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How Can I Sync Music on My iPod Without iTunes [2023]

How to put music on iPod without iTunes? If you are an iPod lover, it’s time to dust off your legacy device and take it out to put the latest music on your iPod in a snap!

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Who says the iPod is outdated? iPod has never been in-dated (if that’s even a word) than now! Because the need to listen and jam to your favorite songs can NEVER be outdated. That’s why you need a reliable way to put music on iPod for yourself or your loved ones.

There are tons of people who still have their ‘old school’ devices laying around. So it is time to bring them out and add songs to iPod and update your iPod playlist!

Challenge from Softorino: Dust off your iPod – it can be useful even in 2023! With a trusty app, it is super fast and reliable to transfer music to iPod’s any model or generation!

In this article, you will find out how to transfer music from computer to iPod without iTunes. So let’s start, shall we?

How to Put Music on iPod without iTunes

Since the first iPod was released in 2001, not many people use it anymore. You won’t find many updated guides on How to Put Music on an iPod without iTunes. Even if you do, they would either be outdated or would not work at all.

So I found a quick and easy solution for you to put music on iPod Nano, iPod Classic, and iPod Shuffle. WALTR PRO does the job for you without requiring iTunes or Apple Music. It is a free-to-download transfer tool specifically dedicated to iOS devices.

You can transfer music from computer to iPod Classic, iPod Nano, and iPod Shuffle instantly. Thanks to this app, you’ll be able to add music to your iPod without iTunes or Apple Music. It works for both Mac and Windows.

What’s more? You do not have to worry if your song files are in a non-compatible format for iPods because WALTR PRO converts any music format (MP3, M4A, FLAC, AIFF, APE) into an iOS compatible format ON-THE-FLY!

How does this work? Watch the video for a super quick preview:

Looking for a step-by-step guide on how to put music on iPod Classic without iTunes?

Step 1. Start WALTR PRO

To add songs to iPod, you have to begin by downloading WALTR PRO. Get the installation file here:


WALTR PRO is a free-to-download transfer tool specifically dedicated to iOS devices. You can transfer music from computer to iPod Classic, iPod Nano, and iPod Shuffle instantly!

Thanks to this app, you’ll be able to add music to your iPod without iTunes. It works for both: Mac and Windows. And the best part is that WALTR PRO will help you sync iPod without iTunes.

Step 2. Plug your iPod into your computer

For the first-second iPod gens use FireWire cable USB adapter. For later versions (released after 2004) use the standard USB lighting cable.

The 1st and 2nd generations of iPods use FireWire cables whereas the later versions use standard USB lighting cable. To connect your iPods use their respective cables.

Once you have connected your iPod – the application will be synchronized with the device right away.

Note: WALTR PRO also allows you to connect your iPods wirelessly via Wi-Fi. But not all iPods have Wi-Fi, so go with your convenience. If you have an iPod touch that supports Wi-Fi, you can put songs on iPod wirelessly.

Step 3. Drag drop a music file into WALTR PRO

To easily add music to iPod, drag and drop either single song files or entire song folders into WALTR PRO and it will transfer music from your computer to your iPod Classic.

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Once you have dropped your music files into WALTR PRO, a progress bar will appear and you will be notified as soon as your transfer has been completed. That’s just how ridiculously easy it is to put music on an iPod without iTunes or Apple Music by using WALTR RPO.

The WALTR PRO app can not only convert files on your iOS devices. It can also, for example, Transfer PDF to iPad iPhone Without iTunes

How to Download Music on your iPod (from YouTube)

We all use YouTube as our go-to app for listening to music. Whether we are working, driving, studying, or working out, YouTube is always on our phones. What if I told you that you can listen to your favorite YouTube music anytime you want on your iPod without worrying about having an internet connection?

Now if you are Googling “How to put songs on iPod”, stop right there because we have already answered your question. With Softorino YouTube Converter 2, you can download music to iPod without iTunes at a lightning-fast speed. It is actually remarkably easy.

  • Download Softorino YouTube Converter 2 on your MacBook. The app is free to download with unlimited video and MP3 downloads on your one-day free trial.
  • Launch Softorino YouTube Converter 2 on your PC. Open your desired YouTube song in the in-app browser and add it to the download queue. The app will show a preview of your selected song on the top.
  • Next, select “ Audio ”. This will allow you to download music on your iPod in the form of an audio file. In the “ Save to ” option, select the device by clicking on the iPod icon. Before moving forward, make sure your iPod is connected to the PC via a cable.
  • Hit the Convert and Transfer button to download and transfer music to iPod without iTunes from YouTube.
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Interesting fact: Softorino YouTube Converter supports every single generation of iPod and iPhone. It can be downloaded for free for 24 hours. Then you can purchase a license. This license includes ALL Softorino products and is priced as a single product, learn more about Universal License

Now that you know how to sync iPod without iTunes, without any struggle, continue your journey of building the best music library one can think of. The sky is your limit. Well… if your storage allows

Reasons Why You Should Use iPod in 2023

Reason 1: Update Your iPods with the Latest Music

With WALTR PRO, blow life into those old iPods laying somewhere around your house and update them with the latest music. Go ahead and download thousands of songs to your iPods at once by transferring entire folders with WALTR PRO.

Reason 2: Thousands of Songs in Your

Sick of getting those “Storage full” messages on your iPhone? Just transfer your music library to iPod and you will have more storage for other stuff in your phone. Have an entirely separate device (your iPod) dedicated just for your songs. With an iPod’s, you can have thousands of songs (40,00 songs in 160GB iPod), right in your !

