How to Get Songs for Windows Movie Maker

By Dan Richter

Windows Movie Maker is a video-editing program included with the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system, and some earlier versions of Windows. The software can be used to add special effects, titles, credits and music to your videos and photo slide shows.Users of Windows Movie Maker can find songs, both for free and for sale, to use for their video projects in a few different places online and in their own music collection.

Things You'll Need

  • Music CDs

Buying Digital Music

Step 1

Buy and download songs through a legal music-player service, such as iTunes or Rhapsody. Visit iTunes.com or Rhapsody.com and click "Download" to download the software onto your computer.

Step 2

Follow the on-screen installation instructions to install the software. Create a user account with iTunes or Rhapsody once the software is installed and log in using your user name and password.

Step 3

Browse through the songs that are available in either iTunes or Rhapsody. Purchase any songs you want using a credit card. Open Windows Movie Maker and click on "Add Music" or "Import Media Items." Locate the save destination of the ripped CD tracks and then click "Open" to import the songs into Windows Movie Maker.

Downloading Free and Legal Music

Step 1

Visit websites like Jamendo.com and ArtistServer.com, both of which feature thousands of free and legal songs to download by up-and-coming music artists. Click on "Sign up now" or "Join here" to create a free account with either site.

Step 2

Click on any of the music genres, including country, rock and instrumental, and browse through the many tracks. Click on the "Play" button to listen to any of the songs and click the "Download" button next to any track to download it to your computer.

Step 3

Open Windows Movie Maker and click on "Add Music" or "Import Media Items." Locate the ripped CD tracks on your computer and then click "Open" to import the songs into Windows Movie Maker.

Ripping Music from CDs

Step 1

Rip music from your compact disc (CD) collection into Windows Media Player or iTunes. Insert a music CD into your computer's CD-ROM drive and then open up your preferred music player.

Step 2

Click on "Rip Music" or "Import Music" and select the songs from the CD that you want to put onto your computer. Click "Rip" or "Import" and wait a few minutes while the songs are copied onto your computer.

Step 3

Open Windows Movie Maker and click on "Add Music" or "Import Media Items." Locate the save destination of the ripped CD tracks and then click "Open" to import the songs into Windows Movie Maker.