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3.Placethemusicintooneofyouraudiotracks. You can go about this in either of two ways. If the Playhead is already parked where you want the music to begin (you can take this opportunity to move it, if you like), just click the song name and then click the Place at Playhead button beneath the song list. iMovie takes a moment to deposit the entire song, beginning at the point you've indicated. You can also drag the song name directly out of the list and down into the Timeline Viewer. As long as you don't release the mouse button, and as long as the cursor is in one of the two audio tracks, you'll see that you can simultaneously move the Playhead and position the beginning of the song at just the right spot. Release the mouse when the song looks like it's in the right place. (On the other hand, you can always adjust the starting point of the music after you've placed it, by dragging its audio-clip stripe horizontally.) Depending on the length of the song you've selected, the importing process can take 30 seconds or more. That's how long it takes for iMovie to copy the iTunes track into a new audio fle (in your project's Media folder). When it's complete, a new colored bar appears in the audio track, labeled with the song name. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION Importing iTunes Music Fun with Copyright Law Don't I break some kind of law when I copy music from a commercial CD, or use iTunes Music Store music in one of my movies? Exactly what constitutes stealing music is a hot-button issue that has tied millions of people (and recording executives) in knots. That's why some iMovie fans hesitate to distribute their iMovie flms in places where lawyers might see them--like the Internet. Frankly, though, record company lawyers have bigger fsh to fry than small-time amateur operators like you. You're perfectly safe showing your movies to family and friends, your user group, and other limited circles of viewers. In fact, Apple encourages you to use iTunes Music Store purchases in your movies; after all, Apple is the one who made them available right in iMovie. You'll risk trouble only if you go commercial, making money from movies that incorporate copyrighted music. Still, if your conscience nags you, you could always use one of your GarageBand compositions. And even if you're not especially musical, the world is flled with royalty-free music--music that has been composed and recorded expressly for the purpose of letting flmmakers add music to their work without having to pay a licensing fee every time they do so. Some of it's even free. For example, check out www., a Web site flled with prerecorded music in every conceivable style, that you're welcome to use in your movies at no charge. If that's not enough for you, visit a search page like www., search for music library or royalty-free music, and start clicking your way to the hundreds of Web sites that offer information about (and listenable samples of) music that you can buy and use without fear. (Many of these sites require a RealAudio plug-in, an add-on for your Web browser that you can download and install from chapter8:narration,music,andsound 223