Reason 3: 36 Hours of Non-Stop Music

Did you know that iPod Classic has a battery life that would last you days! The battery life expectancy of the iPod Classic can clock up even to 36 hours of active usage. This means a non-stop entertainment without having to worry about your iPods dying.

Here’s a table displaying the battery life, among other technical specifications of all iPod Classic models:

Reason 4. Better Sound Quality than iPod Nano and iPod Touch

The majority of audiophiles and music experts out there agree that the iPod Classic (based on the model) has a superior audio quality than the iPod touch or iPod Nano. One of the reasons is that it was designed with Wolfson music chips built-in.

Reason 5. A Nostalgic Trip Down Your Memory Lane

Take a trip down your memory lane by holding the revolutionary iPod Classic again after years. iPod Classic was a true milestone and even now, Apple aficionados will gladly spend a fortune to get a rare edition of iPod Classic. It still brings back those sweet memories of the older days.

Wrapping Up

Now that you know that iPods aren’t outdated yet, bring them back to life and update them with the latest music without having to use iTunes.

With WALTR PRO, transfer entire folders of songs to your iPod by just dragging and dropping them into the app. Listen to your favorite music without having to worry about the internet or battery life. With better sound quality, better battery life, and better storage options, what else do you need?

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You can also read our article in German: Wie Übertrage Ich Musik auf iPod Ohne iTunes.


How to Put Music on iPod Classic?

One of the best ways to listen and jam to your favorite music is through iPod Classic. But due to the byproduct philosophy of Apple, it’s difficult to add your favorite music to the iPod. Don’t worry; we have got you here:

  • Step 1: Install WALTR PRO on your computer
  • Step 2: Launch the app and connect your iPod Classic to your computer via USB
  • Step 3: Drop your favorite song in the drop zone of WALTR PRO
  • Step 4: Wait for a few seconds and then visit the music app on your iPod Classic How to Put Music on iPod Nano

How to Put Music on iPod Shuffle?

To put music on your iPod shuffle at lightning-fast speed, you need to download the WALTR PRO on your PC and install it. After installation, launch the application and connect your iPod to your PC via the USB or Wi-Fi option. When you are all set up, drop the song that you want to put on your iPod Shuffle in the WALTR PRO drop zone and let the application do its magic.

How to Put Music on iPod Nano?

SYC is perhaps the best way to put music on your iPod Nano. Here is what you need to do to put music on the iPod Nano.

  • Step 1: Install SYC on your PC.
  • Step 2: Connect your iPod device with your PC via USB
  • Step 3: Open the in-app browser and search for your desired song
  • Step 4: After finding your song, hit the download button
  • Step 5: Now, wait for a few seconds and then visit the music app on your iPod Nano to find your desired song.

Enjoy Apple Music on iPod Nano iPod Shuffle

Apple Music was launched in 2015. Before its official release, many iPod users thought that they were able to enjoy Apple Music songs on iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle as they had been using iPod to enjoy the songs purchased from iTunes Store. However, to their disappointment, many users found they were unable to transfer the downloaded Apple Music songs to iPod Nano/Shuffle via iTunes. When transferring, they only ended up with an error message that Apple Music songs cannot be copied to an iPod.

However, it’s been 7 years after Apple Music’s release, there are still lots of iPod users who are asking questions like Can I play Apple Music on iPod Nano?, Is there any way to enjoy Apple Music on my iPod Shuffle?, I want to copy Apple Music songs to iPod, what should I do? or something else similar on different forums or Q A websites. These questions indicates that enjoying Apple Music songs on iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle is always in demand. However, Apple has its own consideration and it discontinued iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle in 2017, which dashed all users’ hopes of iPod’s Apple Music support.

For music playback, iPod Nano or iPod Shuffle has some advantages over iPhone, iPad or other Smart devices. That’s why many iPod users want to find an alternative way. Generally speaking, users can enjoy Apple Music songs on iPod by buying an iPod Touch or other MP3 player with Apple Music support instead, purchasing songs from iTunes Store instead or converting Apple Music songs to MP3/M4A.

Converting Apple Music to MP3/M4A should be the best way on a cost/performance basis for enjoying Apple Music on iPod, because you don’t need to buy a new device, you can keep the output files after canceling the subscription, and use the output songs for various personal purposes. Actually, converting Apple Music to MP3/M4A for iPod Nano/Shuffle is as easy as a piece of cake with the help of AudGeek AppliTune Converter.

Part 1. iPod Nano/Shuffle Supported Formats iPod’s Apple Music Support

iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle, as portable MP3 players developed by Apple, was discontinued by Apple in 2017. However, there are still many iPod lovers who are using iPod to listening to music in their daily life. Both iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle are light-weight and easy to carry, which is really convenient for running, jogging or other exercises.

iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle can play plain audio files in MP3, AAC (M4A), WAV and AIFF format as well as purchased songs from iTunes Store. The format of purchased songs from iTunes Store was different before and after March 2009. Before that time, Apple sold songs in protected AAC format with file extension m4p. After that time, Apple used unprotected AAC format with m4a file extension instead of m4p. Users could download m4a files to replace their downloaded m4p files. Those m4p files can be transferred to iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle and enjoy without any limitations. If you check the file format of downloaded Apple Music songs in iTunes Media folder on both Windows and macOS, you can find m4p file extension is used again.

