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Make imported MP3s usable by iMovie Apps
As mentioned in "Make iPhoto imported pictures usable in iMovie", types play a role in importing media into iMovie.

When trying to import an MP3 into iMovie, I noticed that MP3's that had been encoded by iTunes could be imported, while the MP3's that I had downloaded could not. I fired up the GetFileInfo tool found under the /Developer/Tools folder and had a look at a file that would import and one that wouldn't:
GetFileInfo -t song.mp3
The file encoded by iTunes had a type of MPG3, while the imported file didn't contain a type. After changing the type of the imported file to MPG3 with the following command, iMovie imported it properly:
SetFile -t MPG3 *.mp3
So if you're having trouble with an MP3 import into iMovie, check the file type.

[Editor's note: If you don't have the Dev Tool installed, you can also use a third-party tool like Super Get Info to change the file type.]
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