Spotify to iPod: How to Put Spotify Music on iPod Touch/Nano/Shuffle/Classic

Updated by Adam Gorden on May 12, 2021 7:24 PM.
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A while back, Apple decided to discontinue producing all iPod models except for iPod touch, but the role that it ever played cannot be ignored. During the last 15 years since the first-generation iPod was released, iPod models have been used by over 390 million people as the best music player. However, recently if you try to sync Spotify music to iPod, things might be different, just like the following user:

"I have an iPod nano but I can't sync it with Spotify anymore. I connect the iPod to Spotify desktop version, but the app doesn't recognize the iPod nano and doesn't pop up the bar 'devices' or the option 'erase your iPod and sync to Spotify'. Can someone help?" - Henya from Spotify Community

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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.

Most Spotify users might encounter such error when transferring Spotify to iPod nano, classic, or shuffle. If you're also one of them, please take it easy. In this post, you'll find the best solution to download and sync Spotify to iPod shuffle, nano, or classic. So, you are able to listen to Spotify on iPod nano, shuffle or classic offline easily and effectively.

Part 1. Way to Sync Spotify to iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic
Part 2. How to Get Spotify on iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic
Part 3. How to Transfer Music from Spotify to iPod
Part 4. How to Download Spotify Songs to iPod Touch
Part 5. FAQs about Spotify to iPod Touch/Nano/Shuffle/Classic

Part 1. Method to Sync Spotify to iPod Shuffle/Nano/Classic

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

As you may know, Spotify tracks are protected by Digital Rights Management, which restricts you from playing Spotify songs on iPod nano, shuffle, or classic, as well as, other non-approved devices. Now with TunesKit, you can completely remove DRM from Spotify and download Spotify songs to iPod-compatible MP3 or AAC format.

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Part 2. How to Get Spotify Songs on iPod Shuffle/Nano/Classic

Now we'll instruct you how to download Spotify songs to iPod for offline listening in 3 steps only, no matter you are subscribing to Spotify Free or Premium. Before getting started, make sure you have TunesKit Spotify Music Converter installed on your computer. Or you can simply watch the video tutorial below:

2.1 Steps to Download Music from Spotify to MP3 via TunesKit

Step 1Add Spotify songs to TunesKit Spotify Downloader

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Open TunesKit, and directly drag and drop any music track or playlist, or album from the Spotify app into the application window. Or you can paste the track's link into the search box of TunesKit to load the Spotify songs.

Step 2Set output format as MP3 or AAC

select output format

Click the menu bar in the top-right corner and select Preferences to load the output settings window. Here you can 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 "Convert" button to download and convert the Spotify songs/playlists to iPod supported audio format at 5× speed. Once done, you'll get the DRM-free Spotify music tracks with the same ID3 tags as the original files. You can find offline songs by clicking the converted folder.

2.2 Video Watch: Download and Convert Spotify Music to MP3

Part 3. How to Transfer Spotify Music to iPod Shuffle/Nano/Classic

After downloading your favorite Spotify songs, you could move Spotify songs to iPod by following these simple steps. After completing the transferring between Spotify music and iPod, you can listen to Spotify music on iPod anytime and anywhere. Here's how to sync Spotify to iPod using your Mac or PC.

3.1 How to Put Spotify Songs on iPod with macOS Mojave or earlier or a PC

If you're using macOS Mojave or earlier or a Windows PC, use iTunes to sync Spotify music to your iPod nano, shuffle, or classic.

Step 1Import Spotify songs to iTunes

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

add file to itunes library

Step 2Connect iPod to the computer

Connect your iPod to your PC or Mac computer with a USB cable. Then click the iPod icon in the upper-left corner of the iTunes window to load the info of your iPod model.

ipod on itunes

Step 3Go to sync content using iTunes

From the list under Settings on the left side of the iTunes window, go to Music, select the checkbox next to Sync Music, and choose Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres.

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Step 4Sync Spotify music to iPod

Under Playlists, check Recently Added where your uploaded Spotify songs are saved. Then click the Apply button in the lower-right corner of the window and Spotify tracks will be automatically synced to your iPod as expected.

3.2 How to Put Spotify Music on iPod with macOS Catalina

Starting with macOS Catalina, syncing with the Finder is similar to syncing with iTunes. Learn how to put Spotify on iPod nano, shuffle, or classic.

Step 1Connect iPod to the computer

Open a Finder window and connect your iPod to your computer using a USB cable. Then you would find your iPod appears in the sidebar of the Finder window and click the iPod icon to select it.

Step 2Add Spotify songs to Finder

After trusting your iPod, click the Music menu, select the checkbox next to Sync music onto your iPod, and then choose Selected artists, albums, genres, and playlists.

Step 3Sync Spotify songs to iPod

Now go to browse your downloaded Spotify songs on your computer and select the checkbox next to each item that you want to sync. Finally, click the Apply button in the lower-right corner of the window to start syncing Spotify music to your iPod.

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Part 4. How to Stream Spotify to iPod Touch Directly

As we discussed above, this method only works well for iPod touch users who have 5th generation or later. Also, you need to have a Spotify Premium account. If you don't, you can still refer to the aforementioned solution. Next, let's see how to download songs from Spotify to iPod touch for listening offline. Before getting started, make sure you've the Spotify app installed on your iPod touch.

turn on spotify offline mode

Step 1. Launch Spotify on your iPod touch and find albums or playlists you want to download for offline playback.

Step 2. Switch the Download icon on at the top right of any album or playlist, and it will download Spotify music tracks for offline use.

Step 3. Proceed to open Spotify Offline Mode by going to Library > Settings once you've downloaded all the music or playlist.

Step 4. Under Settings, tap on Playback and toggle on Offline. You're now able to listen to the downloaded Spotify songs on your iPod touch without internet connection.

Part 5. FAQs about Spotify Not Available on iPod

About Spotify to iPod, you would have a bunch of questions. And you would figure out what you need to do when you want to listen to Spotify music on your iPod. Here we've collected some frequently asked questions, and also gives the answer.

Q1. Can you get Spotify on iPod touch?

A: Sure, you are able to play Spotify music on iPod touch running iOS13 or above. And you can also use voice commands to control what plays with Siri on your iPod touch.

Q2. How to install Spotify on iPod touch?

A: Tap the App Store icon on your Home screen and search for Spotify. Then press Get to install Spotify to your iPod touch.

Q3. How to put Spotify playlist on iPod nano, shuffle, or classic?

A: Since Spotify is not available on those older iPods, you can use a Spotify music downloader to download Spotify songs to your iPod for listening.

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