Many Apple Music users downloaded lots of Apple Music songs in iTunes and they may try to transfer the songs to iPod Nano or iPod Shuffle because Apple Music songs and former purchased iTunes Store songs shared a same file extension. However, when trying to transfer Apple Music songs to iPod Nano or iPod Shuffle, all they got is only an error message that Apple Music songs can’t be copied to an iPod.

Apple Music is a subscription-based music service which is different from digital music purchase and download. Apple Music allows you to enjoy millions of songs, but they can be only played within subscription period and on some authorized Smart devices. Purchased iTunes store songs are personal possession and can be virtually played on any devices including iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle and other MP3 players.

Apple Music songs can’t be played directly on iPod Nano or iPod Shuffle, but there are some options. Maybe one of them is perfect for you.

Part 2. Three Alternative Ways to Enjoy Apple Music on iPod Nano/Shuffle

Actually, you can change music playback device, change music source or use Apple Music conversion tools to fix the problem. You can use iPod Touch instead, purchase songs from iTunes Store instead or use professional Apple Music converter like AudGeek AppliTune Converter.

Use iPod Touch

iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle and iPod Classic are not included in the list of Apple Music supported devices, but iPod Touch is different. iPod Touch comes with iOS system, relatively light-weight design and Wi-Fi connection support. To support Apple Music services, iOS version should be at least iOS 8.4. As latest iOS version for iPod Touch 4 is only 6.1.6, so you will need iPod Touch 5 or later. To enjoy all the new features of Apple Music, we recommend you use latest iPod Touch 7. However, according to latest news, Apple has decided to discontinued iPod Touch line which means iPod Touch 7 is the last generation and there won’t be iPod Touch 8.

You can download Apple Music songs to iPod Touch under Wi-Fi connection and enjoy the songs offline. However, though iPod Touch is much lighter than iPhone, it’s still much heavier than iPod Nano or iPod Shuffle, which drastically decreases the convenience.

Purchase songs from iTunes Store

Maybe lots of Apple Music users have used this way before. However, compared to Apple Music service, purchasing songs from iTunes Store will drastically increase your spending. You can only purchase several songs or an album with 9.99, however, with the same price, you can enjoy millions of songs on Apple Music for a month.

However, some users found that some songs are only available on Apple Music and unavailable on iTunes Store, and this trend is getting worse and worse. That is to say, Apple is somehow secretly forcing you to use Apple Music.

Apple Music conversion tools

There are some professional Apple Music conversion tools which can convert Apple Music songs to MP3, M4A or WAV. With such tools, neither you need to buy a new iPod Touch, nor you need to spend a lot to purchase songs from iTunes Store. Basically, Apple Music converters work with either Apple Music web player or iTunes/Music app. Here we will introduce two excellent Apple Music converters which use two ways respectively.

Part 3. AudGeek AppliTune Converter: Best Solution to Play Apple Music on iPod Nano/Shuffle

AudGeek AppliTune Converter works with a built-in Apple Music web player and capture audio streaming efficiently, so it comes with more user-friendly interface and faster conversion. It also provides flexible and useful options and high-quality output files. It might be the best solution to play Apple Music songs on iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle. Check its wonderful features below.

AudGeek AppliTune Converter: Convert Apple Music to MP3/M4A

AudGeek AppliTune Converter can efficiently convert Apple Music songs to high-quality MP3, M4A or WAV format which can be transferred to iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle for offline playback.

  • Convert Apple Music songs, albums and playlists to MP3 at 20X faster speed.
  • Provide a chrome-based built-in Apple Music web player without using iTunes or Music app.
  • Keep music information like title, album, artist, track number and artwork in output files.
  • Flexibly rename output files in batch by title, album, artist, track number, hyphen, space, etc.
  • Keep output organized by sorting into album, artist, album/artist or artist/album folders.

AudGeek AppliTune Converter is available for free trial. We highly recommend you download the free trial version to have a test first before purchasing. The free trial version can only convert 3 files at a time and can only convert 3 minutes for each file. If you are satisfied with this product, you can purchase a license to get a registration code to unlock the limitations and enjoy all wonderful features.

Part 4. Convert Apple Music to MP3/M4A for iPod Nano/Shuffle with AudGeek AppliTune Converter

AudGeek AppliTune Converter can directly convert Apple Music songs to MP3/M4A/WAV, which is playable on iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle, in only a few clicks. Neither you need to use iTunes or Music app, nor you need to download the Apple Music songs in advance. Working with a built-in web player, just make sure you have a stable internet connection.

Step 1 Sign in Apple ID on AudGeek AppliTune Converter

Launch AudGeek AppliTune Converter after installing it, and you will see a built-in Apple Music web player and Sign In button with on-screen instruction at the upper right corner. Click Sign In button to enter your Apple ID and password. You don’t need to sign in again if you don’t sign out the built-in Apple Music web player.

Step 2 Choose output format for iPod Nano/Shuffle

Click the gear icon at the upper right corner to open Settings dialog, and then you can choose output format. By default, Auto option (M4A format) will be used. Since iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle can play MP3, M4A, WAV and AIFF, you can choose one of them if necessary. However, WAV or AIFF format is lossless and occupies too much capacity, you’d better choose MP3 or M4A so that your iPod Nano/Shuffle can hold more songs.

If necessary, you can set a rule for renaming the output files and select how to sort the output files. If you want to locate the output files after conversion, you can select Open the output folder in After conversion list.

