How to Add Music from Spotify to iMovie

By Liam Garcia

Updated on August 10, 2021

iMovie is a video editing software application developed by Apple Inc. for macOS and iOS devices. With iMovie, you can enjoy your videos like never before. It’s easy to browse your clips and create Hollywood-style trailers and stunning 4k-resolution movies. You can even edit on iPhone or iPad, then finish on your Mac. When you finish cutting and trimming your videos in iMovie, you will probably want to add music to them.

Luckily, adding music or sounds in iMovie is as simple as editing videos. You can add any audio contents in iMovie if they can be recognized by iMovie. Spotify, as an excellent streaming music service, gives you access to millions of music resources for free by logging into the app. However, there is no official method to tell you how to put music from Spotify into iMovie, and this article will let you know how to achieve Spotify to iMovie. Let’s get started.  

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Part 1. iMovie & Spotify: Supported Audio Formats

When you use music from Spotify in iMovie, the music from Spotify is not viewable iMovie. This means that the format of Spotify music is not supported and you can’t use it for your video. However, in this case, this is because that all music from Spotify is the streaming content instead of physical files. You need to extract music from Spotify to one of the iMovie-supported formats.

In fact, iMovie only supports a very small number of media formats. When you import media or open a library in iMovie 10.1.11 or later on a Mac with macOS Mojave, you should make sure that those media files are compatible with iMovie. Or you cannot use them in iMovie. So, to covert incompatible media files immediately, then you can add them to iMovie. Before the conversion, you should figure out what media files are compatible with iMovie.

Video formatsMP4, MOV, MPEG-2, AVCHD, DV, HDV, MPEG-4, H.264
Audio formatsMP3, WAV, M4A, AIFF, AAC

If you want to add audio in iMovie, you must choose between MP3, WAV, M4A, AIFF, and AAC. With the help of Tunelf Spotify Music Converter, you can download Spotify music to MP3 and add Spotify music to iMovie without limitation. Tunelf Spotibeat Music Converter is a professional music downloader and converter for Spotify users which can download Spotify music to popular audio formats like MP3 and remove DRM protection from Spotify music. 

Key Features of Tunelf Spotibeat Music Converter

  • Download Spotify playlists, songs, albums with free accounts easily
  • Convert Spotify music to MP3, WAV, FLAC, and other audio formats
  • Keep Spotify music tracks with the lossless audio quality and ID3 tags
  • Remove ads and DRM protection from Spotify music at 5× faster speed

Part 2. How to Download Spotify Music to iMovie

As mentioned above, to use Spotify songs on iMovie, you need to convert your songs to those formats compatible with iMovie. Now read on how to save Spotify songs to MP3 in three steps with the help of Tunelf Spotibeat Music Converter

Step 1 Add Spotify music to the converter

spotify music converter interface

Launch Tunelf Spotibeat Music Converter on your computer and it will automatically load the Spotify program. Then you need to log into your Spotify account and navigate to your library on Spotify. In order to add Spotify music to video, you need to choose some music tracks you want for your videos and then drag and drop them into the interface of the software for downloading.

Step 2 Configure the output audio parameters

select output format

Then, just go to Menu > Preferences > Convert and you could adjust the output audio settings. As only very few audio formats like MP3 can be compatible with iMovie, you need to choose MP3, WAV, M4A, or AAC as the output format for those Spotify songs. For getting better audio quality, you can change other audio parameters, including bit rate, audio channel, and sample rate.

Step 3 Begin to download Spotify songs to MP3

convert spotify music

Once all the settings are completed, you could click the Convert button to begin to download music from Spotify to MP3. Wait for a while and Tunelf software will save Spotify music tracks to your computer. After the downloading and conversion, you can go to browse all the converted Spotify songs in the converted list by clicking the Converted icon and achieve Spotify music to iMovie.

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

Once the downloading and conversion of Spotify music is completed, you’re prepared to upload Spotify music into iMovie for use. You could choose to add Spotify music to your iMovie project on your iOS device. Or you could edit Spotify songs in your iMovie project on Mac for creating a fun finished video. Here’s how to:

How to add Spotify songs to iMovie on iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch

Before adding Spotify music to iMovie, you need to move the converted Spotify music to your iOS devices using iTunes or iCloud first. Then you can add a variety of Spotify music files to your iMovie project:

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Step 1. With your project open in the timeline, tap the Add Media button.

Step 2. Tap Audio, then tap My Music to browse Spotify songs you’ve transfer to your device in the Music app.

Step 3. Choose a Spotify song you’d like to add to iMovie and tap the selected Spotify song to preview it.

Step 4. To add a Spotify song to your project, tap the Plus button next to a song and then your Spotify song is added at the bottom of the project timeline, starting at the beginning of your project.

How to add Spotify songs to iMovie on Mac

In iMovie for Mac, you can drag Spotify audio files right into your timeline from the Finder. You can also use Spotify songs from your music library and other locations using the media browser within iMovie.

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Step 1. With your project open, click Audio at the top of the window.

Step 2. To access your music library, click Music (or iTunes if you’re using macOS Mojave or earlier, you need to transfer Spotify to iTunes library in advance) in the Libraries list, then browse Spotify songs.

Step 3. To preview a Spotify song before you add it to the timeline, click the Play button next to each song.

Step 4. When you’ve found a Spotify song you like, drag it from the media browser to the timeline. Then your selected Spotify song will be added to your project in iMovie.

After you complete the transferring of Spotify songs to iMovie, you could edit Spotify songs on iMovie and trim them into different clips for your videos in iMovie. Then you could move those independent Spotify clips to the different positions in the timeline. You can also use multiple Spotify songs in a project.

Video Demo: How to Download Music from Spotify

This video will show how to download and convert Spotify playlists for iMovie using Tunelf Spotibeat Music Converter. Then you can use Spotify music on iMovie for getting more personalized video.


iMovie enables you to make your unique movies at no additional cost. But if you want to add Spotify music to iMovie as background music on your Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod, you should make Spotify songs playable in iMovie. The only method is to convert Spotify music to MP3 or other iMovie-supported formats by using Tunelf Spotibeat Music Converter.

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