How to Add YouTube Music to iMovie as Project File

Do you want to set YouTube music as video BGM or add music from YouTube to iMovie for video projects? This article will teach you how to download YouTube music to your computer in MP3 format, and then you can use YouTube music as background music in iMovie on Mac/iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch.

iMovie is a very useful video tool which allows you to import audio files into it for your video projects. The background music frequently makes your video more interesting and attractive.But, can you add music from YouTube to iMovie? Recently, many people have subscribed to YouTube or YouTube Music as it is very convenient listen to YouTube Music offline on a monthly based plan. If you are curious about how to extract audios from YouTube videos and add YouTube music to iMovie as background music for your video projects or other uses, please check this article and you will find the answer.

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Part 1. Can You Add YouTube Music to iMovie Directly?

You can use some free soundtrack music and sound effects for your video projects in iMovie, but it is not enough. To make your video projects more attractive, you may want to put music on iMovie from YouTube. Is it possible to use YouTube Music to iMovie? The pity is, iMovie and YouTube are both owned by different companies, and they haven't yet entered into any commercial partnership. There is no an option to add music from YouTube to iMovie app.

With a YouTube Premium or YouTube Music Premium account, you are allowed to download YouTube music for offline listening. But all your downloaded YouTube music are just cache files, not local songs. All music content from YouTube and YouTube Music are DRM protected. To add music to iMovie from YouTube, you need to download or onvert YouTube Music to iMovie-Supported audio format.

iMovie-Supported Audio Formats: MP3, WAV, M4A, AIFF, AAC

iMovie-Supported Video Formats: MP4, MOV, MPEG-2, AVCHD, DV, HDV, MPEG-4, H.264

Part 2. Download Music from YouTube to iMovie-Supported Files

To import YouTube music to iMovie, you need to download and save YouTube as local file on your Mac computer or iPhone, then you can import them to iMovie for setting as a soundtrack of your video project. There for many YouTube Music Downlaoder or YouTube to MP3 Converter on the market, here we recommend 4kFinder YouTube Downloader.

4kFinder YouTube Downloader is the best tool to help you add any YouTube Music track to iMovie or other video editing tools. It's specially designed to download music and videos from YouTube and 1000 popular websites, including Vevo, Facebook, Veoh, Vimeo, Soundcloud, Dailymotion, Twitter, etc. This great tool offers popular output formats to be compatible with your devices and players, such as MP3, MP4, M4A, MOV, WEBM, etc. With it, you can easily download music from YouTube & YouTube Music to computer in MP3 format without any sound quality loss. After which, you can use the downloaded YouTube music as iMovie BGM on your Mac or iPhone.

Steps to Download Music from YouTube as MP3 for iMovie

Step 1. Launch 4kFinder Program
First of all, you need to download and install 4kFinder YouTube Downloader on your Mac computer, then launch the program. As you can see, 4kFinder offers a simple and clean interface.

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Step 2. Copy & Paste YouTube Music Video Link
1# Go to YouTube website, open the music video you want to add it to iMovie, and copy the link.

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2# Another way is turn to YouTube Music website, login to your YouTube Music account, copy the music URL by clicking "Share" button.

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Next, turn back to 4kFinder program, paste the music video URL to the search bar, and click "Analyze" to let the tool grab the video source.

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Step 3. Select MP3 and 320kbps Format
Now you need to select the output format and bitrate. To use YouTube music on iMovie project, you can pick MP3 320kbps format.

Step 4. Download YouTube Music to MP3
Hit on the button of "Download" to save YouTube music video as MP3 audio files to your Mac computer. During the process, you can add more video link to the search bar.

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When finished, please go to "Finished" section, right-click on the video, and select "Reveal in Finder" to locate the YouTube MP3 audio files.

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Now you can add YouTube music into iMovie on iPhone or Mac, please turn to Part 3 and Part 4.

Part 3. Add Downloaded YouTube Music to iMovie on Mac Easily

It's quite easy to add YouTube song to iMovie project as background music. In iMovie for Mac, you can use the iMovie Media Browser to import songs from the Music app's music library. Follow the simple steps below.

Step 1. First launch iMovie program on your Mac computer, then click the movie porject which you want to add YouTube music.