Step 3 Add album or playlist to conversion list

Go back to built-in Apple Music web player, open detailed page of your favorite album or playlist, and click Add to List button in the middle right, then all the songs in the album or playlist will be added to conversion list.

Step 4 Start converting Apple Music songs

By default, all songs will be added in checked status and you can check music information including title, artist, album, duration and artwork. If there are some songs you don’t want to convert, simply uncheck them. Then you can simply click Convert button to start converting Apple Music songs. You will get the output files soon because of the 20X faster conversion speed.

Once the conversion task is done, you can open output folder, add output files to iTunes library, connect your iPod to PC and transfer the songs to iPod. You can check the detailed steps in next part.

Part 5. Transfer Converted Apple Music Songs to iPod Nano/Shuffle with iTunes or Finder

Once the Apple Music songs has been converted to MP3 or M4A, we need to transfer the output files to iPod Nano or iPod Shuffle for offline playback. To transfer the songs, we need to use iTunes on Windows and macOS up to Mojave 10.14.6, or use Finder on macOS Catalina 10.15 or later. However, no matter which OS you are using, you need to add the songs to music library of iTunes or Music app first.

Use iTunes to transfer the songs on Windows or old macOS

Step 1: Launch iTunes, click menu File Add Files to Library. and browse the output folder, then add the converted Apple Music songs to iTunes library. If necessary, you can also create a playlist and add output songs to it. The songs can be found in Recently Added list.

Step 2: Connect your iPod Nano or iPod Shuffle to PC with a USB cable. Once iPod icon is displayed in the upper left of iTunes interface, click it to show the details.

Step 3: Click Music under iPod, check Sync Music, select your favorite songs or playlists. After that, click Apply button to start transferring converted Apple Music songs to your iPod Nano or iPod Shuffle.

Use Finder to transfer the songs on macOS

Step 1: Before using Finder, you need to add the converted Apple Music songs to Music app. Launch Music app, click menu File Import to add converted Apple Music songs to Music app first. If necessary, you can create a playlist and add songs to it.

Step 2: Connect your iPod Nano/Shuffle to your Mac using a USB cable, for some Mac models, you may need to prepare a USB adapter in advance. Once iPod is connected, its name will be displayed in the left sidebar of Finder.

Step 3: Open Finder, click [iPod’s name] on left sidebar, and you will see the detailed information of your iPod model. Then click Music tab, check Sync music onto iPod, then choose to sync entire music library or selected artists, albums, genres and playlists. After selecting the songs, you can click Apply button to start transferring converted Apple Music songs to your iPod Nano or iPod Shuffle.

Bottom line

It’s no doubt that Apple Music is a great service, however, Apple Music songs is not playable on iPod Nano or iPod Shuffle. This seems to be a little unreasonable. Maybe Apple has forgotten how many iPods they have sold and Apple simply ignores the great demand of playing Apple Music on iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle. For that, we need a third-party solution. And AudGeek AppliTune Converter provides an easy-to-use and fast solution.

If you want to enjoy Apple Music songs on iPod Nano/Shuffle, do not hesitate to download AudGeek AppliTune Converter and have a free trial.

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How to Play Apple Music on iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic/Touch

Q: Apple Music service and iPod are both Apple products, but when I sync downloaded Apple Music tracks to my iPod, I get the error message Apple Music songs cannot be copied to iPod. What is going on here? Is there any way to put Apple Music on iPod device?

In fact, Apple Music is available on iPod Touch. As for the iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic, they do not have a native Apple Music application to access Apple Music songs. Therefore, this article finds an effective solution to play Apple Music on iPod Classic/Nano/Shuffle. In addition, you will also learn the official method to make Apple Music iPod Touch a reality.

Part 1. Why You Can’t Sync Apple Music to iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic

Since iPod Touch is available with the built-in Apple Music app, you’ll be able to easily listen to Apple Music on iPod Touch. Whereas those older iPod models, such as iPod Nano, Classic and Shuffle, lack Wi-Fi capability. Currently, Apple Music is not a native app in iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic.

In addition, Apple Music songs are protected by digital rights management, meaning you can only access Apple Music songs on devices that support the Apple Music app. What’s more, you do not have the right to sync protected Apple Music to an iPod device that is not Wi-Fi-enabled.

Part 2. How to Put Apple Music on iPod Classic/Nano/Shuffle

For the reasons mentioned above, you need to remove all format locks from your Apple Music streams first. A reliable tool AudFree Apple Music Converter is the best choice. It a well-known Apple Music conversion tool to get completely unprotected Apple Music songs by getting rid of Apple restrictions. After that, you have the freedom to sync Apple Music to iPod Nano, Shuffle and Classic.

Also, this Apple Music to iPod Converter can convert encrypted Apple Music to MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC etc. with original ID3 tags retained. With the help of this excellent tool, you can not only freely play any Apple Music songs on iPod Classic/Nano/Shuffle, but also back up the songs on any other device forever, even after canceling Apple Music subscription.

