iPod Won't Sync Apple Music Songs? Solved!

Updated by Adam Gorden on Apr 27, 2021 3:01 PM.
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When trying to sync downloaded Apple Music tracks to iPod nano, classic or shuffle, you'll probably get an error message saying "Apple Music songs cannot be copied to an iPod". In fact, many other iPod users are also facing the same problem as you do.

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Currently, the iPod touch is the only iPod model that can download and stream songs from Apple Music. If you are using iPod nano or shuffle, or even the older iPod classic, you won't be able to stream and play any Apple Music track within the player itself.

But now, that problem can be solved for good thanks to the development of 3rd-party Apple Music to iPod converter. This post lists the approaches to play Apple Music on iPod nano, shuffle, classic, and iPod touch. Whichever iPod models you are using, you can choose the corresponding solution to play Apple Music on iPod smoothly.

Part 1. Why iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic not Syncing Apple Music Songs
Part 2. Transfer Apple Music to iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic
Part 3. Play Apple Music on iPod Touch
Part 4. Summary

Part 1. Why iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic not Syncing Apple Music Songs

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Before I tell the method to listen to Apple Music on iPod nano, shuffle, classic, and iPod touch, let us figure out the reason that stops us playing Apple Music on iPod models except for iPod touch. Unlike iPod touch, iPod nano, classic, and shuffle lack Wi-Fi capabilities so that Apple can't authenticate whether or not the device has an active Apple Music subscription. Once that's allowed, users will freely download all Apple Music songs and save them on iPods and then cancel the service permanently. As result, users can keep track of Apple Music on iPod forever without any cost.

To avoid such a situation, Apple protects Apple Music songs in M4P to disables the sync between Apple Music and iPod nano/shuffle, as well as other common MP3 players that do not have Wi-Fi capabilities. Finally, only selected devices that support Apple Music app could stream and play the songs properly.

Part 2. Transfer Apple Music to Nano/Shuffle/Classic

To break the limits on Apple Music and make it possible to play Apple Music on any iPod models and even any other devices, you need to convert Apple Music M4P to some unprotected formats. Here you meet TunesKit Apple Music Converter, a smart application to enable you to put Apple Music songs on iPod nano/shuffle/classic easily. All it does is converting the Apple Music songs to MP3, AAC, and other formats that are supported by iPod. In this way, you are not only able to sync Apple Music to iPod but also keep the Apple Music songs forever on iPod even when the subscription ends.

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Guide: How to Convert Apple Music to iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic

The following guide and video tutorial will show you the whole steps to convert Apple Music songs to iPod by using TunesKit Apple Music Converter so that you can then transfer Apple Music to iPod nano/shuffle/classic as expected.


Step 1Add Apple Music Songs to TunesKit

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After installing TunesKit Apple Music Converter, click the shortcut icon on the desktop to launch it. Then click the Load iTunes Library button to load the Apple Music tracks from your iTunes library folder. You can also import the offline songs from Apple Music to the converter via drag-and-drop.

Step 2Customize Output Settings

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Once the Apple Music songs are completely added to TunesKit Apple Music Converter, move to the Format panel and click the MP3 format. Then in the popup window, you can choose the output format as MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, or others as you want. In order to make the converted songs compatible with iPod, you are suggested to select MP3 as the output. You can also set other parameters including audio codec, channel, sample rate, bit rate according to your own requirements.

Step 3Convert Apple Music to iPod

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Now simply click the Convert button at the right corner to let the program begin converting Apple Music songs to MP3 format for iPod. The whole conversion time depends on the number of songs you are converting. Normally it will process at up to 30X faster speed. Then we can copy Apple Music to iPod easily.

Guide: Transfer Apple Music to iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic

Once converted, you can find the unprotected Apple Music songs in MP3 format in converted folder by clicking the Converted button. Then you can copy those songs to your iTunes library folder on your computer or USB folder if you want to use a USB cable to transfer Apple Music to iPod nano/shuffle/classic.

1. How to Sync Apple Music to iPod Shuffle, Nano, Classic with iTunes

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Step 1. Connect your iPod nano/shuffle/classic with iTunes.

Step 2. Click "Music" > "Sync Music" > "selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres". In the "Playlists" section, choose "Recently added" which includes the unprotected Apple Music songs that you put in the iTunes library.

Step 3. Click "Apply" and iTunes will automatically sync the Apple Music songs to your iPods as expected.

2. How to Put Apple Music on iPod Nano, Classic, or Shuffle via USB Cable

Step 1. Connect iPod nano, classic, or shuffle to computer via USB cable.

Step 2. Go to "Start" > "Settings" > "Control Panel" on your computer, and double click on "Folder Options" and scroll down until you see an option to enable hidden files and folders. Click on it, and then click "Apply" and close the window.

Step 3. Navigate to the "My Computer" folder on your computer. Double click on that and find the "iPod" folder. Select and copy the converted Apple Music songs from your computer drive and paste them into this folder.

Step 4. Wait for the songs to finish transferring. Once done, unplug the iPod and you will be able to enjoy all Apple Music there as freely as you like.

Part 3. Play Apple Music on iPod Touch

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It's much easier to sync Apple Music if you are using iPod touch as it's a native app supported by iPod touch. Here's the complete guide to add Apple Music to iPod touch and listen offline.

Step 1. On iPod touch, open the Apple Music app. Then sign in to Apple Music with your Apple ID.

Step 2. Touch and hold a song, then tap the "Add to Library" button.

Step 3. Then you'll start playing any Apple Music song on iPod touch as you wish.

Step 4. To download Apple Music songs on iPod touch, just touch and hold music you add to the library, then tap the "Download" button.

Summary

Now you have both the method to play Apple Music on iPod nano/shuffle/classic, and also the one to sync Apple Music to iPod touch. Just follow my instructions and start to transfer Apple Music on iPod!

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