So, TunesKit offers you to choose MP3, WAV or AAC as the output format. Right next to the "Format" is the Output Path option. Click on to select a file destination for you converted songs.

Step 3 Edit the Songs with the Built-in Audio Editor


Format and Output Path are the basic settings. For GarageBand users, you probably will ask more. TunesKit has many extra features for you to dig up.

1) Under the "Format" panel, you can adjust the codec, channel, sample rate, bit rate and quality of the audio files

2) This magic stick icon on the right of each column is to change the volume, speed, and pitch of the converted audios.

3) This edit icon on the right of each column enables you to tailor the tags and split the audios.

Step 4 Convert Apple Music Songs to MP3

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Once you are done with all the settings and editing, you can take up the conversion by pressing the "Convert" button. Wait for a few minutes until the conversion finishes, then you can locate the DRM-free audio files in the folder you selected. If you don't remember which folder you choose, you can go to the Converted History and use to find them.

Part 2 - How to Transfer Converted Songs to GarageBand

Now all the converted songs are saved to the local, you can add them to GarageBand and use them to mix music. GarageBand has a desktop application and mobile app, here we will introduce both methods to you.

Add Apple Music to GarageBand Desktop Application


1. Launch GarageBand on Mac, you will see the main interface.

2. Click the (the "Media Browser") on the top-right corner, GarageBand will scan and show you the sources from iTunes or local files on your PC

3. Click local computer folder option and then import the converted songs to GarageBand

Add Apple Music to GarageBand Mobile App


The mobile app is for iPhone and iPad to use. Because the converted files are on your computer so you need to sync them to iTunes first and then you can import them into GarageBand from iTunes

1. Launch iTunes on your computer and add the converted songs to iTunes. Go to "Menu" bar > "File" > "Add Library" to import the converted songs.

2. Launch GarageBand on your iPhone or iPad, tap to open Tracks view. Tap (the "Loop Browser") in the control bar, and then tap "Music" tab to preview the songs you are going to import.

3. There you can find the song list to import. Select those you want to mix and confirm to add. Or directly drag and drop the songs to Tracks view.


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