How to Sync Apple Music to iPod

Do you want to play Apple Music songs on your iPod?s Here we teach you an useful way to convert Apple Music to MP3 or M4A format, so that you can transfer Apple Music songs/playlists to iPod touch, iPod nano, iPod shuffle for offline playing freely.

Can you put Apple Music on an iPod Classic? I often listen to music with iPod Classic, such as running, yogaing, travel..Recently, I subscribed to Apple Music service, since the downloaded songs are M4P format, I don’t know how to transfer Apple Music tracks from iTunes to iPod nano, how to convert Apple Music M4P file to MP3 or M4A supported by iPod nano?”

How to sync Apple music to my iPod nano for playback? Is it possble to convert and transfer Apple Music tracks or playlists to iPod nano? Thanks.”

sync Apple Music to iPod

Apple Music is the best music streaming service for most people, but it’s a pity that you can’t play Apple Music on iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle, iPod Classic, and even iPod Touch 1/2/3/4gen. When trying to sync downloaded Apple Music tracks to iPod nano, classic or shuffle, you’ll get an error message saying “Apple Music songs cannot be copied to an iPod“. In fact, many people may confused that why they can’t sync Apple music to iPod. How to import Apple music to iPod? Check out this post, you will find the answers! Here you are going to explore how to sync Apple Music to iPod nano/shuffle/classic/touch.

Why Apple Music Songs Cannot be Copied to iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic?

Generally, when you put Apple Music to an iPod nano or iPod Shuffle, you will receive a message saying: “Apple Music songs cannot be copied to an iPod.” Confused? All music provided by Apple Music is streaming content. Without a subscription, you need a network or Wi-Fi to listen to Apple Music online. However, iPod nano, iPod shuffle, iPod classic and iPod touch 1/2/3/4gen are not compatible with network and Wi-Fi. There is no Apple Music app for old iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle and iPod Classic.

apple music cant be copied to ipod

On the other hand, in order to prevent users from unsubscribing after downloading and keeping songs, all songs in Apple Music are in M4P format with DRM protection added. And iPod nano/classic/shuffle/ don’t support DRM-ed M4P format. Therefore, you cannot transfer or enjoy Apple Music songs directly on iPod nano/shuffle or non-Apple devices. So how to fix iPod nano/classic/shuffle/touch not syncing Apple Music issues? Keep reading!

Method 1: Turn on Sync Library to Sync Apple Music to iPod touch

Apple Music is not available on iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle and iPod Classic, but if you use iPod Touch 5, iPod Touch 6 or the latest iPod touch model, and your iPod Touch works on iOS 8.4 or later, of course you can enjoy Apple Music on your iPod Touch 5/6/7/8, as well as iPhones and iPads.

If you have subscribed to Apple Music service with iTunes on Windows or Music app on Mac, when you have got an new iPod Touch/iPhone/iPad, you can turn on Sync Library to access your music library and songs that you’ve downloaded from Apple Music on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch 5/6, etc. Let’s follow the below steps on how to sync Apple Music to iPod touch 8th Gen by Turning on Sync Library.

Sync Apple Music to iPod Touch 8 by Turning on Sync Library

Step 1. Connect your iPod touch 8th to the Internet over a Wi-Fi or cellular network.
Step 2. Update your iPod touch to the latest iOS version, for iPod Touch 8th, you can update the iPod touch to iOS 14.
Step 3. If you have subscribed to Apple Music or iTunes Match, please sign in to your iPod touch devices with the same Apple ID.
Step 4. Go to Settings > Music on your iPod touch.
Step 5. Turn on Sync Library – If you have subscribed to Apple Music or iTunes Match, you can see an option to turn on Sync Library.

Apple Music Turn on Sync Library

Tips: If Sync Library is updating or turned off, you’ll see a message at the top of the Library tab in the Apple Music app. If you cancel Apple Music subscrion, all synced Apple Music tracks becomes unplayable. However, if you want to save Apple Music songs on all iOS devices – iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, even you don’t subscribe to Apple Music, converting Apple Music to other unprotected format is the best way to keep Apple Music forever, moreover, you can listen to Apple Music songs/playlist on any devices.

Method 2: Convert and Sync Apple Music to Nano/Shuffle/Classic/Touch

In order to put Apple Music to iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic/Touch, you need a third party tool to help you convert Apple Music M4P songs to common audio formats like MP3 or M4A, so that you can import them to any iPods and MP3 player. In this way, you can sync Apple Music to any iPod models for offline playback.

TunesBank Apple Music Converter stands out among all music converters that lets you convert Apple Music to non-DRM M4A, MP3, AAC , AC3, FLAC, WAV with keeping original quality. Better yet, it also supports to convert iTunes purchased M4P songs, iTunes Audiobook and Audible Audiobook to MP3 format to adapt your devices and players. After which, you can easily add the Apple Music MP3 songs to your iTunes library for syncing to iPod, iPhone, iPad, etc.

