How to Export Songs From iTunes to Photo Story 3

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You can create a movie containing photos, narration and a soundtrack using the free Photo Story 3 application from Microsoft. Photo Story requires audio files in MP3 format to insert in a project file. Music on iTunes is encoded in a different audio format, so iTunes songs can't readily be inserted into a Photo Story file. Instead, burn songs from an iTunes playlist to an audio CD to create MP3 files. After burning the audio CD, your songs can be inserted into Photo Story as background music.

Things You'll Need

  • Blank CD
  • CD recorder drive
  • Launch iTunes and create a new playlist (by selecting "New Playlist" under "File" in the top menu bar).

  • Drag desired songs from the Music library to this playlist.

  • Click the playlist and make sure the songs displayed in the directory are checked.

  • Select "Library" under "File" in the top menu bar and choose "Burn Playlist to Disk."

  • Insert the blank CD in the disk drive.

  • Select "Audio CD" under "Disk Format" and click the "Burn Disc" button.

  • Launch Photo Story and open the desired Photo Story project file.

  • Insert the audio CD created in step 6 into the CD drive.

  • Navigate to the desired image in the time line and click the "Select Music" button.

  • Select the desired song (audio file) and click the "OK" button to load the sound into the file.

  • Move the slider bar under "Volume" to set the volume for the background music.

  • Review the time line to see the length of playback, indicated by a gold bar above the pictures.

  • Repeat steps 9 to 12 as desired to insert more songs into Photo Story. Save the Photo Story project file with the embedded songs.

Tips & Warnings

  • Apple reports that songs purchased from the iTunes Store can be burned from a playlist to a CD up to seven times.

References

  • Photo Credit Jochen Sand/Photodisc/Getty Images
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