Add Spotify Songs to iMovie as BGM

If you are using both Spotify and iMovie on Mac or on iPhone/iPad, have you ever thought of adding Spotify music to iMovie as background music? Converting Spotify songs to MP3 or M4A with TuneKeep Spotify Music Converter is the best solution for this problem.

Posted to Spotify Music Converter Tutorials by Tim Cruel on November 11, 2020 | Buy Now

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iMovie is a free and easy-to-use video editing application developed by Apple, it's now available on Mac, iPhone and iPad and unavailable for Windows and Android. It's widely used by video editing beginners on Mac, iPhone or iPad. iMovie allows you to create videos from your video clips, photos and songs. iMovie provides plenty of built-in titles, backgrounds and transition effects which you can easily add or apply to your video editing project.

iMovie allows you to use songs in Music app, built-in sound effects and audio creations in GarageBand as background music. What to do if you are using Spotify and want to use your favorite Spotify songs in your iMovie video project? The solution is to use TuneKeep Spotify Music Converter to convert Spotify songs to MP3 or M4A first.

Table of contents
1. Spotify Songs Can't Be Added to iMovie as Background Music
2. TuneKeep Spotify Music Converter: The Best Helper to Add Spotify Songs to iMovie
3. Convert Spotify Songs to MP3 or M4A and Add to iMovie as Background Music

Spotify Songs Can't Be Added to iMovie as Background Music

Before adding your favorite Spotify songs to iMovie as background music, let's check what audio formats can be accepted by iMovie. Actually, iMovie accepted audio formats are same as the audio formats which can be added to iTunes or Music app. That is to say, iMovie supported audio formats are MP3, M4A, WAV or AIFF.

Launch iMovie on your Mac, create a new video project, add video clips and photos to "My Media" as materials. In the bottom panel of "My Media" tab, any one can find the message "drag and drop video clips and photos from browsers above to start creating your movie". It's simple and there is no need for further explanation. Now click "Audio" tab and you will find "Music", "Sound Effects" and "GarageBand" in the left panel. "Music" here actually refers to Music app on macOS Catalina 10.15 or later. And there are plenty of sound effects available in "Sound Effects". If you have created some music files with GarageBand, you can also click GarageBand to import.

Now let's get back to Music. If you click "Music" and you will see the list of your songs in Music library with Apple Music songs excluded. If you use Apple Music as well, have downloaded some Apple Music songs in Music app, the error message that "xxx files are unplayable and unavailable" will be displayed at the bottom of the song list.

Apple Music songs not available in iMovie

When the songs from Apple Music, a streaming music service from Apple which is the same developer of iMovie, are not displayed in iMovie nor they can be used as iMovie background music, how could you imagine that Spotify songs can be used in iMovie video project? Do not forget that Spotify is also the biggest competitor of Apple Music. Besides, you are not allowed to download songs with Spotify Free, nor encrypted Ogg songs from Spotify Premium can be added to iTunes or Music app.

So if you need to add your favorite Spotify songs to iMovie video project as background music, you will have to convert Spotify songs to iMovie supported audio format first. Luckily, TuneKeep Spotify Music Converter can help to resolve the problem with ease.

Spotify Music Converter: The Best Helper to Add Spotify Songs to iMovie

TuneKeep Spotify Music Converter, as its name indicates, can easily convert Spotify songs, albums and playlists to MP3, M4A, WAV, FLAC, etc. with music information retained. Both Spotify Free and Spotify Premium are supported. It's the best solution when you encounter of problem of adding Spotify songs to iMovie.

TuneKeep Spotify Music Converter Features

  • Convert Spotify songs, albums and playlists to MP3, M4A, WAV, FLAC, etc.
  • Convert Spotify music regardless of Spotify Free or Spotify Premium
  • Skip advertisements automatically when using Spotify Free
  • Keep ID3 tags like song title, artist, album, artwork, etc.
  • Rename output files by song title, artist, album, hyphen, space, etc.
  • Sort output files into folders by album, artist or artist/album
  • Support 5X faster conversion speed when using Windows version
  • Fully compatible with latest Windows, Mac OS and Spotify application

Convert Spotify Songs to MP3 or M4A and Add to iMovie as Background Music

TuneKeep Spotify Music Converter is intuitive and easy-to-use. You can easily convert Spotify songs to MP3, M4A or WAV in only a few clicks. Let the guide below to learn how to convert Spotify songs and add them to iMovie as background music.

