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

Linda Shaw | October 4, 2022 | License plans: 1 month $14.95, 3 months $29.95 & more | Buy Windows Version | Buy macOS Version

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 on Mac may want to use Spotify songs in iMovie video project as background music. Spotify songs can't be added to iMovie directly, but you can convert Spotify songs to iMovie supported audio formats like MP3/M4A first to resolve the problem easily. And the ideal tool for adding Spotify Music to iMovie is TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter.

Failed to Add Spotify Music to iMovie on Mac

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We often share videos on YouTube, Tiktok or other websites or apps in our daily life. 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 quarter 2 of 2022, there are more than 188 million paid users and over 433 million monthly active users across 183 markets according to Spotify company information. Because of the popularity of Spotify and iMovie on Mac, it's not strange that many users want to use Spotify songs in iMovie video project as background music.

If you open Spotify, lanuch iMovie to create a new project or open an existing project, then drag a song from Spotify to iMovie, nothing will happen. We know that MP3, M4A, WAV and AIFF formats can be added to iMovie as background music, however, neither Spotify Free nor Spotify Premium are using these audio formats. As a streaming music service, Spotify Free doesn't allow users to download songs while Spotify Premium allows users to downloaded protected songs encoded in Vorbis Ogg format. The downloaded songs from Spotify Premium are protected and can't be converted to iMovie supported formats by all kinds of audio converters.

Add Spotify music to iMovie video project on Mac

As to iMovie supported audio files, as long as you have added them to iTunes or Music library, you can easily add them to iMovie. Launch iMovie on Mac, create a new video project or open an existing project, then click "Audio" tab on the top toolbar, you will find "Music", "Sound Effects" and "GagareBand" in the left panel. You can easily add songs from Music section. In fact, Music here refers to Music app on macOS Catalina 10.15 or above, considering downloaded Apple Music songs from Apple, Inc., the same company of iMovie developer, can't be used in iMovie, you will soon realize that Spotify songs can't be added to iMovie as Spotify is the biggest competitor of Apple Music.


Failed to Add Spotify Music to iMovie on iPhone & iPad

On iPhone or iPad, Tap iMovie icon to launch it and open a project first, then you can tap the "+" button under the preview window after adding photos or videos, then tap "Audio" and you will see "Soundtracks", "My Music" and "Sound Effects". There are built-in files in "Soundtracks" and "Sound Effects" while "My Music" is your music library of Music app on iPhone/iPad.

Steps to add music in iMovie

Spotify songs are absolutely not listed in Music app. Neither you can import Spotify songs from Spotify app into Music app. That's to say, you can't add Spotify songs to iMovie on iPhone/iPad directly either.

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 iMovie supported audio formats like MP3, M4A or WAV first. Luckily, we have TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter which is the best helper to add Spotify songs to iMovie video editing project as background music.


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

TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter helps you to convert your favorite Spotify songs, albums and playlists to MP3/M4A/WAV with ID3 tags retained. After conversion, you can add the output songs to iTunes or Music app, then you can add them from song list to iMovie project. If you are using iMovie on iPhone/iPad, you need to transfer the songs to your device first. Let's check why TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter is an ideal solution to add Spotify music to iMovie on both Mac and iPhone/iPad.

TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter

  • Support all Spotify plans including Spotify Free and Spotify Premium
  • Convert Spotify songs, albums and playlists to iMovie supported formats like MP3, M4A, WAV
  • Convert Spotify music with a built-in Spotify web player without using Spotify app
  • When using Spotify Free, skip advertisements automatically
  • Preserve ID3 tags like title, album, artist, track number and artwork
  • Sort output files into folders by artist, album, album/artist or artist/album
  • Rename output files in bulk by artist, title, album, track number, hyphen, space, etc.
  • Enjoy incredible 20X faster conversion speed on both Windows and macOS
  • Fully compatible with latest Windows and macOS (Intel & Apple silicon)

The free trial version of TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter can only convert 3 minutes of each song and convert 3 songs at a time. If you want to add Spotify songs to iMovie video project, you can 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. You just need to 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 to learn how to convert Spotify Music to iMovie supported audio formats.

Step 1: Launch TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter and Log in

Launch TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter and you will see a built-in Spotify web player. Click "Log in" button to log in your Spotify account with email address and password. If necessary, you can check "Remember me" option so that you don't need to log in the converter again next time.

Launch TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter

Step 2: Choose iMovie Supported Audio Format

iMovie can import MP3, M4A, WAV or AIFF files from Music app. TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter supports MP3, M4A, WAV, AIFF and FLAC as output formats. So just choose a suitable format. By default, AUTO option (256kbps M4A) is used. You can click Settings icon in the upper right to open Settings dialog to change output format, output folder, the way of renaming and sorting output files.

Spotify Music Converter output settings

Step 3: Choose Spotify Album or Playlist

Now go back to built-in Spotify web player and browse your favorite albums and playlist. Open the detailed page of an album or a playlist you want to convert.

Browse built-in web player

Step 4: Add to Conversion List

In the detailed page of an album or a playlist, you will see a button in the middle right. Move your mouse to the button and it will be changed to "Add to List". Click this button to add the album or the playlist to conversion playlist.

Add Spotify album/playlist to conversion list

Step 5: Select Songs

The converter will show you all the songs in a list with checked status. If necessary, you can uncheck any songs you don't want to convert.

Select songs

Step 6: Start Spotify Music Conversion

Now simply click the Convert button and selected Spotify songs will be converted to selected audio format for iMovie.

Converting Spotify songs

Step 7: 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. If you are still using iTunes on macOS Mojave 10.14.6 or lower OS, you need to use iTunes instead and the menu will be "File" > "Add Files to Library".

Import songs to music app

Step 8: Create Movies with Spotify Songs in iMovie

Get back to iMovie, open an existing video project, click "Audio" tab and go to "Music" section, now the well-converted Spotify songs can be easily found in the song list. Simply drag-and-drop your favorite Spotify songs to music timeline as background music. After that, set Titles, Backgrounds and Transitions for your movie in respective tab. When 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.


Bottomline

Spotify songs can't be added to iMovie directly, but TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter can easily resolve the problem in only a few clicks. 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 using Spotify songs and iMovie on Mac, TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter may be the helper to get suitable background music in your video masterpiece.