How to Add Spotify Music to GarageBand for Editing

Updated by Adam Gorden on Oct 13, 2022 11:35 AM.

Q: "I am a big fan of Spotify and often listen to music on Spotify. I want to download my Spotify playlist to my Mac and add my Spotify music to GarageBand. But can I use Spotify with GarageBand? How can I add Spotify music to GarageBand? I'm looking for a good solution, if anyone has one, please leave a comment below."


Can I import music from Spotify to GarageBand? How can I edit Spotify music with GarageBand? Why I cannot directly import Spotify songs to GarageBand? More than one person is involved in these issues. All Spotify and GarageBand users are extremely concerned about whether there is any solution.

Here we would talk about why you cannot directly use Spotify in GarageBand. And also, we introduce a detailed method to guide you on how to download music from Spotify to GarageBand. Just as easy to solve the problem.

Part 1. Can I Use Spotify in GarageBand for Editing?
Part 2. Method to Put GarageBand Songs on Spotify
Part 3. How to Import Music from Spotify to GarageBand
Part 4. How to Put GarageBand Songs on Spotify

Part 1. Can I Import Spotify Songs to GarageBand?

GarageBand is a line of digital audio workstations for macOS, iOS, and iPadOS devices that allows users to create music or podcasts. The music and podcast system of GarageBand enables users to create multiple tracks with pre-made MIDI keyboards, pre-made loops, an array of various instrumental effects, and voice recordings.

GarageBand is developed by Apple that is compatible with Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. And it accepts various unprotected audio files, including MP3, AAC (except protected AAC files), WAV, CAF, AIFF, and Apple Lossless. However, all songs from Spotify are encoed in the format of OGG Vorbis with digital rights management protection.

So, the answer to that question is that you cannot directly add Spotify music to GarageBand for editing. On one hand, GarageBand doesn't support the format of Spotify music. On the other hand, GarageBand doesn't work for streaming music from Spotify.

Part 2. Best Method to Get Spotify Music in GarageBand

As we all know, all Premium users have the right to download music from Spotify. But all songs downloaded from Spotify are still cache files which cannot be used in GarageBand. So, what should you do? One way is to download music from Spotify and convert Spotify to GarageBand supported audios with the help of ViWizard Spotify Music Converter. Then you can use GarageBand to play and edit music from Spotify freely.

2.1 What You'll Need: ViWizard Spotify Music Converter

ViWizard Music Converter for Spotify is a brilliant DRM removal tool for Spotify users. It is specically designed to download convert songs, albums, playlists, and podcasts from Spotify to six popular formats like MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4A, and M4B. If you want to use Spotify music in GarageBand, then ViWizard Spotify Music Converter could be a good helper. With this tool, you can save Spotify songs to MP3, AAC and WAV that are compatible with GarageBand.

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2.2 How to Download and Convert Spotify Music to MP3

ViWizard software is available on both Windows and Mac computer. You can download and install the free trial version of ViWizard Spotify Music Converter. Then follow the detailed tutoril to learn how to download music from Spotify to MP3.

Step 1Drag Songs, Albums, or Playlists from Spotify to ViWizard

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Launch ViWizard Spotify Music Converter after you successfully install it on your personal computer. Spotify will be opened automatically. Search and find all playlists and songs on Spotify you want to apply to GarageBand. Drag those playlists and songs to the main page of ViWizard Spotify Music Converter directly.

Step 2Set the Output Audio Format Supported by GarageBand

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After successfully adding all playlists and songs to ViWizard, you can set the output audio format for GarageBand such as MP3. Then you can also adjust the music preferences like audio channel, bit rate, sample rate, and others according to your demand. After completing the settings, click on the OK button to save them.

Step 3Begin to Download Songs from Spotify to MP3 in Bulk

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Once all music preference has been set up, you can start the conversion by clicking the Convert button in the bottom right corner. Wait for a while until all the Spotify music files have been converted. You can check the downloaded DRM-free Spotify music in the local folder and transfer them to GarageBand for creating new music.

Part 3. How to Add a Song from Spotify to GarageBand

Now all Spotify songs have been downloaded to the local folder on your computer. Then you can directly add Spotify music to GarageBand for using on your Mac or freely transfer them to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch for use in GarageBand. Here we'll show you how to import music from Spotify to GarageBand on Mac and iPhone.

How to Put Spotify Songs into GarageBand on Mac

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Step 1. Open GarageBand. Click the GarageBand app icon which resembles a guitar. The app may be on your dock. Or you can search GarageBand in the spotlight feature.

Step 2. Import Music. Click on the small Media Browser button at the far bottom right of the GarageBand window.

Step 3. Drag Music. When the browser opens, choose either Audio at the top. Then expand the category and drag your Spotify music files onto the portion of the screen in the middle where it shows Drag Apple Loops here.

Step 4. Output songs. Click the Play button to begin editing the song you have dragged onto the loop. Before splitting, make sure that the track with the song in it is selected. Click on the little music note button and select the GarageBand cursor around to any second of the song. Or go to add some effects and edit the track with other effects. Finally, output your customized music.

How to Put Spotify Music to GarageBand on iPhone


Step 1. Sync Spotify Music to iPhone. Open a Finder window and connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable. Then find your device appears in the sidebar of the Finder window and go to sync Spotify songs to your iPhone using the Finder.

Step 2. Launch GarageBand. After opening GarageBand on your iPhone, go to Tracks View → Loop Browser → Music to preview the songs that you'd like to import.

Step 3. Add Spotify Music. When choosing Files or Music at the top, you can navigate to browse your Spotify music and choose the ones you want to add then confirm the action. Or you can directly drag and drop the songs to show Tracks view.

Part 4. How to Upload GarageBand to Spotify for Playing

After creating new tracks with GarageBand, you can export them to your computer. Is it possible to upload GarageBand songs into Spotify for listening? Sure! You are able to import them into your music library in Spotify. Because Spotify support adding local files for playing. Here's how to.

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Step 1. Open Spotify and click your profile image in the top-right then select Settings.

Step 2. Scroll down to find Local Files and switch Show Local Files on.

Step 3. Turn on or off the folders you want Local Files to have access to. Click Add a source to select another folder.

Step 4. Find your stored tracks in the Local Files folder in Your Library


With the assistance of the ViWizard Spotify Music Converter, you can freely compose music downloaded from Spotify in GarageBand to create your personal music and set Spotify music as ringtone iPhone. We need to remind you that the trial version of ViWizard only can output one-third of each Spotify song. For downloading the full version of each Spotify song, you need to purchase the official version to lock all functions of the software. Maybe you are interested in the topic "How to Add Apple Music to GarageBand".

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