AudFree Apple Music Converter

How to Download Apple Music to iPod

Step 1 Add Downloaded Apple Music to AudFree Auditior Before importing the songs, make sure they were already completely downloaded onto your computer. Otherwise you should subscribe the Apple Music service to download Apple Music offline firstly. After that, launch AudFree Apple Music Converter, then click the first ‘Add’ button at the bottom left to load the target songs to the application. Or directly drag the files from iTunes music folder. Step 2 Define Apple Music Output Settings for iPod When the tracks are imported into the converter, simply go to the bottom right corner and click the ‘Format’ icon near ‘Convert’ button. Then you’ll be directed to the output settings window where you can choose the output profile, including audio format, codec, channel, sample rate, bit rate, etc. In order to make the songs playable on iPod, you are highly recommended to set the output format as MP3. Step 3 Convert Apple Music for iPod Classic/Nano/Shuffle Now, you should click the Convert button to start converting Apple Music songs to MP3. Once converted, simply select the Converted button to view the unprotected Apple Music. After that, you can always listen to Apple Music offline and sync it to the desired iPod model.

How to Transfer Apple Music to iPod Shuffle/Classic/Nano

Now, it’s time to copy the converted Apple Music songs to iPod Nano, Shuffle and Classic. Here are two methods for you to consider.

How to Sync Apple Music to iPod via iTunes

Step 1. Click on the File Import Files to Library option to upload the converted Apple Music tracks to your iTunes library on your computer.

Step 2. Connect your iPod Classic, Nano, or Shuffle to your computer.

Step 3. Then go to the iTunes app and click on Music Sync Music Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres.

Step 4. In the Playlists section, select the Recently added option where you stored the well converted Apple Music songs in iTunes library.

Step 5. Click Apply and iTunes will automatically sync these Apple Music songs to your iPod within seconds.

How to Put Apple Music to iPod via USB Cable

Step 1. Connect your iPad Nano, Shuffle or Classic to your computer via USB cable.

Step 2. Go to Start Settings Control Panel, click Folder option and scroll down to enable hidden files and folders.

Step 3. Navigate to the My Computer folder on your computer to locate the iPod folder.

Step 4. Copy and paste the converted Apple Music songs into the iPod folder. Once the transfer is complete, you’re ready to listen to Apple Music offline on iPod without any restrictions.

Part 3. How to Add Apple Music to iPod Touch

Of the iPod lineup, only the iPod Touch comes with iOS to install apps from the App Store. In addition, it is the only iPod model that can be used to listen to Apple Music. Also, the Apple Music app can only be installed on iOS 8.4 or later, and iPod Touch generations 5, 6 and 7 can meet the requirements. In other words, you can’t play Apple Music on iPod Touch 4 or older generations.

How to Download Apple Music to iPod Touch

Step 1. Launch the Apple Music app on your iPod Touch and sign in to your Apple ID.

Step 2. Browse and select your favorite songs in the Apple Music library and click the Add to Library button.

Step 3. Press and hold on the preferred Apple song and tap the ‘Download’ button to download Apple Music to your iPod Touch.

Step 4. Now, you can start listening to Apple Music offline on iPod Touch with ease.

Part 4. FAQs About Apple Music iPod

Does iPod Nano Have Apple Music?

The iPod Nano does not have an acoustic Apple Music application. As a result, it also does not recognize protected Apple Music files.

Which iPod Works with Apple Music?

Of all the iPod models, only the iPod Touch is compatible with Apple Music. To break it down even further, you can only listen to Apple Music on iPod Touch 5th to 7th generation.

Can You Put Apple Music on Old iPod?

As for those old iPods like the iPod Shuffle, Classic and Nano, you can turn to AudFree Apple Music Converter to get unprotected Apple Music. Then it couldn’t be easier to sync Apple Music on iPod Nano, Shuffle and Classic.

Part 5. Conclusion

This is all about how to play Apple Music on iPod Touch, Shuffle, Classic and Nano. We recommend you to use AudFree Apple Music Converter because it removes the restrictions of Apple Music perfectly. This way, you can transfer Apple Music to iPod or other players whenever you want. Try enjoying Apple Music songs on all iPod models to your heart’s content.

Updated by James Blair to Apple Music Tips

How to Put Apple Music on iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic/Touch

“How to sync music to iPod from Apple Music? Many iPod users will meet the issue when copying Apple Music streams to iPod devices. You will find that you can transfer Apple Music to iPod Touch. But you can’t do that on iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic. So, how to make Apple Music iPod to work?

In the following article, we will tell you the detailed reasons why you have no rights to add Apple Music to iPod MP3 players. Also, we will introduce some tips for you on how to put Apple Music on iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic/Touch. Let’s learn more about them in the parts below.

  • Part 1. Why Can’t Sync Apple Music to iPod
  • Part 2. Use Apple Music on iPod. Best Way
  • Part 3. Download Apple Music to iPod Touch
  • Tips: Differences between Nano and Shuffle
  • FAQs about Apple Music iPod

Part 1. Why You Can’t Add Apple Music to iPod

Does iPod Nano have Apple Music? Not all iPod devices support to add Apple Music songs to them for playback. With the built-in Apple Music app, it’s an easy task to stream Apple Music songs in Apple Touch without any limitations. So, you will be confused why iPod Nano and Shuffle can’t support syncing Apple Music.

When you get an iPod Nano or Shuffle, you will find that they don’t have Apple Music app for downloading Apple Music songs. What’s worse, there is no Wi-Fi capabilities on iPod. That means Apple can’t authenticate whether you are one of the subscribers of Apple Music. So, you can’t access the Apple Music library on Nano and Shuffle. Perhaps, you’d like to move and enjoy Apple Music on iPod Nano or Shuffle.

Yet, the digital protection on Apple Music songs will prevent you from copying music files to iPod and other iOS devices. So, how to download music to iPod Shuffle/Classic/Nano from Apple Music? That’s easy. You can follow the ways below.

