iPod won't Sync Apple Music? Solved!

Posted by Adam Gorden on Jan 30, 2018 07:35:01 AM.

When trying to sync downloaded Apple Music tracks to iPod nano or shuffle, you'll probably get an error message indicating "Apple Music songs cannot be copied to an iPod". If you search the internet further for any solution, you'll find a more disappointing fact that most other iPod users are just facing the same problem as you do. And worst of all, the ultimate solution to this issue is yet to come as neither iPod nano nor shuffle supports built-in Apple Music app that can be used to stream the songs within the player itself. To solve your puzzle of common problems about Apple Music on iPod, we are here to introduce you the best solutions so far to make Apple Music tracks syncable to iPod (iPod nano/shuffle) easily.

Why iPod Nano/Shuffle not Syncing Apple Music Songs

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Unlike iPod touch which is the only iPod model where we can download Apple Music app for streaming the songs, iPod nano and shuffle lack Wi-Fi capabilities so that Apple can't authenticate whether or not the device has an active Apple Music subscription. In other words, if that's allowed, you can freely download all Apple Music songs and save them on your iPods within the 3-month free trial subscription and then cancel the service permanently. In this case, you can get any track from Apple Music on iPod and keep them forever without any cost. To prevent such situation occurring, Apple disables the sync between Apple Music and iPod nano and shuffle as well as other common MP3 players. In result, only selected devices and players that support Apple Music app could stream and play the songs properly. The technology Apple used to track the subscription and authorization is called DRM. Because of which, once the Apple Music subscription is cancelled, the music collections will withdraw from all your devices automatically. Therefore, in order to offline sync Apple Music tracks to iPod nano or shuffle, the key is to find a way to break the DRM restriction from Apple Music.

What Tool You'll Need to Transfer Apple Music to iPod

Here you meet TunesKit Apple Music Converter, a smart application to enable you easily copy Apple Music songs to iPod nano or shuffle. All it will do is completely remove DRM lock from the Apple Music tracks you downloaded onto your local drive. Then it will convert the songs to DRM-free formats supported by iPod such as MP3, AAC, etc. In this way, you are not only able to sync Apple Music to iPod but also able to keep the Apple Music songs forever even when the subscription ends.

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How to Sync Apple Music to iPod Nano/Shuffle

Now the following guide will show you the whole steps to sync Apple Music songs to iPod nano or shuffle by using TunesKit Apple Music Converter.

Step 1Download and add 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 "+" button to load the Apple Music tracks from your iTunes library folder to TunesKit. You can also import the offline songs from Apple Music to TunesKit by drag-and-drop.

Step 2Customize output settings

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Once the Apple Music songs are added to TunesKit, move to 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 3Start to convert Apple Music to MP3

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Now simply click the "Convert" button at the right corner to let the program begin converting Apple Music songs to DRM-free MP3 format. The whole conversion time will depend on the number of songs you are converting. Normally it will process at 30X faster speed.

Step 4Put Apple Music on iPod via iTunes

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Once converted, you can find the DRM-free Apple Music songs in MP3 format in converted folder by clicking history folder. Then you can copy those songs to your iTunes library folder on your computer. Connect your iPod with iTunes. Then, click "Music" > "Sync Music" > "selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres". In "Playlists" section, choose "Recently added" which includes the unprotected Apple Music songs that you put in iTunes library. Click "Apply" and iTunes will automatically sync the Apple Music songs to your iPods as expected.


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