How to Add Music from Spotify to iMovie

Q: The wedding of my best friend is coming soon. I would like to make a special wedding video for them as the gift. But when I put music from Spotify to iMovie project, I can't do it successfully. It's really a confused thing, since I'm a paid subscriber on Spotify and I can download Spotify songs for offline personal use. So, can I transfer music from Spotify to iMovie? If possible, how to do it?

iMovie is a video editing software being built-in Macintosh computers, which is also available for iOS devices since 2010. Featuring thousands of awesome and professional features, iMovie allows users to edit videos and photos and add music, titles, effects, etc. to make an exclusive video. How about getting music from Spotify to iMovie as background music? Although you can't directly import Spotify songs to iMovie, you can refer to the following tutorial to add Spotify music to iMovie with ease.

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Part 1. Why We Can't Use Music from Spotify to iMovie

With Spotify Premium subscription, you can get the offline playback feature and download songs, playlists or albums for offline listening. But the key point you can't miss is that Spotify tracks, online or offline can be playable in Spotify application only. Put it another way, no matter you are free or premium Spotify user, you have no rights to move Spotify songs and playlists to other third-party software applications, including video editing tools.

The other reason why we can't convert Spotify playlists to iMovie is compatible issue. iMovie supported audio file formats are MP3, WAV, M4A, AIFF as well as AAC. But Spotify music files are encoded in Ogg Vorbis format, which can't be recognized by iMovie. As a result, even if you download Spotify files to your local folder on your computer by using a Spotify downloading tool, it's impossible to add downloaded Spotify music to iMovie due to different format. So, what should you do to copy music to iMovie from Spotify? You can read on this article to find the effective workaround.

Part 2. Download and Convert Spotify to iMovie Supported Format

Best Spotify Music Download and Converter

To solve the problems mentioned above, the only tool you need to equip with is AudFree Spotify Music Converter for Mac, which is one of the most excellent Spotify music downloading and converting tool. As an all-in-one Spotify playlist downloader and converter, it allows users to not only download Spotify content, including playlists, music and albums to local computer, but also convert Spotify tracks to MP3, FLAC, WAV, AAC and other iMovie compatible audio formats in accordance to your special needs.

What's more, it can preserve 100% original audio quality when converting Spotify files and it enables users to organize Spotify music library with the option of classifying output audio tracks by artist or album. With the help of this smart Spotify solution, you can easily import music from Spotify into iMovie without iTunes so that you use Spotify music as background music in your own video.

AudFree Spotify Music Downloader&Converter

audfree spotify converter
  • Remove DRM lock from Spotify songs/playlists/albums
  • Download and convert Spotify to MP3, FLAC, M4A, etc.
  • Add Spotify music to video editing tools, like iMovie, WMM, etc.
  • Work at 5X faster speed, edit music quality and parameters

Download Spotify Music as MP3 for iMovie

Please make sure you have downloaded and install Spotify app and AudFree Spotify Music Converter for Mac on your computer well. And then you can follow the detailed tutorial to download and convert Spotify songs to iMovie supported audio files.

Step 1Import Spotify music to AudFree
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Please make sure you have downloaded and install Spotify app and AudFree Spotify Music Converter for Mac on your computer well. And then you can follow the detailed tutorial to download and convert Spotify songs to iMovie supported audio files.
Step 2Set output format and other settings for iMovie
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iMovie supports MP3, WAV, M4A, AIFF and AAC. You can enter to the top menu to choose 'Preferences' -> 'Convert' option, setting window will pop up, in which you can choose one iMovie supported audio format as output format. Besides, you can also customize output parameters as you like, such as bit rate, sample rate, audio channel, etc.
Step 3Download and convert Spotify songs
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To start downloading and converting process, you just need to simply press the 'Convert' button at the bottom-right corner of the main interface. AudFree software will work at up to 5X faster speed to convert Spotify files to target iMovie files. To make the conversion process stable, you'd better to disable your Antivirus or Firewall firstly.

Part 3. How to Add Music to iMovie as BGM

Congratulations! Spotify tracks are downloaded to your local folder and saved as iMovie compatible files. Now, no matter for what purpose, you can insert music to iMovie from Spotify and add Spotify music to your exclusive videos in iMovie without problem. If you are the newbie in using iMovie, you can follow the step-by-step guide.

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Step 1. Open iMovie on your Mac or iOS device and launch your iMovie project. Please make sure you have transferred Spotify converted files to iTunes in advance. For how to do it, please visit: How to Transfer Spotify to iTunes Library.

Step 2. To add Spotify songs as background music in iMovie, please click Audio option and select iTunes from the sidebar. You can browser the target converted Spotify downloads that you’d like to add to your project.

Step3. Now, you can drag and drop the Spotify clip to the background music well. And then you will be able to position, trim and edit the added Spotify audio independently of clips in the timeline.

Sep. 25, 2018 17:50 pm

Posted by Charles Davis to Spotify Tips

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