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How to Add Music to iMovie

As one of the most popular products in Apple's video editing products, iMovie is deeply loved by video editing enthusiasts. A good video not only has a good plot, but also needs to be accompanied by a good soundtrack. As creators, you are more inclined to add your favorite music to their works. In this article, we will tell you how to add your favorite music to iMovie.

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Part 1: How to Add Music to iMovie on Mac

Songs from your music library in the Music app can be imported into iMovie for Mac using the iMovie media browser. You can also drag audio files right into your timeline from the Finder.

You can use the media browser in iMovie to add songs that you’ve retrieved to the music library on your Mac, as well as songs and other music recordings that you've added to your music library.

  • Step 1: With your project open, click Audio at the top of the window, then click Music in the Libraries list, then browse selections.
  • Step 2: To preview a song, click the play button next to each song. You can also select a song, click in the waveform at the top of the media browser, then press the Spacebar to preview.
  • Step 3: When you’ve found the song you like, drag it from the media browser to the timeline:
  • Step 4: Drag a song or sound effect under a video clip so a bar connecting the clips appears if you want to add it to a specific video clip. The accompanying song will move with the video clip if you move it.
  • Step 5: Drag songs to the music well, denoted by the musical note icon at the bottom of the timeline, to create the background or theme music for your film. If you move any video clips in the timeline, the song won't change.
  • If you only want to use a part of the song, select a range in the waveform at the top of the browser so the range has a yellow border, then drag the range to the timeline. Drag either side of a range selection to shorten or lengthen it.

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    Part 2: How to Add Music to iMovie on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

    iMovie may access any audio files kept on your device, in iCloud Drive, or in another location, as well as tracks from your music collection in the Music app on your device.

  • Step 1: With your project open in the iMovie timeline, tap the Add Media button.
  • Step 2: Tap Audio, tap My Music, then tap a category to browse songs.
  • Step 3: Tap a song to preview it. If a song is dimmed, locate the song in the Music app, then tap the Download button for the song to download it to your device.
  • Step 4: Tap the Add Audio button next to a song to include it in your project. iMovie automatically places the song at the beginning of the project and automatically fits it to the length of the project.
  • You can change the length of the song. You can also use more than one song in a project. For instance, you can cut the first song in the timeline and add a different song after it if you want to change the mood of the music throughout your film.

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    Part 3: How to Add Music to iMovie from Apple Music

    From the Finder, you can simply drag audio files like M4A, MP4, MP3, WAV, and AIFF into the timeline of your iMovie project. Drag audio files under a specific clip to attach them to the video clip, or drag them to the music well for background music.

    To download Apple Music, NoteCable Atunes Music Converter is specially designed to record tracks from Apple Music and convert them to common formats for offline playback. According to different needs, NoteCable enables you to download music as MP3, AAC, WAV, AIFF, ALAC or FLAC format.

    Tool Required – NoteCable Atunes Music Converter

    It is 100% clean & safe with stable performance. All tracks downloaded with NoteCable are available for lifetime streaming and are playable without any restriction. Plus, it requires no need to install any extra app.

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    NoteCable Atunes Music Converter

  • Record songs from Apple Music.
  • Convert music to MP3/AAC/WAV/FLAC/AIFF/ALAC format.
  • Keep original audio quality and ID3 tags after conversion.
  • Support 10X faster conversion speed.
  • No need to install Apple Music app.
  • Free updates & technical support.
  • Windows 11,10,8.1,8,7 fully compatible.
  • Support up to 48 languages.
  • Steps to Download Apple Music for iMovie

    Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to download Apple Music songs to your devices and add them to your iMovie.

    Step 1Install and Run the NoteCable Atunes Music Converter and Choose Conversion Mode

    * If you don't see the "Choose Conversion Mode" option in Step 1, simply move on to Step 2.

    Launch the NoteCable Atunes Music Converter on your computer. And then you can choose App Mode or Webplayer Mode as your conversion mode.

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    Step 2 Sign into Your Apple Music Account

    Simply choose Webplayer Mode on your computer. On the front page, tap on the Sign in entrance. You ought to enter the necessary information to access your Apple Music content.

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    Step 3Customize the Output Settings

    Please go to the Settings part on the left bar. There you can set up the output format, output sound quality, output folder, output file name according to your needs. In order to add music to iMovie, you are suggested to select MP3, MAV, AIFF as output formats.

    set Apple Music the output format

    If you are used to putting all downloaded songs in one folder, you can set up the option to None on the output organized column.

    Step 4Choose Apple Music Playlists to Convert

    Open the radio, song, playlist or album you want to export from Apple Music. Click on the cover and you will find the Click to add button on your right-hand side, which is used to detect and list the songs. On the pop-up, all tracks will be checked by default.

    If you don’t want to get all of them, you can uncheck the box beside Title and tick off what you need manually or you can select Converted Filter option to filter the repeated songs that you’ve converted before.

    Click the Convert button and all thing you should do is to patiently wait until all the songs finished converting.

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    Step 5 Check out the History

    After downloading, you could navigate to Converted to view the converted Apple Music tracks. Tap the Folder icon after the songs, you can reach out to the local file. Now, you have saved Apple Music albums, songs and playlists on your PC or Mac, you can listen to the converted Apple Music songs offline on the computer.

