Want to import Spotify Music on iMovie for your video project? In this post, you will see detailed guide to convert Spotify music to M4A and MP3 audio formats supported by iMovie, and then import them to as iMovie BGM on iPhone, iPad or Mac computer.

“I am a premium subscriber of Spotify Music. I want to make a birthday video for my girlfriend, and I need to use a Spotify songs as the background music of the video. Can I import Spotify Music into iMovie on my iPhone 11?”

You may also encounter the same problem when you want to add music from Spotify to iMovie as background music. It’s easy to import local music to the iMovie, but there is no a straight way to import Spotify songs into iMovie directly. When you tried it, you would find that any attempt will end in failure. Why?

add music from spotify to imovie

Part 1. Downloaded Spotify Music Can’t Be Imported to iMovie Directly

Even though Spotify Premium subscribers can download Spotify songs to their computer or mobile device, they are also prohibited from adding Spotify songs to iMovie or other programs. Because each of Spotify tracks is OGG format protected by DRM (Digital Rights Management), that is for personal stream only. In addition to listening, Spotify will prevent users from freely using Spotify songs, such as setting Spotify songs as alarms on mobile phones, burning Spotify music to CD, and importing Spotify music into iMovie for video projects, which brings a lot of inconvenience to users.

So is there an alternative way to import Spotify music to iMovie? The answer is Yes. If you can convert Spotify music to a format supported by iMovie, then everything will become easy. Currently, the formats supported by iMovie include:

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

Part 2. Convert Spotify Music to MP3/M4A for iMovie Using TunesBank

TunesBank Spotify Music Converter comes in handy when you import music from Spotify to iMovie or other players and devices. It is an amazing Spotify Music Converter, which will help you convert Spotify music to DRM-free MP3, M4A, WAV, FLAC audio format to be compatible with iMovie. Better yet, it will preserve all ID3 tags and meatadata, such as artist, track number, album, genre, etc. In this way, you can take songs outside from Spotify and import them to iMovie for your video project.

Features of TunesBank Spotify Music Converter:

  • Download music, albums, playlist from Spotify without Premium.
  • Convert Spotify Music to plain MP3/M4A/FLAC/WAV audios.
  • Convert Spotify music at 10X faster speed with lossless quality.
  • Keep all ID3 tags information in the output MP3/M4A files.
  • Import Spotify music to iMovie, iTunes, Google Drive, OneDrive, etc.
  • Enjoy Spotify music offline on any device or burn them to CD.

Tutorial: How to Add Music from Spotify to iMovie

Step 1. Install and Launch TunesBank Spotify Music Converter
First of all, run TunesBank Spotify Music Converter on your Mac or Windows computer.

launch Spotify Music Converter

Then click “Open the Spotify web player” button, and click “LOG IN” to log in your Spotify Premium or Free account.

Step 2. Add Spotify Music to TunesBank
The next step is to add music from Spotify to TunesBank program. You can select the songs, album or playlist you would like to convert in Spotify, and drag and drop them to TunesBank’s window.

Add Spotify Songs

Step 3. Set Output Settings
To add songs from Spotify to iMovie, we recommend MP3 or M4A format. Please select M4A or MP3 in the “Convert all files to:” option.

select mp3 format

Then go to the menu bar, choose “Preferences” to set other output settings. It will pop-up a small window, here you can set up the Bitrate, Sample rate and Channels according to your needs.

adjust output settings

Step 4. Start to Convert Spotify Music for iMovie
Now, hit on “Convert All” button to convert Spotify music to MP3 or M4A format. The conversion speed can be up to 5 times, just wait patiently.

convert spotify songs to m4a

Once finished, please go to the “Finished” section to view the converted Spotify MP3/M4A songs. Then you can import them to the video using iMovie!

get mp3 music files

Part 3. Add Converted Spotify Music to iMovie on iPhone/iPad

To use Spotify music as iMovie BGM on iPhone and iPad, you need to transfer the converted Spotify music files to iDevice before you can import them to iMovie for setting as a soundtrack of your video project.
Step 1. Transfer Converted Spotify MP3/M4A Songs to iDevice in 2 Ways

1) Transfer Converted Spotify MP3/M4A Songs to iPhone/iPad via Transfer Tool
To move any files to iOS device, you can rely on iOS & Android Manager. This excellent tool not only can help you manage media files on iOS & Android device, but also let you transfer your music, videos and photos to the devices with ease.

Just install and launch iOS & Android Manager program on your computer, then use USB cable to connect the iOS device to computer. Finally, click “Music” > “Add File” or “Add Folder” to transfer the converted Spotify MP3 or M4A songs to iPhone.

transfer spotify songs to iphone

2) Transfer Converted Spotify MP3/M4A Songs to iPhone/iPad via iTunes
Launch iTunes program on your Mac or PC, then directly drag and drop the converted Spotify MP3/M4A songs to iTunes. Next, connect your iPhone or iPad with iTunes via USB cable, then tap on your device icon. Then Click “Music” > “Sync Music” > “Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres”. Finally, select “Recently added” > “Apply” to import the songs.

transfer spotify music to iphone

Step 2. Add Spotify Music to iMovie item from iPhone/iPad
Start iMovie app on your iPhone or iPad, then open your iMovie project. Tap on the “+” button, and select “Audio” > “My Music”. Then find the song you want to use in the “Playlists, Albums, Artists or Songs”. In the end, click the plus (+) to import it into your video project.

add spptify music to imovie on iphone

Part 4. Add Converted Spotify Music to iMovie on Mac

For Mac users, there is also another way to use Spotify music in iMovie, you can put them to iMovie as background music on your Mac. You can refer to the following steps:

Step 1. Firstof all, run the iMovie program on your Mac computer, then pick the movie project which you want to add Spotify music. If you don’t have one, then you can create a new video item.

Step 2. Then simply drag and drop the converted Spotify song to the video project. Or you can click “Import”, and select the converted Spotify song, then click the “Import Selected File”.

import spotify music to imovie on mac

After that, you can edit the music as needed, adjust the volume and set audio fade in/fade out effects, etc. Select the background music clip, right-click it, and then select “Show Clip Trimmer”> “Trim to PlayHead” to customize it.

Extra Tips: By the way, you can also add Spotify songs to any video editing software, such as Windows Movie Maker, OpenShot, Cyberlink PowerDirector, Adobe Premiere, VideoPad, etc. For Windows users, you can also add the converted Spotify songs to your video project on Windows Media Player or VLC Media Player. For Android users, you can add the songs as BGM to your video project via AndroVid, VidTrim, Video Maker Pro Free app.

Final Words

With the help of Tunesbank Spotify Music Converter, you can easily convert Spotify music and playlist to unprotected MP3, M4A, FLAC or WAV with lossless audio quality. In this way, you can import the converted Spotify songs to iMovie as BGM on iPhone, iPad or Mac. In addition, now you can transfer the converted Spotify tracks to any device for offline enjoying!, such as MP3 player, iPod nano, PSP, Xbox and more devices, or even burn them to a CD!

Add Music from Spotify to iMovie


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