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Apple Music & iPod: Can I Sync Apple Music to iPod?

Zoey Wesson
BY Zoey Wesson   
LAST UPDATED: Feb. 28, 2017

Sync Apple Music to iPod

If you read the screenshot above carefully, you will see a warning which reads "Apple Music songs cannot be copied to an iPod". As you might notice, that every time when you are trying to transfer songs from Apple Music to the iPod nano or shuffle, it will result in that error message. Why?

iPod nano & iPod shuffle Won't Get Apple Music

iPod Shuffle

As iPod nano and iPod shuffle lack Wi-Fi capabilities, Apple is unable to authenticate whether or not the device has an active Apple Music subscription. In such case, the user could download any Apple Music song they want within the 3-month free trial, save it on their iPods and then cancel their subscription.


By disabling users from syncing Apple Music with iPod nano and iPod shuffle, Apple can ensure that users cannot store the music collections on their devices after withdrawing their Apple Music subscription. But iPod nano and iPod shuffle users can still store any music purchased from iTunes Store on their device. Besides, any DRM-free music owned by the users will run on the iPods as well.

Can I Enjoy Apple Music on iPod touch?

iPod Touch

Apple needs Wi-Fi connectivity to authenticate an Apple Music subscription while iPod touch is the only iPod model that is equipped with Wi-Fi capabilities, meaning that only iPod touch users will be able to stream Apple Music and sync offline music tracks.


Note: If you are going to use Apple Music on your iPod touch, you must ensure that the iOS of your iPod touch is iOS 8.4 or later. And only the 5th generation iPod touch or newer will support Apple Music. If you have an iPod touch 4, you are out of luck.

How to Sync Apple Music to iPod, including iPod shuffle and iPod nano?

If you want to listen to your Apple Music on iPod shuffle or iPod nano, all you need is an Apple Music Converter. It is an audio converter that can convert any DRM-ed Apple Music tracks to iPod supported formats like MP3 and AIFF. It will do no harm to your original Apple Music songs but save the converted DRM-free files as completely new music files. By doing so, you are not only able to sync Apple Music to iPod but also able to keep the Apple Music songs forever when the subscription ends.

Apple Music Converter – Enjoy Apple Music on iPod nano, iPod shuffle

Apple Music Converter is able to convert Apple Music songs from protected M4P to DRM-free MP3/M4A/AIFF/FLAC/AC3. Download and have a try!

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Step 1. Run Apple Music Converter on PC

Launch the program and wait for seconds until iTunes get launched automatically. You will see the interface as below if everything goes smoothly.

Launch Apple Music Converter

Step 2. Choose Apple Music from the Library

Click on "Library" and all the media files will show up on the main interface. Select the Apple Music tracks you would like to transfer to your iPod by ticking on the checkbox. You can add one item or more because it supports batch conversion.

Choose Apple Music from the Library

Step 3. Choose Output Format

Now select the output format you like from the drop-down list. Both iPod shuffle and iPod nano support the following audio formats: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV.

Choose MP3 as Output Format

Step 4. Convert Apple Music to MP3 or Other Formats

Click on the "Convert" button and the program will start converting Apple Music tracks to MP3. After that, you can click on "Explore Save File" to locate the converted files. You can add these MP3 files to iTunes library and transfer them from iTunes to iPod.

Convert Apple Music to MP3 or Other Formats

Step 5. Sync Apple Music to iPod with iTunes

1. Copy the converted Apple Music songs on your iTunes library on your computer.

Add Apple Music to iTunes

2. Connect your iPod with iTunes. Then, click "Music" > "Sync Music" > "selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres".

3. In "Playlists" sections, choose "Recently added" which includes the Apple Music songs that you put on iTunes library.

4. Click "Apply" and iTunes will sync the converted Apple Music to your iPod.

Sync Apple Music to iPod

Video Tutorial on How to Listen to Apple Music on iPod Nano:


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