Part 2. How to Put Apple Music on iPod Nano and Shuffle. Best Way

From the above, we know that there is no way to add the Apple Music app and Wi-Fi network to iPod Nano and Shuffle. So, what if you do want to listen to Apple Music songs on iPod Nano and Shuffle? Please don’t worry. To do that, you can discover an Apple Music DRM removal software to bypass DRM protection from Apple Music. And then convert DRM M4P files to Nano and Shuffle compatible formats.

Here, we can meet DRmare Apple Music Converter. It is an extraordinary and professional DRM cracker. It enables you to get rid of DRM restrictions at a 30X faster speed. And it can transfer Apple Music to supported formats by iPod Nano and Shuffle like MP3 and others with zero quality lossless. Thanks to this Smart tool, you can sync Apple Music to iPod devices. Also, you can keep Apple Music on iPod forever even if you have canceled your Apple Music subscription.

DRmare Apple Music to iPod Converter

How to Download Music to iPod Shuffle/Nano from Apple Music by DRmare Apple Music Converter

To add Apple Music to iPod, you should prepare the following things. You need a Mac or Windows computer, an iPod Nano, Shuffle or Classic, the latest Apple Music app or iTunes Store, and DRmare Apple Music Converter. Once all things are ready, you can refer to the complete guide to sync music to iPod from Apple Music with no effort.

Step 1 Import downloaded Apple Music to DRmare software Please click the shortcut icon on the desktop to launch DRmare Apple Music Converter and its main interface will pop up. Click the first Add Files button at the bottom-left corner, Apple Music library will show up. And you can choose your favorite Apple Music and add them to the DRmare tool. Step 2 Set output format and other parameters for Apple Music iPod Please touch the Format panel to open the new window. Then you can see a list of supported output formats. You can set MP3, M4A or other output formats supported by iPod Nano and Shuffle. Also, you can customize the output parameters, like bit rate, sample rate, audio codec and channel. Step 3 Convert Apple Music songs for iPod Shuffle/Nano Once all settings are OK, it’s time to convert Apple Music M4P files to unprotected MP3 files via the Convert button at the bottom-right corner. Please be patient to wait for the end of the conversion process. In general, it will work at 30X faster speed.

How to Add Apple Music to iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic

Now, you got the common Apple Music songs for iPod devices. Here you can follow the steps on how to put Apple Music on iPod Classic/Nano/Shuffle.

Method 1. By iTunes

Step 1. Locate unprotected Apple Music tracks in the destination folder. Then import them to the iTunes library on your computer by clicking the File Import File to Library option.

Step 2. Please connect the iPod Nano, Shuffle or Classic with iTunes via the USB cable. Then touch the iPod icon on iTunes. Next, click Music Sync Music selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres.

Step 3. Choose the Recently added menu from the Playlists section. That includes the Apple Music songs you imported to the iTunes library.

Step 4. Touch the Apply button and Apple Music tracks will sync to iPod.

Step 5. Once synced, hit on the ‘Eject’ icon next to your iPod device icon on iTunes to disconnect iPod to iTunes. At last, you can play Apple Music on iPod Nano/Classic/Shuffle offline.

Method 2. Via USB Cable

Step 1. Using a USB cable to connect your iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic to your computer.

Step 2. Head to ‘My Computer’ or ‘This PC’ to open your iPod device.

Step 3. Select the ‘Tool’ option at the top of the file manager window. Then scroll down to find and hit on the ‘Show hidden files and folders’ option.

Step 4. Find the folder called ‘iPod control’ and then head to the music folder of your iPod.

Step 5. Locate the converted Apple Music files and drag them to your iPod device. Then you can listen to Apple Music songs on iPod without any limits.

Part 3. How to Download and Play Apple Music on iPod Touch

If you use an iPod Touch (5th to 7th generation), then you can get Apple Music iPod Touch to work with ease. With the iOS 15 operating system, you can access millions of songs on Apple Music app with your Apple Music subscription. Now, let’s learn how to get Apple Music on iPod Touch for playing.

Step 1. Power on your iPod Touch, then start the Apple Music app. And then log in to the Apple Music app with your Apple ID.

Step 2. Find and touch a song you like in the music library. Then click on the ‘Add to Library’ button.

Step 3. Next, press and hold your favorite song in the library. Then click on the ‘Download’ button to download music to iPod from Apple Music.

Step 4. At last, you added Apple Music songs to your iPod Touch. And then you can start to play Apple Music on iPod Touch with ease.

Tips: Differences between iPod Nano iPod Shuffle

This part aims to provide some useful information for iPod addicts who like to purchase iPod MP3 players but has no idea about which one to choose. The following chart discusses the major differences between iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano.

Q1: Which iPod Device Can Work with Apple Music?

A: You can use Apple Music on iPod Touch. Yet, it requires the Touch from the 5th to the 7th generation with iOS 8.4 or later. Also, you will need an Apple Music subscription.

Q2: Do I have to Be an Apple Music Subscriber to Download Apple Music on My iPod Touch?

A: Nope. You can also buy an Apple Music song via the iTunes Store on your Touch. And then you can download music to iPod Touch for listening offline.

Q3: Can I Put Songs from Apple Music on My iPod?

