Are you expect to listen to Apple Music on iPod Nano? How to put music onto iPod nano with Apple Music? This tutorial will teach you an easy way to play Apple Music on iPod Nano and any iPod devices by converting Apple Music to MP3 files.

Although there are many advanced MP3 players like Onkyo Receiver, TIMMKOO MP3 Player, Astell & Kern A&norma SR25, etc. on the market, there are still many users who are unwilling to give up their old iPod Nanod. So far iPod device is still one of the best music players to listen to songs. However, it will be a little difficult to listen to Apple Music on iPod Nano. Here are some problems posted on Apple communities:

“Why can’t I use Apple Music on iPod Nano? When I sync Apple Music to iPod, an error message appears saying that ‘Apple music songs cannot be copied to an iPod’. Why this happened? Does Apple music still support iPods? How do I enjoy Apple Music on iPod Nano?”

Why Can’t Sync Apple Music to iPod Nano?

In fact, Apple Music is a subscription service, which requires the Internet to verify whether the user’s account is valid. The old iPod Nano cannot connect to the Internet. Apple Music users are only allowed to listen to the songs on authorized devices, including iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch (5th or above), Apple Watch, Apple TV, Mac, PC, Apple HomePod, Apple CarPlay, Android phone, Sonos and Amazon Echo device. The old iPod Nano , Shuffle, Classic, etc. are not on the list. The most important reason is that all downloaded Apple Music songs are M4P file format with DRM protection and can’t be recognized or played on iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic.

Don’t worry, this is not the end of the story – You still have the opportunity to play Apple Music on iPod Nano. As we all know, most music players and devices, including the iPod devices support the MP3 audio format. That is to say, once you can get MP3s from Apple Music, then you could put Apple Music on iPod Nano or other unauthorized devices for offline listening. Here you can ask help from a third-party tool – TunesBank Apple Music Converter.

Best Apple Music to iPod Converter – TunesBank Apple Music Converter

TunesBank Apple Music Converter is developed to help you crack Apple Music DRM and convert Apple Music tracks, albums, artists & playlists to unprotected MP3, M4A, FLAC and more audio formats. By applying accelerate technology, it can run at up to 5-10X faster without dropping any quality (up to 320kbps bitrate). It further, it will preserve all ID3 tags and metadata like song cover, title, artwork, artist, genre, year, etc. in output MP3/M4A files.

Another powerful function is that it supports to convert iTunes music, podcast, iTunes audiobooks and Audible audiobooks to plain audios. After conversion, you could transfer the converted Apple Music songs to iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic/Mini/Touch, MP3 players, smartphone, smart speakers and more devices for enjoying offline!

Tutorial: How to Listen to Apple Music on iPod Nano with TunesBank

Here’s the detailed tutorial to listen to Apple Music songs on iPod Nano. To do this, first you need to convert your Apple Music songs to MP3/M4A files with the help of TunesBank Apple Music Converter. TunesBank Apple Music Converter is fully compatible with Windows and MacOS, including the latest Windows 11 and macOS big sur. Click the “Download” button to get a free trial version for your system. Before you start, make sure you have iTunes installed on your desktop.

Step 1. Launch TunesBank Apple Music Converter
After the installation is complete, start the TunesBank program, and sign in with your Apple ID. After that, you will enter the Apple Music web player.

launch the converter and sign in Apple ID

Step 2. Select Apple Music Songs/Albums/Playlist
Now tap on “My Songs”, “Playlists” or any album and drag it to the “+’ icon. If you can’t find a song easily, you can type the song name in the Search box to locate it.

add Apple Music playlist

Select the desired Apple Music songs. Batch conversion allows you to select an entire playlist for conversion.

Select Apple Music Songs

Step 3. Select MP3/M4A as Output Format
iPod Nano can only play MP3, M4A or WAV songs. Go to “Output Settings”, you can select the MP3 or M4A in the “Output Format” option. By the way, you can also change the Output Quality, Output Folder, Codec, Bitrate, Sample Rate, Channels, etc.

customize Bitrate and Sample Rate

Step 4. Start Converting Apple Music to MP3/M4A
After the above settings, hit on the “Convert” button, then TunesBank software will immediately convert all selected Apple Music songs to DRM-free MP3 files without losing any quality.

Convert Apple Music to MP3

Step 5. Get DRM-free Apple Music Songs
Wait for a few minutes, then you can tap “Finished” tab to get the converted Apple Music songs.

Apple Music to MP3 conversion completed

Step 6. Sync Converted Apple Music Songs to iPod Nano
Now launch iTunes app on your Mac/PC, directly drag and drop the converted Apple Music files to iTunes library. Next, connect your iPod Nano to iTunes via USB cable, and click on your iPod Nano. Finally, click “Music” > “Sync Music” > “Recently Added” > “Apply”.

sync apple music to ipod

Tips: This method is also suitable for transferring Apple Music songs to iPod Classic, iPod Shuffle, iPod Mini, iPhone, iPad, etc.

After which, you can freely enjoy Apple Music on iPod Nano without hassle! Also, you may transfer the Apple Music songs to any other old iPod devices and MP3 player for listening offline!

Listen to Apple Music on iPod Nano


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