How to Add Spotify Music to iMovie

Can you add music to iMovie from Spotify? iMovie is a built-in video editor that installed on iOS and macOS systems. With concise but useful design, iMovie can help you cut and trim video clips, add special effects, put background music in a proper place, etc.

As one of the biggest streaming music services, Spotify is no doubt the best place for music lovers to get their favorite music resources for free.

Now let's look back to the original question. The disappointing answer is that you can't put Spotify Music to iMovie directly. But the good news is that there is an actual way to add Spotify music to iMovie. In the next paragraph, I am going to tell you the principle of this method and the operation of it.

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Part 1. Why Can't Use Music from Spotify in iMovie

To add music to iMovie from Spotify, the first step is to download Spotify music on your local device, which not just require you to subscribe to Spotify's premium plan. The point is, even if you are Spotify premium subscriber, tracks that downloaded from Spotify are only playable on the Spotify app. It is not possible to transfer those Spotify songs to iMovie.

In addition, the downloaded Spotify music is also protected. It is a special format called Ogg Vorbis, while iMovie only supports common audio formats like MP3, WAV, M4A, AIFF, AAC, etc. So that means original Spotify files are not adapted to iMovie.

Part 2. Download and Convert Spotify Music for iMovie

To completely solve the issue mentioned above, you need to convert Spotify OGG Vorbis to MP3 or any other universal formats. Here, DRmare Spotify Music Converter is the best lifesaver of your Spotify streams, being proficient in converting Spotify to MP3, FLAC, WAV, AAC, M4A, M4B, and downloading it as local files with 100% original quality kept. You can also find 100% raw ID3 tags in the converted files, including titles, artists, albums, track numbers, etc.

DRmare Spotify Music Converter

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  • Convert Spotify OGG Vorbis to MP3, M4A, M4B, FLAC, WAV, etc.
  • Batch process hundreds of Spotify tracks at a 5X faster speed
  • Transfer Spotify files to iMovie, Windows Movie Makers, etc.
  • Keep full ID3 tags and archive the converted files to local folder

Except for the main features above, this smart tool is designed with a simple interface, small size but amazing running functions. Taking full use of the latest technology, the converting speed could reach to 5X faster with a normal network situation. In the registered version, you can add a maximum of 100 songs to DRmare that it can be downloaded and converted in a once-through process. 

Now let's see the specific steps of how to download and convert Spotify music to your local device.

Step 1Drag and drop songs from Spotify to DRmare
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Open DRmare Spotify Music Converter. The Spotify app will automatically open later. Just drag and drop the song from Spotify to the empty field of the main interface of DRmare. Then click the '+' icon beside. Or you can copy the link of the audio, and paste it to the search bar in DRmare. Wait a few seconds till they are all loaded to DRmare.
Step 2Modify the output settings for iMovie
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On the Windows machine, please find the hamburger icon from the top title bar of DRmare. Then tap Preferences > Convert. On the Mac machine, please go to the top-left corner where you can find the menu of Mac. Then choose DRmare Spotify Music Converter. On the opened Settings page, you can reset the output formats to MP3 and other parameters such as bit rate, sample rate, channel, etc.
Step 3Download Spotify songs for iMovie
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When you are satisfied with the customized settings, press the Save button to commit the results. Then click the big Convert button to start converting. After the conversion is done, please follow the on-screen guides to check the local folder. In there, all converted Spotify tracks are local, unprotected and available to import to iMovie.

Part 3. How to Add Music to iMovie from Spotify [Video Tutorial]

Now you can transfer Spotify converted files to the Apple Music library in advance. For how to do it, please refer to: How to Transfer Spotify Playlist to Apple Music

Then you can continue the following steps to put Spotify music to iMovie.

Step 1. Open iMovie on your Mac computer and open your iMovie project.

Step 2. Check the Audio option and choose iTunes from the sidebar. Just browse the target folder that contains Spotify downloads. Then select what you like to your project.

Step 3. Directly drag and drop the Spotify audio to iMovie as the background music. Then you are free to split, edit, add effects to the added Spotify clip in the timeline.

To learn how does it work in an easier way, you can also check this quick video tutorial:

Posted on Nov 18, 2019 5:15 PM / Post for Spotify Music Tips

Harry Zamorski

Staff Editor

Harry Zamorski is a music enthusiast who writes a lot of reviews of hot music and helpful tips for playing Spotify music anywhere.