A: You can’t move Apple Music songs to iPod for use in a direct way because of the protection on Apple Music. If you want to do that, you can use DRmare Apple Music Converter to convert Apple Music files to plain audio. Then you can transfer and add Apple Music to iPod for listening.

iPod shuffle

The iPod shuffle is a digital audio player designed and marketed by Apple Computer (later Apple Inc.). It is the smallest model in Apple’s iPod product line, and was the first to use flash memory. The first model was announced at the Macworld Conference Expo on January 11, 2005. [1] The fourth and final generation model was introduced on September 1, 2010. [2] Unlike other iPod models, the iPod shuffles did not have a screen nor visual user interface. Uploaded songs are played at random (hence, the name shuffle). [3] With the growing transition towards iOS devices, the iPod shuffle and nano were quietly discontinued on July 27, 2017. [4] This left the iOS-based iPod touch as the last remaining iPod model until it too, was discontinued on May 10, 2022. [5]

Models [ ]

1st generation [ ]

Main article: iPod shuffle (1st generation)

Released on January 11, 2005, the 1st-generation iPod shuffle weighed 0.78 ounces (22 g) and was designed to be easily loaded with a selection of songs and to play them in random order. According to Apple,[citation needed] owners of existing iPods had often left the music selection to shuffle, and the new iPod shuffle was a way of implementing that in a much more cost-effective fashion. It relies on the use of an autofill feature in iTunes, which can select songs at random from a user’s music library (or from a specific playlist) and copy as many as will fit into the iPod shuffle’s memory. The shuffle can hold up to 240 songs (1-GB model, based on Apple‘s estimate, of four minutes per song and 128 kbit/s AAC encoding). It used the SigmaTel STMP35xx system on a chip (SOC) and its software development kit (SDK) v2.6, a flash memory IC, and USB rechargeable lithium cell. The STMP35xx SOC and its software was the most fully integrated portable MP3 playback system at release time and SigmaTel was Austin’s largest IPO (2003) capturing over 60% of flash based MP3 player world market share in 2004. In 2005, peak iPod first-generation shuffle production occurred at a hundred thousand units per day, at the Asus factory.

The simplified design lacks a display and the trademark scroll wheel, playlist management features, and is missing the games, address book, calendar, alarm, and notes capability of larger iPods; it cannot be used with iSync. Due to the codec not being ported, it is incapable of playing Apple Lossless and AIFF audio files. Using improved audio technology in the SigmaTel STMP35xx SOC and SDK, the iPod shuffle has a better bass response than a 4th generation iPod, according to a review published days after its release. iPod shuffle comes with a second cap on a lanyard, which a user can wear around his or her neck.

iTunes offers some new features for iPod shuffle. One is the ability to reduce the bit rate of songs to 128 kbit/s AAC. The conversion is done automatically, with the original file left untouched on the computer and the smaller (lower bit rate) file sent to the iPod shuffle. Older versions of iTunes allowed an iPod shuffle playlist to be viewed and changed while the unit is not connected; the next time the unit is connected, it can then be updated with the changed playlist. This functionality is no longer a part of iTunes as of iTunes 7.

The front of the iPod shuffle has buttons for Play/Pause, Next Song/Fast Forward, Previous Song/Fast Reverse, and up and down volume adjustment. On the reverse, it has a battery level indicator light (activated by a button) and a three-position switch to turn the unit off or set it to play music in order or shuffled. It plugs directly into a computer’s USB port (either 1.1 or 2.0), through which it also recharges its battery, which has an expected life of around 12 hours between charges. The USB plug is hidden beneath a cap. The unit also comes with a lanyard that attaches to the iPod shuffle via an attached cap and this allows the user to wear the iPod shuffle around his or her neck.

The iPod shuffle can also be used as a USB flash drive. iTunes allows a user to set how much of the drive will be allowed for storing files, and how much will be used for storing.

2nd generation [ ]

Main article: iPod shuffle (2nd generation)

On September 12, 2006, Apple announced the release of the 2nd-generation iPod shuffle, calling it the most wearable iPod ever.[4] First shipments of the unit were slated for an October 2006 arrival, but actually started shipping on Friday, November 3, 2006.[5] The second generation initially featured a lone 1 GB model in a silver brushed aluminum case similar to the second generation iPod Nano and the older iPod Mini. The new model is less than half the size of the first generation model at 41.2 x 27.3 x 10.5 mm (1.62 x 1.07 x 0.41 in), and is the size of the iPod Radio Remote available for iPod Nanos and 5th generation iPods. Apple claimed it was the world’s smallest MP3 player. This size includes the new built-in belt clip; the actual unit itself is thinner, with the entire device weighing only 15.5 g (0.55 ounces). The power/shuffle/no shuffle switch from the first generation version was separated into two controls to avoid an accidentally selected mode of operation. The formatting of the iPod itself is new to Apple, as the 2G (second generation) shuffle will only format itself to FAT32. iTunes issues a warning that the iPod is incorrectly formatted if brought to the Macintosh format HFS. All previous iPod models have allowed the usage of either the Mac format or the Windows format.[6] On the second generation iPod shuffle, USB connectivity is provided via an included piece of hardware which acts as a docking station for the transfer of data and the recharging of the iPod’s internal battery through its headphone jack. The second generation iPod shuffle is also able to act as a flash drive, just like the first generation iPod shuffle. However, unlike the first generation iPod shuffle, the second generation does not have a built-in USB connector. This means that the docking station is required for connection to a computer on the second generation model.