Step 1: Launch TuneKeep Spotify Music Converter

Launch TuneKeep Spotify Music Converter and Spotify will be also launched automatically. Please do not close Spotify before the conversion is done and just keep running Spotify in the background

TuneKepp Spotify Music Converter interface

Step 2: Add Spotify Music

You can use either "drag & drop" or "link copy & paste" to add Spotify songs to Spotify Music Converter.

"Drag & Drop": display both Spotify and Spotify Music Converter on the screen at the same time, then drag Spotify songs, albums or playlists from Spotify to Spotify Music Converter.

Drag Spotify Music Songs to Converter

"Link Copy & Paste": right-click a song, an album or a playlist in Spotify, move mouse to "Share" and click "Copy Song Link", "Copy Album Link" or "Copy Playlist Link" to get the link first. Then go to Spotify Music Converter, click "Add" button and paste the copied link in the blank displayed in bottom left. Then click "Add" button.

Copy Spotify Playlist Link

By using either way to add Spotify songs, Spotify Music Converter will automatically detect all the songs in the album or playlist and check all the songs by default. Simply untick the checkboxes if you don't want to download the songs. After that, click "Add" button to add the songs to conversion list.

Step 3: Choose iMovie Supported Output

By default, Spotify Music Converter will use 320kbps MP3 as output format, which is good for iMovie. If necessary, you can click Options, click "Advanced" tab to change output format to M4A or WAV which can be accepted by iMovie as well. Click "General" tab to set how to rename the output files and sort the output files in folders.

Spotify conversion list

Step 4: Start Spotify Music Conversion

When everything is ready, simply click "Convert" button to start conversion. After conversion, click History button and click the little folder icon to open the output folder and locate the output files.

Downloading Spotify Music

Step 5: Add Output Files to Music App

Now, launch Music app and click menu "File" & "Import" and browse the output folder of TuneKeep Spotify Music Converter to add the output songs to Music library. In fact, you can also import a folder directly to import all the songs in it. If you are using macOS Mojave 10.14 or older Mac, launch iTunes and click menu "File" & "Add File to Library" to add the output songs.

Import songs to Music app

Step 6: Create Videos with iMovie and Well-converted Spotify Songs

After adding the well-converted Spotify songs to Music app, you should be able to find the songs in the list when click "Music" under "Audio" tab. Just drag your favorite song to audio track section in the bottom panel of iMovie. After that, add your favorite titles, backgrounds and transition effect on other tabs depending on your need. When you feel satisfied with iMovie video project, click up arrow button in the upper right and click "Export File" to create SD/HD MP4 video or choose other options if necessary.

Export file in iMovie

In this way, any one can use his/her favorite Spotify songs as background music when creating videos with iMovie. One surprise is that you don't have to be a Spotify Premium subscriber.

If you are using iMovie app on iPhone or iPad, you won't be able to add songs from Spotify app either. The solution is the same, just follow the steps above to convert Spotify songs to MP3, M4A or WAV and add to Music app first, then connect your iPhone/iPad to your Mac with USB cable, and transfer the songs to music library on your iPhone or iPad. After that, adding Spotify songs to iMovie video project on iPhone/iPad won't be a problem any more.

Conclusion

iMovie may be the most popular free video editing application on Mac or iPhone/iPad, while undoubtedly Spotify is the largest streaming music service in the worldwide. How to add Spotify songs to iMovie video project as background music has become a common question among many iMovie and Spotify users. With TuneKeep Spotify Music Converter, resolving the thorny problem of adding Spotify music to iMovie is just as easy as a breeze. If you are using both iMovie and Spotify, do not hesitate to download TuneKeep Spotify Music Converter to have a try first.