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

By Elle Johnson

Updated on September 10, 2020

With a user-friendly interface, built-in special effects, and other customized features, iMovie scores highly in the minds of many video producers. And it makes iMovie become the first choice of most iOS users when trying to making a video.

To create a great video, it is important to insert an appropriate piece of background music. It is easy to add music to iMovie, but it is not a simple thing to find free music resources. Streaming music sites are most commonly used to listen to and search for music, including Spotify, Apple Music, and so forth. Well, is there a way to add music to iMovie from these streaming music platforms?

In this article, I would like to take Spotify as an example, sharing with you the latest and simplest instruction on how to add music to iMovie from Spotify.

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Part 1. How to Add Music to iMovie: What You Should Know

Have you ever tried to download Spotify music with Spotify Premium account? Then trying to add music to iMovie from Spotify as BGM? If yes, you would find this method didn’t work. The reason is due to the following 2 reasons.

1. Spotify prevents users from playing and using Spotify music in other apps.

There is a series of digital protection built-in every Spotify song. Due to this protection, Spotify songs are only playable in the Spotify app and some Spotify-integrated apps. It is apparently that iMovie is not one of the official partners of Spotify.

2. Spotify OGG Vorbis format is not compatible with iMovie.

Spotify takes OGG Vorbis as the output format for saving songs. This free media file format is not supported by iMovie. Here are the supported audio and video formats in iMovie:

Audio Formats: MP3, M4A, AAC, WAV, AIFF

Video Formats: MP4, MPEG-2, MOV, DV, AVCHD, HDV, MPEG-4, H.264


Part 2. Add Music to iMovie from Spotify on Computer: All-in-one Solution

To completely clear the barriers mentioned above, here I would like to introduce an all-rounded solution to you. This method requires to use an additional tool called AudKit Spotify Music Downloader.

Specially designed for Spotify audios, this powerful software is proficient in downloading and converting Spotify audios to MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4A, M4B, and other frequently used audio file formats. The converted Spotify music files are all saved on the local computer, available for offline listening, transferring, and editing in any third-party program.

That means you are able to add these converted Spotify tracks to iMovie, just like adding the free audio tracks. Now you don’t need to search for free but bad audio tracks. Just pick your favorite songs from the biggest music library of Spotify. 

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Main Features of AudKit Spotify Music Downloader

  • Download Spotify tracks for offline listening without Premium
  • Convert Spotify songs to main audio formats at 5X faster speed
  • Keep 100% same quality and ID3 tags as the original songs
  • Enable users to move Spotify music to any speaker and player

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 music to audkit for imovie

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

Step 2 Modify output format for iMovie

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Open the top menu bar, open ‘Preferences’ and ‘Convert’ in turn. Reset the output format to 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

strat spotify conversion for imovie

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

Step 4 Add Spotify music to iMovie

Now you can import the local Spotify music files to iMovie on Mac 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 the timeline. You can freely edit it as you like.

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Part 3. How Do You Add Music to iMovie on iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch

It is also simple for any beginner to add Spotify music to iMovie on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and any other mobile device. Check and follow the guide to get your goal.

Step 1. Use iTunes to help to move Spotify music to your iPhone or other iOS devices.

Step 2. Launch the iMovie app on the device and import your video clip.

Step 3. Open ‘Add Media’ to choose the music item you need from the local music library. Hit the ‘+’ icon finish adding.

Step 4. Now you can edit, trim and merge any Spotify tracks in iMovie’s video item on iPhone, iPad, etc.

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