iPod Won't Sync Apple Music Songs? Solved!

Updated by Adam Gorden on December 27, 2018 09:55:01 AM.

When trying to sync downloaded Apple Music tracks to iPod Nano 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. Worst of all, Apple has just discontinued iPod Nano and Shuffle a while back.

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Currently, 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. Depending on what iPod models you are using, you can choose different tools and solutions in order to play Apple Music on iPod smoothly. Here are the best approaches you can follow.

Why iPod Nano/Shuffle not Syncing Apple Music Songs

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Unlike iPod touch, 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 and then cancel the service permanently. In this case, you can keep any track from Apple Music on iPod forever without any cost.

To avoid such situation, Apple disables the sync between Apple Music and iPod nano/shuffle, as well as other common MP3 players. In result, only selected devices 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 songs to iPod nano or shuffle for playback, the key is to break the DRM restriction from Apple Music.

Part 1. Transfer Apple Music to iPod Nano/Shuffle: What Tool You Need

Here you meet TunesKit Apple Music Converter, a smart application to enable you put Apple Music songs on iPod nano or shuffle easily. All it does is completely remove DRM lock from the Apple Music tracks you downloaded onto your local drive and then convert the songs to MP3, AAC and other formats 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

Now the following guide 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 or shuffle as expected.

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. 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 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 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 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.

Guide: Transfer Apple Music to iPod with iTunes

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Step 1. 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.

Step 2. Connect your iPod with iTunes.

Step 3. 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.

Guide: Add Apple Music to iPod Without Using iTunes

Step 1. Connect iPod Nano 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 \"My Computer\" folder on your computer. Double click on that and find \"iPod\" folder. Select and copy the converted Apple Music songs from your computer drive and paste them to 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 2. 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 play Apple Music on iPod touch.

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

Step 2. Go to "Settings" > "Music", and turn on "Show Apple Music" option.

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


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