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iMovie and iPhoto won't play or import protected iTunes

3295 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Jun 25, 2008 7:33 PM by gogoox3 RSS
Ilan-one Calculating status...
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I can play my purchased songs in iTunes but cannot import them into iMovie or iPhoto. Songs not purchased through iTunes import fine and purchased songs not marked "protected" are also fine.

Each time I attempt to import an iTunes protected song into either iMovie or iPhoto, I get the prompt to authorize it. I do that but it makes no difference, I just get reprompted. I also can't play songs in iMovie files with protected music.

I have deauthorized and reauthorized my iTunes. Dumped the SC file. Gone in as administrator. Etc.

I can remove the protected status of a song by burning it to a CD and reimporting. Then I can use it but the original song still won't play in previously existing iMovie or iPhoto files.

I've also reinstalled OSX, iLife, done and archive and reinstall...
iMAC G5, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Brie Fly Level 5 Level 5 (7,925 points)
    I can play my purchased songs in iTunes but cannot import them into iMovie or iPhoto. Songs not purchased through iTunes import fine and purchased songs not marked "protected" are also fine


    So, make a playlist of the purchased music you intend to use in iMovie, and burn it to a CD. Then, either use the tracks from the CD, or reimport the CD to iTunes and use those tracks instead of the originals.
    24" iMac (Alum), Mac OS X (10.5.3)
  • Brie Fly Level 5 Level 5 (7,925 points)
    I still have an external hard drive filled with iMovie projects that won't play the music


    Won't play which music? Have you replaced the audio in those movies with the DRM-free track copies described above?
    24" iMac (Alum), Mac OS X (10.5.3)
  • Geoff Kirkland Calculating status...
    Did you make sure you have the latest version of iTunes? I know that's made a difference in the past.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.9), 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo. 2GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM. iPod nano.
  • Glo H Level 4 Level 4 (1,525 points)
    I think that Ilan's original question is not how to get iTunes music to play on a DVD, but how to get it to play on his computer in the first place. When I have used protected music in iMovie or iPhoto, there are no issues with the music playing on the computer. However, I have read many times that this music will not work on a DVD player, hence the need to burn to a CD and reimport if the project is intended for a DVD. I can see why he is puzzled/aggravated; he shouldn't have to burn this music to a CD before using it in a project on his computer.

    I have no possible solutions to offer, except to post this question in the iTunes forum. Perhaps someone there can be of assistance.

    Good luck.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • gogoox3 Calculating status...
    This must be something new because I can not play an older project that contains a song I purchased either. 5 months ago no problem.,It won't play in movie 06 or 08. itunes authorizes it. I can not update quicktime due to it's lack of ability to allow importing movies from HD camcorders. What a problem, I will have a tech look at it and let you know what I find out.
    macbook, Mac OS X (10.4.11)

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