How to Add Music to iMovie from Spotify [Latest Guide]

Q: "Can I add Spotify song to iMovie? I'm a Spotify premium user, but I can't find my downloaded Spotify songs on my device. This leaves me with no way to add Spotify music to iMovie directly."

iMovie is one of the most popular editing tools on Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPad Touch. With it, you can easily add glamorous effects to your videos. You can also import music into the video as background music. However, there is no official way to use Spotify music in iMovie. So, we are here to give you the best way. Read this article to learn how to add music to iMovie from Spotify on iPhone/iPad/Mac.

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Part 1. Can You Add Music to iMovie from Spotify

How to get Spotify music on iMovie? Currently, there is no Spotify iMovie integration. Therefore, you cannot directly access the Spotify music library in iMovie. Someone may ask: Why can't I import downloaded Spotify music into iMovie?

The answer is that Spotify music is protected in the unique OGG audio format. Songs downloaded from Spotify are just cache files and not real files. They are only supported by the Spotify app. And iMovie only supports audio files in MP3, WAV, M4A, AIFF, and AAC formats.

iMovie Supported Audio Formats MP3, M4A, WAV, AAC, and AIFF
Spotify Format Special Ogg Vorbis
AudFree Spotify Converter Supported Output Formats MP3, M4A, WAV, AAC, M4B, and FLAC

Part 2. Best Solution to to Add Spotify Music to iMovie

Best Spotify to iMovie Converter

When it's come to how to add Spotify music to imovie, your first and foremost task is to remove Spotify's protection and convert Spotify music to iMovie-supported audio files. Thankfully, AudFree Spotify Music Converter is just such a tool. With it, you can download and convert Spotify songs, playlists, albums, and podcasts even without Spotify Premium. It supports outputting Spotify music to MP3, M4A, WAV, AAC, M4B and FLAC.

Moreover, it can preserve 100% original audio quality when downloading Spotify music. And the download speed is up to five times faster. With it, you can convert Spotify music to local audio files supported by iMovie. Then you can use iMovie's upload feature to put Spotify local files on iMovie and set them as background music.

AudFree Spotify Music Converter

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  • Download Spotify songs/playlists/albums without Premium
  • Convert Spotify to MP3, AAC, etc., compatible with iMovie
  • Work at 5X faster speed, keep lossless sound quality
  • Preserve full ID3 tags, support batch conversion

How to Convert Spotify to iMovie-Supported Audio Format

Please install AudFree Spotify Music Converter on your computer first. To do it, you can click the 'Download' button above or visit its official website. Then just follow the guide below to convert Spotify music to iMovie-compatible audio format.

Step 1Import Spotify Music to AudFree SpoDable
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When you launch AudFree Spotify Music Converter, the Spotify app will be loading automatically. Now, you can start to discover the Spotify music that you'd like to use on iMovie. Drag and drop it to the conversion window directly afterward. If you want to load many Spotify songs, you can copy the URL of Spotify tracks, and then paste it to the text address and click the '+' button.
Step 2Set Spotify Output Format for iMovie
set spotify output format for imovie
Go to the top 'menu', select 'Preferences' > 'Convert' option and the settings window will pop up. In this window, you can choose an audio format supported by iMovie, like MP3, WAV, AAC, etc. Besides, you can also customize other output parameters as you like, such as bit rate, sample rate, etc.
Step 3Download Spotify Songs for iMovie
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To start the conversion process, please press the 'Convert' button at the bottom-right corner of the main interface. To make the conversion process more stable, you'd better disable your Antivirus or Firewall. When it's done, you can navigate to the target 'Output' folder on your computer to view the downloaded Spotify songs. Then all converted Spotify songs can be uploaded to iMovie without any limit.
Video DemoDownload and Convert Spotify Music to iMovie-Supported Files

Part 3. How to Add Music from Spotify to iMovie on Mac

Congratulation! Now that you've downloaded Spotify music to computer and saved it as iMovie-compatible music files. It's time to put music on iMovie from Spotify and set Spotify songs as background music. Below is how to add Spotify music to iMovie on mac.

How to Put Spotify Music on iMovie on Mac

Please make sure you have transferred the converted Spotify music to iTunes in advance. For how to do it, please visit: How to Transfer Spotify to iTunes Library.

Step 1. Open iMovie on your Mac and launch your iMovie project or create a new one.

Step 2. Click the 'Audio' option at the top menu.

audio tab at the top menu

Step 3. Then there are three options for you to choose from, respectively 'Music', 'Sound Effects', and 'GarageBand'. The 'Music' option will allow you to access all local audio files from your iTunes library. And 'GarageBand' will show you all the audio clips you've made in the GarageBand app.

