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How to Add Spotify Songs to iMovie Video Project as Background Music

Posted to Spotify Music Converter Tutorials by Linda Shaw on November 14, 2020

Summary

iMovie is one of the most popular video editing applications on Mac, iPhone or iPad, while Spotify is the largest streaming music service in the world. It's not strange that many iMovie users may want to use Spotify songs in iMovie video project as background music. Spotify songs can't be added to iMovie directly, but if you can convert Spotify songs to MP3/M4A with Spotify Music Converter, import the output files to Music app to resolve the problem easily.

Spotify Songs Can't Be Added to iMovie Directly

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In our daily life, we often share videos on YouTube, Tiktok or other websites or apps. Before sharing a video, we need to create videos with video editing software on Windows or Mac, or with video editing application on iOS or Android. iMovie, the intuitive yet powerful video editing application from Apple company, is provided for all Mac, iPhone and iPad users for free. However, as a part of Apple's ecosystem, iMovie is not available on Windows or Android.

Music always takes an important part in movie creation and video sharing. Spotify is the most popular streaming music service, as of September 30, 2020, there are more than 144 million paid users and over 320 million monthly active users including Spotify free users according to Spotify company information. It's not strange that many users use both Spotify and iMovie and want to use Spotify songs in iMovie video project as background music.

What kinds of music formats can be used in iMovie? The answer is MP3, M4A, WAV or AIFF as they are the music formats you can add to music library of iTunes or Music app on Mac. If you launch iMovie on Mac, create a new video project, import some video clips and photos and add them to project, then click "Audio" tab, you will find "Music", "Sound Effects" and "GagareBand" in the left panel. "Music" here refers to the Music app in macOS Catalina 10.15 or above.

Click "Music" and all your songs, including the ones you purchased from iTunes Store and the ones you added to music library from other sources, will be dislayed in a list. However, if you subscribed Apple Music and downloaded some Apple Music songs in Music app, you will find "xxx files are unplayable and unavailable". That is to say, downloaded songs from Apple Music which is the service from the same company of iMovie developer, can't be used in iMovie. If you realized the fact that Spotify is the biggest competitor of Apple Music, will you still think Spotify songs can be added to iMovie video project? Of course, there is no way.

Add music to iMovie video project

With Spotify Free, users even can't download songs from Spotify, so it's impossible to add songs to Music app from Spotify Free. With Spotify Premium, users can download songs for offline playback, however, the songs are protected Ogg files, which can't be added to iTunes or Music app, nor it can be converted by normal audio converters which can convert unprotected Ogg to MP3 or M4A. So it's also impossible to add songs to Music app from Spotify Premium.

If you still want to your favorite Spotify songs as background music in your iMovie video project, the only solution is to convert Spotify songs to MP3, M4A or WAV first. Luckily, we have TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter which is the best helper to add Spotify songs to iMovie.

Spotify Music Converter: Best Solution to Add Spotify Songs to iMovie

TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter

TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter can easily convert Spotify songs, albums and playlists to plain MP3, M4A or WAV files, and keep All ID3 tags like song title, album, artist, track number and artwork in output MP3/M4A files, regardless of Spotify plan you are using. If you are using Spotify Free, all audio ads will be skipped automatically.

TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter is very intuitive and easy-to-use, you only need to add Spotify links in the program, and Spotify Music Converter will get the rest done. You can either use drag & drop or copy & paste operation to add Spotify music to the program.

TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter allows you to rename output files by ID3 tags like song title, album, artist, track number, hyphen, space, etc. as well as sort output files into folders by album, artist or artist/album. On Windows, you can also enjoy 5X conversion speed.

Spotify Music Converter works with Spotify application, and it's fully compatible with latest Windows, Mac and Spotify. The free trial version allows you to convert 3 minutes of each song. If you want to add Spotify songs to iMovie video project, download the free trial version to have a try first.

Convert Spotify Songs to MP3/M4A/WAV and Add to iMovie Video Project

With TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter, adding Spotify songs to iMovie video project as background music is as easy as a piece of cake. Convert Spotify songs to MP3, M4A, WAV, etc., add the output files into Music app and then you can choose them from "Music" in iMovie. TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter is very easy-to-use, check the steps below for your reference.

Step 1: Launch TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter

Launch TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter, Spotify application will be also launched automatically. Please keep running Spotify in the background before the conversion is done.

TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter interface

Step 2: Add Spotify Songs

There are two ways to add Spotify songs, albums or playlist from Spotify to Spotify Music Converter. They are "drag & drop" and "link copy & paste". Both ways are very simple.

Drag & Drop: Simply display Spotify and Spotify Music Converter on the screen in the same time, drag songs, albums or playlists from Spotify and drop into Spotify Music Converter.

Drag Spotify songs and drop in Spotify Music Converter

Link Copy & Paste: Right-click a song, an album or a playlist in Spotify, move to "Share" and click "Copy Song Link", "Copy Album Link" or "Copy Playlist Link" to get the link first. Then go back to Spotify Music Converter, click "Add files" and paste the link in the blank bar displayed in the bottom left of the program, and click "Add" button.

No matter which way you use, Spotify Music Converter will detect all the songs in the album or playlist, check all the songs and ask you to choose, in case that you don't want to download some of the songs.

Drag Spotify songs and drop in Spotify Music Converter

Step 3: Choose MP3, M4A or WAV for iMovie

Spotify Music Converter provides MP3, M4A, WAV, FLAC and some other output audio formats. You need to choose from MP3, M4A or WAV because you need to add the output files into Music app for iMovie later. The default output format is 320kbps MP3 and it's good enough for iMovie, however, you can also click Options and click Advanced tab to change output format. If necessary, set how to rename and sort output files in General tab.

Step 4: Start Spotify Music Conversion

Now, simply click "Convert" button to start converting Spotify songs to MP3, M4A or WAV. After conversion, you can click "History" to find the converted songs and click the little blue folder icon locate the output files.

Converting Spotify songs to MP3

Step 5: Add Output Songs to Music App

Now, launch Music app and click menu "File" > "Import", browse the output folder of Spotify Music Converter and add the songs. Or you can import the folder to add all the songs in it.

Import songs to music app

Step 6: Create Movies with Spotify Songs in iMovie

Get back to iMovie, click "Audio" tab and click "Music", now the well-converted Spotify songs added to Music app can be found in the song list. Use your favorite Spotify songs as background music. After that, set Titles, Backgrounds and Transitions for your movie in respective tab. After everything is ready, you can click the up arrow button in the upper right to export your video project as MP4 video.

Export iMovie video project with background music

If you are using both Spotify and iMovie on iPhone or iPad, downloaded songs from Spotify Premium won't be displayed in iMovie either. What you need to do is to convert Spotify songs to MP3, M4A or WAV on Mac with Spotify Music Converter, add the output songs to Music app and transfer them to your iPhone or iPad. After that, you will be able to add well-converted Spotify songs to iMovie video project as background music.

Final Words

Spotify songs can't be added to iMovie directly, but Spotify Music Converter can easily resolve the problem. By converting Spotify songs to MP3 or M4A, you can not only use Spotify songs as background music in your iMovie video project, but also use them in other video editing software or DVD authoring software like Windows Movie Maker, Filmora, Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere, etc. If you are thinking of adding Spotify songs to iMovie, do not hesitate to download TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter to have a try first.