The 2nd-generation shuffle can play MP3, MP3 VBR, AAC, Protected AAC, Audible (formats 2, 3 and 4), WAV and AIFF. Due to its low processing power the only iTunes-supported file format that the iPod does not support is Apple Lossless.[citation needed] Using large file sizes inherent of WAV or AIFF files will very quickly fill the device’s low 1 GB capacity. iPod shuffle cannot play music from music video files.

On January 30, 2007, Apple announced the addition of four new colors to the iPod shuffle line. Pink, orange, green, and blue choices have been made available via retailers and the Apple Store (online) in addition to the original silver color. The colors blue, green, and pink are essentially the same hues as the second generation iPod Nano and iPod Mini. The new orange color is a first for the iPod franchise. They also now come with the new redesigned headphones that were not included with the original silver model. The box was also changed to have gray text instead of the lime-green text; lime-green text indicating that the original headphones are included, gray text indicating that the new headphones are included On September 5, 2007, Apple refreshed the line with four new colors including a (PRODUCT) RED version. The new colors are turquoise, lavender, mint green, and (PRODUCT) RED. with the previous colors orange, blue, green, and pink being discontinued.

On February 19, 2008, Apple introduced a 2 GB version of the iPod shuffle, retailing for US69 and available in all the same colours as the 1 GB model. On the same day, the price of the 1 GB model was lowered from US79 to US49. At the Apple Let’s Rock Event on September 9, 2008, Apple released four new colors for the iPod shuffle: blue, green, pink, and red, replacing the colors that were released in September 2007. The blue, green and pink variants of the iPod shuffle during this period reverted to shades that were similar to the colors that were released in January 2007, while the red variant was now a brighter shade. In June 2009, Avon offered a gold iPod shuffle (second generation) for 29 when purchased in conjunction with selected fragrances.[citation needed]

The 2nd-generation 2 GB iPod shuffle was discontinued on March 11, 2009 and the 1 GB version was discontinued on September 9, 2009.

3rd generation [ ]

Main article: iPod shuffle (3rd generation)

The 3rd-generation iPod shuffle was released on March 11, 2009. It was described by Apple to be jaw-droppingly small and The first music player that talks to you as well as the first waterproof iPod.[8] with dimensions of 45.2×17.5×7.8 mm (1.78×0.69×0.31 in). It was available with a silver or black brushed aluminum case similar to the second generation iPod shuffle. This made it the first iPod shuffle that was available in black. It featured VoiceOver technology that allowed song names, artist names, album names and playlist contents and names to be spoken in 20 different languages[9] using the Text-to-Speech incorporated in iTunes 8 and 9. It also gained support for multiple playlists, in contrast to previous versions of the iPod shuffle, which allowed only a single playlist.

The 3rd-generation iPod shuffle features a polished steel attachment clip, adopting for the first time the polished steel finishing previously found only on the larger iPods, rather than the brushed aluminum used in the second-generation iPod shuffle. It also no longer had volume or track controls on the device itself. Instead, the packaged iPod earbuds included a three-button device on the right earbud cord. This adds the functions of changing between playlists, hearing the song title and artist of the track playing, as well as play/pause, track changes and volume control. It is not possible to change songs or volume with most third-party headphones, since they lack these controls. However, since the iPod shuffle begins playing music automatically when it is turned on, third-party headphones may still be used in autoplay mode (with no volume or playback controls). Some third-party headphones and headphone adapters include full support for the third generation iPod shuffle. The official headphones contain a chip designed by Apple to control the device. DRM is not however present in the chip as there is no encryption used.

On September 9, 2009, Apple introduced three new colors for the iPod shuffle: pink, blue, and green. The Apple Store also exclusively offered a 4 GB model made of polished stainless steel.

4th generation [ ]

Main article: iPod shuffle (4th generation)

The 4th-generation iPod shuffle featured the return of clickable track and volume controls from the first two generations. The control pad is 18% larger than the second generation of iPod shuffle. The dimensions of the device are 29×31.6×8.7 mm (1.1×1.24×0.34 in) and it weighs 12.5 g (0.4 oz). The player also features a new voice-over button. The model also features VoiceOver from the third generation, now with a devoted physical button, in twenty-nine languages (Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English (Australia, UK, U.S.), Finnish, French (Canada, France), German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish (Mexico, Spain), Swedish, Thai and Turkish). It also features Genius and handles multiple playlists. Like the previous generation it supports MP3, VBR, AAC, Protected AAC, Audible (formats 2, 3 and 4), WAV, AIFF and Apple Lossless, and the battery lasts for 15 hours of music.

It was originally sold in five colors (silver with a black control pad, green, blue, orange and pink with a white control pad), but on September 12, 2012, Apple held an event to formally introduce the iPhone 5, as well as a new iPod lineup. The iPod shuffle remained unchanged except for the exterior colors now being offered in 7 new colors (silver or black with a black control pad or green, blue, pink, yellow, and purple with a white control pad) as well as a (PRODUCT) RED edition model with a white control pad. Unlike the second Generation, the iPod does not come with a dock, but like the third generation, comes with a 45 mm USB Cable. A longer cable was also available for US19. The included in-box headphones do not feature the remote control, but the device supported them. It was last sold in 2 GB models with U.S. pricing for the device set at US49; in Europe it cost €49, in the UK the price was £40, in New Zealand the price was 69, and in Australia the price was A55.

External links [ ]

  • Identify your iPod model: iPod shuffle
  • Tech Specs: iPod shuffle
  • iPod shuffle at Wikipod (archived 2005-02-24)
  • iPod Shuffle at Wikipedia