How to Set Apple Music as Google Slides Background Music

Posted by Adam Gorden on May 27,2019 4:25 PM
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If you ask me "what is the best presentation program online?" I will say Google Slides is the one. Google Slides is a free online presentation tool for personal use. The biggest difference between Google Slides and the classic Office PowerPoint is that Google Slides is available as a web application and it lives in the cloud so you don't have to download or install it. And it even saves you a lot of clicks to save your changes since it automatically records all the changes you make. Another thing must be brag about is that Google Slides allows users to collaborate with other users in real-time.

Music is not a necessary option for presentations but the music certainly can help you draw attractions from the audiences and liven things up. For those who are not confident enough and easy to get nervous, background music can be used to soothe or cheer up yourself during the presentation. To choose the background music perfect match your presentation, you might need some resources. Apple Music is home to 50 million songs and it makes a perfect resource.

The problem we need to solve today is how to set Apple Music as Google Slides background music. Add music to Google Slides presentation is somehow not so easy because Google Slides doesn't offer an insert audio option, which means that you are not able to upload local music files to it. Fortunately, we have 2 simple workarounds here to fix the problem.

Method 1 Insert a Link to Stream Apple Music

This method requires the access to Apple Music, in other words, you need to subscribe Apple Music. Then you can insert a link to your Apple Music songs to the presentation. Following will be the step by step tutorial.

1. Open the presentation on Google Slides.

2. Decide which slide to add and stream Apple Music.

3. Find the "Insert" tab on the top of the surface, click it and point to "Shape" from the drop-down list, then choose any shape you like, say an arrow.

4. Click on the shape you want to appear on the slide and draw the shape onto the slide.

5. Go to Apple Music and copy the link of the song you want to stream to Google Slides.

6. Go back to the presentation, click the shape you choose, open the "Insert" menu again and click "Link". The alternative hotkey here is "Ctrl+K".

7. Then the insert link box will pop up. Paste the link to the box use "Ctrl+V" and confirm by "Apply"

8. When you run your presentation, click on the shape with the link. The Apple Music will open in another browser window and begin playing the song you choose. The music will run until it is finished or until you end it.


Method 2 Upload Apple Music Songs to Google Drive

Although the method in this section will take a bit more steps, it doesn't require Apple Music membership because you've already backup your favorite songs to Google Drive. The link inserting steps is mostly the same but before you transfer Apple Music songs to Google Drive, you'll need to convert them to non-DRM format with TunesKit DRM Audio Converter.

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Step 1Import Apple Music Songs to the Converter

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Launch TunesKit Apple Music Converter. Then you can add the downloaded Apple Music songs by either clicking "Add Files" button or dragging the files from the iTunes folder where you store those files on your computer.

Step 2Set Output Format

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Once the songs are added successfully to the software, you can choose the output format as you like, such as MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4A, and M4B.

Step 3Remove DRM and Convert Songs

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When everything is ready, you can click "Convert" button to start converting the Apple Music DRM-ed M4P to other common formats.

Step 4Upload Converted Apple Music to Google Drive

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Sign into the Google Drive website with your Google account. Then you can add the DRM-free Apple Music files to your Google Drive with two ways, including simply dragging the files or folder over the top of the Google Drive window or clicking on "New" in the top left corner, and then selecting either "File Upload" or "Folder Upload".

Step 5 Insert the Shareable Link of Google Drive

Once the Apple Music songs are uploaded to Google Drive, you can click "Get Shareable Link". A link to the file will appear and you can repeat the same steps as the Method 1 to insert the link.

The Bottom Line

Method 1 is the quickest way to add Apple Music to Google Slides while Method 2 means a lot for future use. In addition, You can also add a YouTube music video to the Google Slides. I am sure no matter which way you choose to enrich your presentation, it will be much more memorable for your audiences.


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