How to Add Music to iMovie from Spotify on Mac/iPhone/iPad [Updated]

Updated by Adam Gorden on Oct 28, 2022 6:12 PM.

"I have a full Premium account on Spotify, so I can download songs for offline use. But when I try to use Spotify music on iMovie, it just remains no response. Why? Do you know how to add music to iMovie from Spotify? Thanks." - Fabrizio from Spotify community

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Creating beautiful, funny, or captivating videos in iMovie is made possible. However, when trying to find an appropriate background music for their videos, many people feel difficult. Streaming music platforms, especially Spotify, could be a good place to access various music resource, but adding music to iMovie from Spotify is a hug problem for most people like Fabrizio.

As for now, there is no official solution to this issue yet, as Spotify music is licensed for use only within the Spotify app. That's to say, although Premium users can download songs, the music won't work in iMovie since Spotify is incompatible with iMovie. Fortunately, with a simple trick here, you can still add Spotify to iMovie. The following post will show you how to add music to iMovie from Spotify on Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

Part 1. Spotify Music in iMovie: What You Should Know
Part 2. Best Method to Add Spotify Song to iMovie hot tip
Part 3. How to Use Spotify Music in iMovie on Mac
Part 4. How to Add Music from Spotify to iMovie on iPhone/iPad
Part 5. FAQs about Adding Music to iMovie for Use
Part 6. Alternative to iMovie for Windows/Mac/Android/iPhone

Part 1. Spotify Music in iMovie: What You Should Know

As we know, iMovie is a free media editor developed by Apple, and is in bundle with Mac OS, iOS, and iPadOS. It provides advanced options for users to edit photos, videos, and audios with enhanced effects. However, iMovie only supports a limited number of media formats, such as MP3, WAV, AAC, MP4, MOV, MPEG-2, DV, HDV, and H.264. You can read the following table to learn the detailed audio and video formats supported by iMovie.

iMovie Supported Audio Formats MP3, WAV, M4A, AIFF, AAC
iMovie Supported Video Formats MP4, MOV, MPEG-2, AVCHD, DV, HDV, MPEG-4, H.264

Therefore, if the files are in different formats, you won't be able to add them into iMovie as expected. Unfortunately, that's the case with Spotify. To be specific, Spotify songs are encoded in OGG Vorbis format with DRM protection. Thus, Spotify music cannot be played outside of the Spotify app even if the songs are downloaded.

If you want to add Spotify songs to iMovie, you should first remove DRM from Spotify and then convert Spotify OGG songs to iMovie compatible formats like MP3. All you need is a professional third-party Spotify music converter. So, come into the next part, and get an effective workaround to help you add Spotify music to iMovie.

Part 2. How to Download Music from Spotify to iMovie

ViWizard Spotify Music Converter is such a useful tool. As an easy-to-use Spotify music downloader and converter, ViWizard enables you to download songs, albums, and playlists from Spotify no matter you're using a free or Premium Spotify account. Also, it will convert Spotify songs to MP3, AAC, WAV, or M4A that are supported by iMovie. Moreover, it's able to keep the original audio quality and ID3 tags as well.

You could install the version for Windows or Mac according to the operating system. Then you'll learn how to use ViWizard Spotify Music Converter to get rid of DRM restriction and convert Spotify music to MP3. Here are the complete steps you should follow.

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1Add Spotify Songs to ViWizard Program

Launch ViWizard Spotify Music Converter on your Mac or Windows, then wait till the Spotify music player is completely loaded. You can browse the Spotify store to find the songs you want to add into iMovie and then directly drag them to the main interface of ViWizard.

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2Choose the Output Format of Spotify

Move to the menu bar and select the Preferences option. Then click the Convert panel and select the output format, channel, sample rate, bit rate, and more. To make the Spotify songs editable with iMovie, you are highly suggested to set the output format as MP3.

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3Start the Conversion of Spotify to MP3

Click on the Convert button to start removing DRM from Spotify tracks and converting the audios to MP3 or other iMovie supported formats. After conversion, click on the History icon to locate the DRM-free songs.

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Once completing the conversion, you can easily add Spotify songs to iMovie on your Mac computer, iPhone, or iPad. In the following part, you'd know how to import music to iMovie from Spotify on Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

Part 3. How to Use Spotify Music in iMovie on Mac

In iMovie for Mac, you use the drag-and-drop feature to add audio files into the timeline from the Finder. Alternatively, you can use the media browser within iMovie to find your songs or other audio files. All you need to do is to follow these simple steps.

Step 1. In the iMovie app on your Mac, create a project or open your project in the timeline, then select Audio above the browser.

