9 Replies Latest reply: Jun 25, 2008 7:33 PM by gogoox3
Ilan-one Level 1 Level 1 (0 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.

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.
  • Ilan-one Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi Brie-

    Thank you but that doesn't solve the root of the problem.

    I still have an external hard drive filled with iMovie projects that won't play the music. Many of the songs have been edited with verses removed, etc. As yet, I haven't tried to play movies backed up on DVDs but I think the music won't play on those either.

    Also, new iTunes (from today) have exactly the same problem.
  • 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?
  • Geoff Kirkland Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    Did you make sure you have the latest version of iTunes? I know that's made a difference in the past.
  • Ilan-one Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi Brie-

    I haven't replaced the music in my back catalog of iMovies. That would be quite a project.

    I did try a burned DVD and that played fine.

    As a test, I once again purchased a song on iTunes but I can't import it into either iMovie or iTunes.

    I'm running Quicktime 7.4.1. and not 7.5 because when I did the automatic 7.5 download all my iMoves lot sync. That wasn't the 'hang' problem, it was more like watching on YouTube where the frame rate and the audio don't match up.

    I backed up my system, erased and reinstalled. Once I came to the 7.5 update, I had the problem again. Then, I did an archive and install - OSX, ilife, and all the upgrades except QuickTime 7.5. Along the way, I tested iMovie to see how it worked.

    Instead of going all the way to 7.5, I did 7.4.1 which was the one before. My iMovies are now all in sync but, I'm not authorized to import or play. I did all the steps to reauthorize but I'm at my present impasse.

    I'm sure that if I upgrade to Quicktime 7.5, I'll be back in the YouTube out of sync mode. I also didn't reinstall any 'flip4mac' or 'Slick' software (all of which worked perfectly until the 7.5 upgrade.)

    -Ilan
  • Ilan-one Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi Geoff-

    All my upgrades are up to date except Quicktime 7.5. See my post to Brie to see why.

    -Ilan
  • Glo H Level 4 Level 4 (1,530 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.
  • Ilan-one Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi All-

    Part of the problem has been resolved. When I upgraded to QuickTime 7.5, suddenly my computer knows me and all iTunes music plays in every iLife program.

    The down side is that with QuickTime 7.5 installed, my iMovie is once again out of sync and I can't use it. See post #4 for a full explanation.

    Thank you all for addressing my problem. This is the first time I've tried the discussion forum and everyone has been great.

    -Ilan
  • gogoox3 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    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.