How to Play Apple Music on iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic/Touch

Q: Apple Music service and iPod are both Apple products, but when I sync downloaded Apple Music tracks to my iPod, I get the error message "Apple Music songs cannot be copied to iPod". What is going on here? Is there any way to put Apple Music on iPod device?

In fact, Apple Music is available on iPod Touch. As for the iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic, they do not have a native Apple Music application to access Apple Music songs. Therefore, this article finds an effective solution to play Apple Music on iPod Classic/Nano/Shuffle. In addition, you will also learn the official method to make Apple Music iPod Touch a reality.

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Part 1. Why You Can’t Sync Apple Music to iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic

Since iPod Touch is available with the built-in Apple Music app, you'll be able to easily listen to Apple Music on iPod Touch. Whereas those older iPod models, such as iPod Nano, Classic and Shuffle, lack WiFi capability. Currently, Apple Music is not a native app in iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic.

In addition, Apple Music songs are protected by digital rights management, meaning you can only access Apple Music songs on devices that support the Apple Music app. What's more, you do not have the right to sync protected Apple Music to an iPod device that is not WiFi-enabled.

Part 2. How to Put Apple Music on iPod Classic/Nano/Shuffle

For the reasons mentioned above, you need to remove all format locks from your Apple Music streams first. A reliable tool AudFree Apple Music Converter is the best choice. It a well-known Apple Music conversion tool to get completely unprotected Apple Music songs by getting rid of Apple restrictions. After that, you have the freedom to sync Apple Music to iPod Nano, Shuffle and Classic.

Also, this Apple Music to iPod Converter can convert encrypted Apple Music to MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC etc. with original ID3 tags retained. With the help of this excellent tool, you can not only freely play any Apple Music songs on iPod Classic/Nano/Shuffle, but also back up the songs on any other device forever, even after canceling Apple Music subscription.

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  • Remove format locks from Apple Music songs/playlists without quality loss
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  • Support keeping ID3 tags and customizing output music quality
  • Work well with iTunes songs, audiobooks, Audible files and more

How to Download Apple Music to iPod

Step 1Add Downloaded Apple Music to AudFree Auditior
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Before importing the songs, make sure they were already completely downloaded onto your computer. Otherwise you should subscribe the Apple Music service to download Apple Music offline firstly. After that, launch AudFree Apple Music Converter, then click the first 'Add' button at the bottom left to load the target songs to the application. Or directly drag the files from iTunes music folder.
Step 2Define Apple Music Output Settings for iPod
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When the tracks are imported into the converter, simply go to the bottom right corner and click the 'Format' icon near 'Convert' button. Then you'll be directed to the output settings window where you can choose the output profile, including audio format, codec, channel, sample rate, bit rate, etc. In order to make the songs playable on iPod, you are highly recommended to set the output format as MP3.
Step 3 Convert Apple Music for iPod Classic/Nano/Shuffle
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Now, you should click the "Convert" button to start converting Apple Music songs to MP3. Once converted, simply select the Converted button to view the unprotected Apple Music. After that, you can always listen to Apple Music offline and sync it to the desired iPod model.

How to Transfer Apple Music to iPod Shuffle/Classic/Nano

Now, it's time to copy the converted Apple Music songs to iPod Nano, Shuffle and Classic. Here are two methods for you to consider.

How to Sync Apple Music to iPod via iTunes

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Step 1. Click on the File > Import Files to Library option to upload the converted Apple Music tracks to your iTunes library on your computer.

Step 2. Connect your iPod Classic, Nano, or Shuffle to your computer.

Step 3. Then go to the iTunes app and click on Music > Sync Music > Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres.

Step 4. In the "Playlists" section, select the "Recently added" option where you stored the well converted Apple Music songs in iTunes library.

Step 5. Click "Apply" and iTunes will automatically sync these Apple Music songs to your iPod within seconds.

How to Put Apple Music to iPod via USB Cable

Step 1. Connect your iPad Nano, Shuffle or Classic to your computer via USB cable.

Step 2. Go to Start > Settings > Control Panel, click Folder option and scroll down to enable hidden files and folders.

Step 3. Navigate to the My Computer folder on your computer to locate the iPod folder.

Step 4. Copy and paste the converted Apple Music songs into the iPod folder. Once the transfer is complete, you're ready to listen to Apple Music offline on iPod without any restrictions.

Part 3. How to Add Apple Music to iPod Touch

Of the iPod lineup, only the iPod Touch comes with iOS to install apps from the App Store. In addition, it is the only iPod model that can be used to listen to Apple Music. Also, the Apple Music app can only be installed on iOS 8.4 or later, and iPod Touch generations 5, 6 and 7 can meet the requirements. In other words, you can't play Apple Music on iPod Touch 4 or older generations.

How to Download Apple Music to iPod Touch

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Step 1. Launch the Apple Music app on your iPod Touch and sign in to your Apple ID.

Step 2. Browse and select your favorite songs in the Apple Music library and click the "Add to Library" button.

Step 3. Press and hold on the preferred Apple song and tap the 'Download' button to download Apple Music to your iPod Touch.

Step 4. Now, you can start listening to Apple Music offline on iPod Touch with ease.

Part 4. FAQs About Apple Music iPod

Does iPod Nano Have Apple Music?

The iPod Nano does not have an acoustic Apple Music application. As a result, it also does not recognize protected Apple Music files.

Which iPod Works with Apple Music?

Of all the iPod models, only the iPod Touch is compatible with Apple Music. To break it down even further, you can only listen to Apple Music on iPod Touch 5th to 7th generation.

Can You Put Apple Music on Old iPod?

As for those old iPods like the iPod Shuffle, Classic and Nano, you can turn to AudFree Apple Music Converter to get unprotected Apple Music. Then it couldn't be easier to sync Apple Music on iPod Nano, Shuffle and Classic.

Part 5. Conclusion

This is all about how to play Apple Music on iPod Touch, Shuffle, Classic and Nano. We recommend you to use AudFree Apple Music Converter because it removes the restrictions of Apple Music perfectly. This way, you can transfer Apple Music to iPod or other players whenever you want. Try enjoying Apple Music songs on all iPod models to your heart's content.

Dec 30, 2022 7:30 PM

Updated by James Blair to Apple Music Tips


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