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Step 2. In the sidebar, select Music or iTunes to access your music library. Then the contents of the selected item appear as a list in the browser.

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Step 3. Browse to find the Spotify music track you want to add to your project, and click the Play button next to each song to preview it before adding.

Step 4. When you've found a Spotify song you like, simply drag it from the media browser to the timeline. Then you can trim and edit the track you add to the timeline in iMovie.

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

It's easier to use iMovie on your iPhone and iPad with your finger. But before using Spotify songs in iMovie, you need to transfer Spotify music to iPhone or iPad by using iTunes or iCloud first. Then you have the ability to import Spotify song to iMovie for further setting.

How to Add Spotify Music to iMovie on iPad

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Step 1. Fire up iMovie on your iPad and go to the project you want to add Spotify music as the background music.

Step 2. After opening your project, tap the + button at the top right corner.

Step 3. Tap Audio at the bottom right corner and select My Music to find your Spotify songs.

Step 4. Under My Music, tap Files to locate the folder where you save Spotify music files.

Step 5. Select a Spotify song you want to use in iMovie and tap the + button to add it. Now you can edit it in iMovie.

How to Add Spotify Music to iMovie on iPhone

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Step 1. Open iMovie on your iPhone and launch your project. Or you can create a new project.

Step 2. With your project open in the timeline, tap the Add Media button to add music.

Step 3. Tap Audio, and there are two option for you to find your songs. You can tap Music if you've moved Spotify songs to the Music app on your device. Or you can tap My Music to browse songs stored in iCloud Drive or another location.

Step 4. Choose a Spotify song you want to add as the background music in iMovie and go to preview it by tapping the selected song.

Step 5. Tap the + button next to a song you want to add. Then the song is added at the bottom of the project timeline, and start adding a sound effect.

Part 5. FAQs about Adding Music to iMovie for Use

And you'd have lots problems about adding music to iMovie. You can add background music to your project in iMovie with ease. But in addition, iMovie provides lots of other features to users to create more amazing videos. Here we'll answer those frequently asked questions.

Q1. How to Lower Background Music in iMovie?

A: After you add music tracks to your iMovie project, you can adjust the volume of the track to get the sound mix just right. To adjust the volume of an audio, tap the clip in the timeline, tap the Volume button at the bottom of the window, then adjust the slider to decrease the volume. For Mac users, just drag the volume control down.

Q2. How to Add Music to iMovie without iTunes?

A: It's possible to add music to iMovie without iTunes. You just need to find the sound you want to add, and then drag audio files like .mp4, .mp3, .wav, and .aif files from the Finder and the Desktop right into the timeline of your iMovie project.

Q3. How to Add Music to iMovie from YouTube

A: In fact, YouTube doesn't team up with iMovie, thus not able to directly add YouTube Music to iMovie. Fortunately, with a YouTube music downloader, then your problem will be solved.

Q4. How to Add Sound Effects in iMovie on Mac?

A: iMovie provides a library of sound effects to choose from, so you can add sound effects to your project with ease. In the iMovie app on your Mac, select an audio clip in the browser or timeline. Click the Video and Audio Effects button, select the Audio Effect option, and then click the audio effect you want to apply to the clip.

Q5. How to Fade out Music in iMovie on Mac?

A: Fades are commonly used audio transitions, and you can use fade-ins and fade-outs to control the volume of the audio in your project. Just position the pointer over the audio portion of a clip in the timeline to reveal fade handles. Then drag a fade handle to the point in the clip where you want the fade to begin or end.

Part 6. Alternative ti iMovie for Windows/Mac/Android/iPhone

Except for iMovie, there are lots of other video editing tools on the internet. No matter whether you want to add music to a video on your computer or mobile phone, you can find something else for editing your videos. Here are the two video editing tools that you can use on your computer and mobile device.

Alternative to iMovie for Windows/Mac

TunesKit AceMovi Video Editor is compatible with Windows and Mac computer, which provides a wealth of basic and advanced editing features such as crop, split, rotate, adjust speed, and more. It's easy to use this tool to create some funny and interesting videos.

adjust audio

Alternative to iMovie for Android/iPhone

InShot is a powerful all-in-one video editor and video maker with professional features. With this tool, you can add music, transition effects, text, emoji, slow motion, and other effects to your video on your iPhone and Android phone.

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iMovie gives you the ability to create lots of interesting movies at no addition cost. Meanwhile, thanks to ViWizard Spotify Music Converter, you can download Spotify music to iMovie for use. From the content above, you've known how to add msuic to iMovie from Spotify with the help of ViWizard Spotify Music Converter. If you have any problem, please feel free to contact us or leave your voice below. Hope you enjoy your editing in iMovie with songs from Spotify.

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