Step 4. Choose the 'Music' option under 'Audio' at the left sidebar. Then select the converted Spotify music from your iTunes library.

choose the music option

Step 5. To preview the music, click on the 'Play' icon. Then you can drag and drop the Spotify clip to the editing bar at the bottom.

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Part 4. How to Add Spotify Song to iMovie on iPhone/iPad

If you are using an iOS device, the following steps are just for you. Before importing music from Spotify to iMovie on iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, you need to move the converted Spotify music to your iOS device using iTunes or iCloud.

How to Get Spotify Music on iMovie on iPhone

Step 1. Please transfer Spotify music to your iPhone using iTunes.

Step 2. Open the iMovie on your iPhone and click on 'Movie' > 'Create Movie' to create your project.

create new project in imovie on iphone

Step 3. Click on the '+' button on the left side of your main screen.

click add media button in imovie

Step 4. Then select 'Audio' > 'My Music' to select your desired Spotify music.

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Step 5. Click the '+' button next to the Spotify song to add it. Then the Spotify music will show up on a green line on the edit screen.

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How to Add Spotify Songs to iMovie on iPad

Step 1. Move the converted Spotify songs to your iPad in advance. Then open iMovie and launch your video project.

Step 2. Open your project in the timeline and click the '+' button on the screen.

Step 3. Tap the 'Audio' > 'My Music' option to browse through the Spotify songs stored on your device.

add audio to imovie on ipad

Step 4. Choose the 'Files' option under 'My Music' to find the folder that contains your converted Spotify music files.

add music from spotify to imovie on ipad

Step 5. Tap on '+' next to a Spotify song to use Spotify music in iMovie.

Part 5. How to Edit Spotify Music on iMovie Video

Once you've added Spotify music to video on iMovie, it's time to edit audio on iMovie to enhance the overall quality of your video project. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced user, these steps below will help you achieve the desired audio effect for your iMovie video. So, let's get started!

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Step 1. Click on the added Spotify audio clip to select it.

Step 2. Use the 'Trim' tool in the toolbar at the top of the iMovie window to trim the audio clip to the desired length.

Step 3. Tap the 'Volume' slider in the 'Audio' section of the toolbar to adjust the volume.

Step 4. Hit the 'Audio Effects' button located in the 'Audio' section to add effects such as equalization or reverb to the Spotify clip.

Step 5. Preview your edited video by clicking on the 'Play' button in the preview window.

Step 6. Once you are satisfied with your edits, export your video by selecting 'File' from the menu bar and then selecting 'Share' followed by 'File'.

Part 6. FAQs about Adding Music to iMovie from Spotify

Q1: Can I Add My Music to iMovie?

A: Yes. iMovie allows you to add your own music files to your project. You can import songs from your music library in the Apple Music app. You can also add other audio files stored on your device, in iCloud Drive, or elsewhere.

Note: Just make sure your music files are compatible with iMovie. (iMovie supports adding audio files in MP3, M4A, WAV, AAC, and AIFF formats.)

See Also: How to Add Music to iMovie from Apple Music

Q2: Is There Any Free Music Available in iMovie?

A: Yes, iMovie has built-in soundtracks and sound effects, which can be used in the iMovie projects for free.

Q3: Can I Use Spotify Music on iMovie?

A: Generally speaking, you couldn't put Spotify songs to iMovie, even if you have downloaded them officially. But if you use the AudFree Spotify Music Converter, you can remove DRM from Spotify and convert Spotify music to iMovie-supported audio files. Then you can easily add Spotify music to iMovie whenever you want.

Q4: How to Change Spotify Background Music in iMovie?

A: Just delete and change the Spotify music in the timeline and click the 'Media' tab to import a new one to the timeline.

Q5: How to Add Music from Spotify to iMovie without iTunes?

A: Only if your Spotify music has been converted to iMovie-compatible audio tracks, you can directly drag and add Spotify song to iMovie from the Finder or computer desktop.

Part 7. To Sum Up

Using Spotify music in iMovie will be very easy if you follow the tutorials mentioned in this article. With AudFree Spotify Music Converter, you can get Spotify files compatible with iMovie. Then it couldn't be easier to add music to iMovie from Spotify on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Mac.

Actually, if you want to use the protected Spotify music on other platforms, AudFree Spotify Converter is your best choice. It enables you to download Spotify music without Premium and remove protection. After that, you can listen to your favorite Spotify music on any platform and device.

Jul 13, 2023 6:20 PM

Updated by Charles Davis to Spotify Music


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