3 Replies Latest reply: Aug 9, 2011 6:10 AM by maxzorin
rj1933 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I'm having trouble transferring a song from iTunes into Garage Band.  After following the instructions, I see the song in the Garage Band documents window in iTunes, but it does not show up in Garageband "Copy from iTunes" after a sync.  It's an m4a file. So then I created a song in GarageBand, and exported it to iTunes.  I see it there in the Garage Band documents window.  But when I look in Garage Band on the iPad and try to copy it back in, it does not appear in the Copy from iTunes window.  I'm using iTunes on Windows.

iPad 2, iOS 4.3.2, iTunes on Windows
  • 1. Re: Song transfer problem
    turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (46,545 points)

    GarageBand won't import .m4a files. The import feature requires uncompressed audio in AIFF, WAV, CAF or Apple Loops format at 16bit, 44.1 kHz.



  • 2. Re: Song transfer problem
    rj1933 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I tried WAV and it didn't work either.  Searching more deeply, I found another thread on the same subject. It seems that the method given in the help file for importing from iTunes to GarageBand on iPad is actually not implemented.  See https://discussions.apple.com/message/13228478#13228478 Some workarounds can be found there.  The easiest thing seems to be to just record analog using either an iRig or just play the song from your computer speakers into the iPad mic.  Of course, that's pretty slow, but for making a short loop it's ok.

  • 3. Re: Song transfer problem
    maxzorin Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    you can email the file to yourself, and use an app called hokusai to open it.  From there you can use audiocopy and then paste the song as a sample into a garageband track.  My tutorial will give you some clues.