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    How to import downloaded songs into your iMovie

    You can add audio files like MP3, WAV, and AIFF files stored on your device, in iCloud Drive, or in another location.

  • Step 1: Scroll the timeline in your iMovie project until the playhead (the white vertical line) shows where you want to add the audio file if the audio file you want to add is less than a minute long.
  • Step 2: Tap the Import Media button, then tap Files to browse files in iCloud Drive or other locations.
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  • Step 3: Tap a file to add it to your project.
  • If you add an audio file to your project that is longer than a minute, your project will treat it like a song. Wherever the playhead was positioned, files under one minute in length appeared.

    Part 4: How to Add Music to iMovie from Spotify

    Spotify has a huge music library and attracts many subscribers. Creators can also add Spotify Music to iMovie for video creation by downloading their songs onto their devices and importing them to iMovie.

    NoteCable Spotify Music Converter is specially designed for downloading single Spotify track, playlists, whole albums and podcasts to local computer. It allows you to download Spotify songs as plain music format, including MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, AIFF, ALAC.

    Tool Required – NoteCable Spotify Music Converter

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    NoteCable Spotify Music Converter

  • Download playlists and albums from Spotify.
  • Convert Apple music tracks, albums, playlists to MP3/AAC/WAV/FLAC/ALAC/AIFF.
  • Keep ID3 tags and lossless audio quality.
  • Batch downloading to save your time.
  • Support converting songs at 10X faster conversion speed.

    Steps to Download Spotify Music for iMovie

    Step 1: Download and Install NoteCable Spotify Music Converter.

    First, please download and install NoteCable Spotify Music Converter on your computer. Both windows and mac versions are available. Then it will guide you to log in your Spotify account on web player.

    Step 2: Customize the Output Settings.

    Please click the Setting button on the upper right corner of NoteCable main interface. Here NoteCable allows you to choose out format (MP3/AAC/WAV/FLAC/ALAC/AIFF), audio quality (128kbps ~ 320kbps) and sample rate (up to 96kHz, based on source files). You can also customize the download path and download structure. The output folders can be sorted out by Artist, Album, Artist/Album, or Album/Artist.

    Step 3: Add Music and Playlists From Spotify to NoteCable.

    Now you can choose songs and playlists from the Spotify web player. Enter the album or playlist, click the "Add" button, then NoteCable will load all the songs in this playlist. Selectively choose the songs you'd like to download, then click Convert button to start downloading.

    Step 4: Start to Download Spotify Music.

    NoteCable will start loading the song info, then download your songs with 10x faster speed.

    After the conversion is completed, you can click on the Converted to locate the downloaded music from the local folder,

    Part 5: How to Add Music to iMovie from YouTube

    As a YouTuber, there are a lot of songs that other people use to make their video. We can also add their background music into our own work. What’s more, we still recommend adding YouTube Music into your iMovie to make a wonderful video with downloaded music files.

    KeepMusic is an ideal program customized for you. No matter you are a YouTube Music Free user or a YouTube Music Premium subscriber, you can use it to export YouTube Music as local files to your computer with KeepMusic YouTube Music Converter.

    If you want to add music from YouTube videos to your iMovie, you can try to use a free program —— YouTube Video Downloader, which can export the background music from YouTube videos. There's a great choice of formats – including MP3, M4A and WEBM.

    Tool Required – KeepMusic YouTube Music Converter

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    KeepMusic YouTube Music Converter

  • Download YouTube Music to PC and Mac.
  • Convert YouTube Music to MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, and ALAC.
  • 10X faster conversion speed is supported.
  • Preserve the original audio quality and keep the ID3 tags.
  • No need to install the YouTube Music app.
  • Steps to Download YouTube Music for iMovie

    Step 1: Open KeepMusic YouTube Music Converter

    Install and Launch KeepMusic YouTube Music Converter, and log in your YouTube account.

    Step 2: Choose MP3 Output Format

    Click the Settings icon in the upper-right corner. Here you can choose the output format (MP3/AAC/WAV/FLAC/AIFF/ALAC), specify the output folder and how you’d like to name and sort out the output files, etc.

    Step 3: Upload a YouTube Music Playlist to KeepMusic

    Go to a playlist, and click the floating Add button. You can then select the songs in that playlist for conversion.

    Step 4: Convert the YouTube Music Playlist to MP3

    Click Convert Now to start exporting the YouTube Music playlist as MP3 files to the specified output folder.

    Step 5: Find YouTube Music Playlist in MP3 Format.

    Usually, the output folder would pop up automatically once the conversion is done. If not, click the History icon in the upper-right corner and you’ll see all the YouTube Music that have been converted successfully. And by clicking the Folder icon of each song, you’ll be directed to the local drive that saved the MP3 files.


    To sum up, this article lists a variety of methods to add background music to iMovie, and the operations are different on different devices. At the same time, not only adding music in Apple Music, this article also describes how to add Spotify Music and YouTube Music to iMovie. NoteCable Music converter improves the efficiency of adding music very well, but also saves the song files completely, and you can keep them on your device forever.