[Solved] How Can I Sync Spotify Music to My iPod Nano/Shuffle

Updated by Adam Gorden on November 19, 2018 17:24:01 PM.

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Although Apple has decided to discontinue manufacturing all iPod models except for the iPod touch a while back, the role that iPod has ever played in music entertainment life cannot be ignored. During the 15 years since the first generation iPod was released, iPod models have been used by more than 390 million people as the best music players to play music offline. But recently if you try to sync Spotify music to iPod, things might be different:

"I have an iPod nano but I can't sync it with Spotify any more. I connect the iPod to Spotify desktop version, but the app doesn't recognize the iPod nano and doesn't pops up the bar 'devices' or the option 'erase your iPod and sync to Spotify'. Can you help?"

Most Spotify users might encounter such error when downloading Spotify to iPod nano or shuffle. Take it easy. In this post, you'll find the best solution to download and get Spotify on iPod shuffle/nano for offline listening easily and effectively.

Spotify on iPod: Can iPod Nano Play Spotify?

In fact, Spotify has added a feature that will let you sync your music with your Apple iPod, including iPod Classic, iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle via USB. Unfortunately this feature was removed a while ago from the Spotify desktop app. Now Spotify is only supported by iOS 7 and above. That's to say only the iPod touch 5th or higher generations are able to sync with Spotify well.

Useful Tool to Help You Sync Spotify to iPod Shuffle/Nano

To fix the issue and make Spotify playable on iPod, something called Spotify music downloader comes to help. With such tools, you can easily download Spotify songs offline and listen to them on all iPod models, including iPod nano, iPod shuffle and iPod classic. Here we'd like to share you with the most-rated solution, that is, TunesKit Spotify Music Downloader.

As you should know, Spotify tracks are protected by DRM technology that restricts you from playing Spotify songs on iPod nano or other non-approved devices. Now with this Spotify downloader, you can completely delete the DRM from Spotify and save the DRM-free Spotify songs to iPod as MP3 or AAC format. You can download the free trial version of TunesKit Spotify to iPod Converter on Mac or Windows.

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Note: Before getting started to download and sync Spotify to iPod, make sure you have the following required tools ready.

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Steps to Download and Convert Spotify Music to iPod

Now we'll take the Windows version of TunesKit Spotify Music Converter to instruct you how to download Spotify to iPod for offline listening in 3 steps only, no matter you are subscribing to Spotify Free or Premium.

Step 1Add Spotify songs to TunesKit Spotify Downloader

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After opening TunesKit Music Converter for Spotify, you can directly drag and drop any music track or playlist or album from Spotify app into the application window. Or you can paste the track link into the search box of TunesKit to add the Spotify songs.

Step 2Set output format as MP3 or AAC

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Click menu bar in the top-right corner and select Preferences to load the output settings window, from which you'll select output formats, bit rate, sample rate, conversion speed, output directory, etc. To make Spotify sync with iPod, you are suggested to set output as MP3 or AAC format.

Step 3Download Spotify music to MP3

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Now click the big "Convert" button to begin downloading and converting the Spotify songs/playlists to iPod supported audio formats at up to 5X faster speed. Once done, you'll get the DRM-free Spotify music tracks with same ID3 tags as the original files. You can find the offline songs by clicking the converted folder.

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Steps to Transfer Spotify Playlist to iPod Nano/Shuffle

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After downloading the Spotify music offline, you should follow these simple steps to add and sync the Spotify songs to iPod with iTunes:

Step 1Import Spotify songs to iTunes

Open iTunes on your computer and import the downloaded Spotify songs in MP3 or AAC format into iTunes library by clicking the top menu File > Add to Library.

Step 2Connect iPod to iTunes

Plug iPod nano or shuffle into PC via USB cable. In iTunes, click the iPod icon to load the info of your iPod model.

Step 3Sync Spotify music to iPod

Click "Music" > "Sync Music" > "selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres". Under "Playlists", check "Recently added" where the downloaded Spotify songs are saved. Then hit the "Apply" button and the Spotify tracks will be automatically synced to your iPod as expected.


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