Step 2. Next, tap on "Import", open the output folder, select a downloaded YouTube MP3 music file, and click "Import Selected File" to import it.

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Or you can directly drag and drop the downloaded YouTube MP3 song from the Output Folder to the video project. After that, you can edit the YouTube songs and video item as needed.

Part 4. Add Downloaded YouTube Music to iMovie on iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch

iMovie is also available for iOS and iPad OS. To use YouTube music in iMovie, another way is to use iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. First you need to import the YouTube MP3 music files to your iOS device, then use the added song as iMovie BGM on iPhone or iPad. You can refer to the following steps.

Step 1. Two Ways to Add the Downloaded YouTube Music to iPhone/iPad
1). Add the Downloaded YouTube Music to iPhone or iPad via iTunes
Launch iTunes program on the computer, then directly drag and drop the YouTube MP3 songs to iTunes. Next, use a USB cable to connect the iPhone or iPad with iTunes, then sync the songs to the device.

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2) Add the Downloaded YouTube Music to iPhone or iPad via iOS Transfer Tool
To add the music to iOS device, you can also rely on iOS & Android Manager. This smart tool aims to help iOS & Android users transfer music, videos, photos and other data to other devices in a few clicks. First, download, install and launch iOS & Android Manger on the computer, then connect the iOS device to computer via USB cable. Finally, click “Music”> “Add File” or “Add Folder” to transfer the YouTube MP3 songs to iPhone.

sync youtube music to iphone via transfer tool

Step 2. Use YouTube Music as iMovie BGM on iPhone/iPad
Run iMovie app on your iPhone or iPad, and then open or creat a video project. Tap on "Create Movie" > "+" icon, then click "Audio" > "My Music". Afterwards, you can select a song from the Playlists, Albums, Artists or Songs. Finally, hit on the plus (+) symbol to import it to your video project.

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Part 5. Bonus & FAQs about Adding Music to iMovie

You've learned how to add YouTube Music to iMovie projects. In this part, you will know more about adding music to iMovie.

FAQs about Adding Music to iMovie

Q1. Why can't I add music to iMovie?
Answer: As we mentioned above, iMovie only supports unprotected audio formats: MP3, WAV, M4A, AIFF, AAC. Please check if your music format is compatible.

Q2. Can I add my own music to iMovie?
Answer: Yes. If your music are unprotected m4a, .mp3, .wav, and .aif files, then you can add them to iMovie projects with ease.

Q3. How do I put music on iMovie without iTunes?
Answer: You can directy drag the music file into the iMovie video clip from the Finder and the desktop.

Q4. Where can I download music for iMovie?
Answer: YouTube and YouTube Music is a great place to download music tracks for iMovie project file. Besides, you can find more music tracks for your iMovie projects on other streaming music platforms, like Apple Music, Spotify, etc.

Bonus: Add Music to iMovie from Other Streaming Services

Do you want to find more music tracks for your iMovie projects? In addition to YouTube, you can also find background music for your video projects on some popular streaming music platforms, such as Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, Tidal, Pandora, Deezer, SoundCloud, etc. But all music tracks from streaming music platforms are copyrighted, you are not allowed to add streaming music tracks to iMovie or other video editing app as BGM. To add music to iMovie from streaming music platforms, you need to download or convert streaming music to MP3/M4A/AAC/WAV/AIFF.

To add music to iMovie from SoundCloud, you need to download SoundCloud to MP4 with 4kFinder.

To add Apple Music to iMovie, you can rely on this TunesBank Apple Music Converter.

To add Spotify music to iMovie, you can use this TunesBank Spotify Music Converter.

To add Amazon Music to iMovie, you can try UkeySoft Amazon Music Converter.

To add Tidal Music to iMovie, UkeySoft Tidal Music Converter is a good option.

Final Words

To add YouTube Music to iMovie for video projects, 4kFinder is a good helper. With it, you can easily download and save YouTube music as a high-quality MP3 file on your computer. In this way, you can import them into iMovie on Mac computers, iPhones and iPads for use in video projects. Even better, it enables you to download videos from YouTube and other 1000 hot sites to your computer. In addition, multitasking downloads, 6 times the download speed, etc. are all supplements to this powerful software. Why not have a try?

Add YouTube Music to iMovie