How to Add Music to iMovie on iPhone/Mac/Windows from Spotify

By Elle Johnson

Updated on June 30, 2021

Can you add music from Spotify to iMovie? With built-in special effects and other customized features, iMovie scores highly in the minds of many video producers. And to insert an appropriate piece of background music, Spotify could be the most-used choice to search for music. 

In this article, I would like to share with you 2 detailed instructions. One is about how to add music to iMovie on iPhone from Spotify. And the other is about how to add music to iMovie from Spotify on Mac and Windows computers.

how to add music to imovie from spotify

Part 1. How to Add Music on iMovie from Spotify: Convert Formats

iMovie allows users to import and trim audio with ease. But it only supports a part of audio & media formats. Please check the form below to see which are them.

iMovie Compatible Audio FormatsiMovie Compatible Video Formats
MP3, M4A, AAC, WAV, AIFFMP4, MPEG-2, MOV, DV, AVCHD, HDV, MPEG-4, H.264

As it is known that Spotify music is OGG Vorbis format with digital protection. That is why you can’t add music to iMovie from Spotify — the audio format is incompatible. To add songs from Spotify to iMovie, it is essential to convert Spotify to MP3 or other iMovie compatible formats.

In the coming section, you will learn about a professional Spotify music converter that guides you to add music from Spotify to iMovie.


Part 2. How to Add Music to iMovie from Spotify: All-in-one Tool

Now we have to use a Spotify converter to convert Spotify music format then use Spotify in iMovie. AudKit Spotify Music Downloader is born for this stage. This powerful software is proficient in converting Spotify tracks to MP3, M4A, AAC, WAV, etc. at 5X faster speed. Put it in detail, it will take you only 10 minutes to convert a 1-hour Spotify playlist.

Furthermore, this tool is able to keep the originality of Spotify songs. During the conversion, it keeps 100% original sound quality from Spotify songs and maintains 100% same ID3 tags. After that, it is easy for you to add Spotify music to iMovie on iPhone, Mac, and Windows computers.

audkit spotify music converter

Main Features of AudKit Spotify Music Downloader

  • Download Spotify tracks for offline listening without Premium
  • Convert Spotify songs to MP3, AAC, WAV at 5X faster speed
  • Keep 100% audio quality and ID3 tags as the original songs
  • Enable users to add Spotify music to iMovie and other apps

Now please download and install AudKit Spotify Music Downloader from the link above. There is a free trial version of AudKit for every new user. The trial version offers a 1-min conversion for each Spotify song. To unlock the advanced features, please register for the full version in the official store.

Step 1 Add Spotify songs to AudKit

add spotify to audkit for imovie

Launch the converter and the Spotify desktop app will also open. Import your favorite Spotify to AudKit by dragging and dropping the item, or copying and pasting the URL of the song to AudKit.

Step 2 Change output format for iMovie

reset spotify to mp3 for imovie

Open the top menu bar, open ‘Preferences’ and ‘Convert’ in turn. Reset the output format to MP3 or what iMovie supported. You can customize other output settings, such as bit rate, sample rate, etc. if you want to.

Step 3 Download and Convert Spotify audios for iMovie

convert spotify songs for imovie

Click the ‘Convert’ tab to start conversion. Once the converting process ends, please follow the on-screen tips to locate the converted Spotify files in the local folder.


Part 3. How to Add Music to iMovie from Spotify on iPhone & Mac

3.1 How to Add Music to iMovie on iPhone from Spotify

Before you get Spotify music on iMovie on iPhone/iPad/iPod, you have to sync all required Spotify songs to your iPhone/iPad/iPod via iTunes. How to add music to iMovie without iTunes? You can use iCloud as well. Please follow the steps below to move Spotify songs to iMovie for further editing.

  1. Launch the iMovie app on the device and import your video clip.
  2. Open “Add Media” > “Audio” to choose the music item you need from the “Music” app on your phone. Or hit “My Music” to select songs from iCloud Drive.
  3. Click the selected song to preview it.
  4. Hit the ‘+’ icon beside the song to finish adding. Then drag the song to the timeline on the bottom and start editing or trimming it.

3.2 How to Add Spotify Music to iMovie on Mac

Mac users can direclty import Spotify songs to iMovie after using AudKit Spotify Music Converter for Mac. Please drag and drop the Spotify converted tracks from Finder to the timeline of iMovie.

You can also use the media browser within iMovie to access the local Spotify songs.

Step 1. Launch iMovie on the Mac. Open your project in the timeline and choose the “Audio” tab.

open audio in imovie

Step 2. In the sidebar, select “Music” to open your music library.

open music in imovie

Step 3. Choose your desired Spotify track and hit “Play” to preview it before importing.

Step 4. Drag the track you want to add to the timeline from the media browser. Now you can trim and edit it in iMovie.

3.3 Add Spotify music to iMovie on Windows

Please import the local Spotify music files to iMovie on Windows computers with the simple steps below.

  1. Import the converted Spotify files from the local folder to iTunes.
  2. Open the iMovie app on the computer and import your video project to start with.
  3. On the sidebar, find and hit the ‘Audio’ tab > ‘iTunes’ option.
  4. Select the track in the iTunes library and add it to the video project.
  5. Drag and drop the imported track of the timeline. You can freely edit it as you like.

Part 4. Video Tutorial: How to Add Music to iMovie from Spotify

How do you add music to iMovie from Spotify? In this article, 3 detailed methods have been given to guide you on how to use Spotify music on iMovie on iPhone, Mac, and Windows computers. If you want to save time on reading, please check this video demo which is more direct.

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