Key Features of TunesBank Apple Music Converter:

  • Strip DRM protection from Apple Music, iTunes, and Audiobook.
  • Convert Apple Music to MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, AIFF, AU, AC3, etc.
  • Convert iTunes Music, iTunes Audiobook, Audible Audiobook to MP3.
  • Preserve Original quality and ID3 tags, metadata in output MP3 files.
  • Extract MP3 audios from iTunes videos for importing to all iPod devices.
  • Play Apple Music on iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic/Touch with ease.
  • Enjoy Apple Music offline on smartphone and portable devices.
  • Burn Apple Music to a CD or upload to iTunes/One Drive/Google Drive, etc.

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Part 1: Convert Apple Music to MP3/M4A for iPods

Step 1. Add Apple Music/Tracks to iTunes Library
First of all, download and install the latest version of iTunes app/Apple Music app on your computer. Then add the songs/tracks/albums/playlist to your iTunes library.

add apple music to itunes library

Step 2. Launch TunesBank Apple Music Converter
TunesBank Apple Music Converter is a desktop app for Mac and Windows. Free download and install TunesBank Apple Music Converter on your desktop. When you launch it, iTunes or Apple Music app(macOS 10.15 and later) will run automatically with it. You will see its clean and simple interface. At the same time, it will automatically load your iTunes library and playlists.

Launch TunesBank Apple Music Converter

Step 3. Pick the Apple Music Tracks to Convert
Click the “Playlist” on the left panel, and it will list all the Apple Music tracks in that playlist. Click the check box to select the songs to be converted. Don’t worry, the 5 times conversion speed allows you to batch convert any number of Apple Music songs.

Select Apple Music to Convert

Step 4. Choose MP3 or M4A as Output Format and Customize Output Parameter
Because ipod touch, iPod nano, iPod shuffle, iPod touch, iPhone, iPad and most Apple devices supports MP3 or M4A format, we suggest you select MP3 or M4A as output format. Please move to the bottom of the main interface, here you can choose MP3 or M4A as ouptut format.

Choose MP3 or M4A as Output Format

In addition, you also can customize Codec, Output Format, Output Quality, Bitrate, Sample rate and Channels of the output file.

Customize Output Parameter

Step 5. Convert Apple Music to M4A Supported by iPod
Now, it’s time to press on “Convert” button to start converting Apple Music songs to MP3 without quality loss. Do not use iTunes during the conversion process, iTunes will play Apple Music tracks in the background (mute).

convert Apple Music to m4a for ipods

Once done, go to “Finished” section to view all the converted MP3 songs, click the “View Output File” button to open the output folder.

Convert Apple Music to iPod nano

After converting Apple Music tracks to MP3 or M4A files with using TunesBank Apple Music Converter, so that you can sync the converted Apple Music songs to iPod Nano, iPod Classic, iPod Shuffle or iPod Touch for offline listening!

Part 2: Sync the Converted Apple Music to iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic via iTunes

Above simple steps, you have converted Apple Music tracks to MP3 or M4A with TunesBank Apple Music Converter, now you can use iTunes to sync those converted Apple Music songs to your iPod nano or more Apple devices.

1) Launch iTunes on your PC or Mac, and create a new playlist in iTunes library, then add the converted Apple Music songs (MP3 or M4A files) to this new created playlist.

2) Connect your iPod Nano or iPod Shuffle to computer with a USB cable. Then tab the iPod icon near the top left of the iTunes window.

2)In the left panel, click “Music”, and then select the box beside to “Sync Music”. Here you can select “Entire Music Library” or “Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres” according to your needs.

3) Click the “Apply” button at the bottom of the screen to sync the converted Apple Music to iPod nano or shuffle.

sync apple music to ipod nano

Tips: Similarly, this method is also suitable for converting and transferring Apple Music to iPhone, iPad, iPod Classic, iPod Touch.

Part 3: Transfer the Converted Apple Music to iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic via USB Cable

In addition iTunes, you can also put Apple Music on iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle or iPod Classic via USB cable. Here we take iPod Nano as example and guide you how to copy Apple Music to iPod Nano.

Step 1. Use an Apple USB cable to connect the iPod Nano to your PC. Go to “My Computer” to click on your iPod Nano.

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Step 2. Tap on “Tools”, and find the “Folder Options”. Under the “View” option, select “Show hidden files and folders”. Then click “Apply”.

copy apple music to ipod

Step 3. Turn back to “My Computer” and click on the “iPod” folder, then copy and paste the converted Apple Music M4A files to the folder.

Step 4. When finished, eject the iPod Nano, then you will be able to listen to all your favourite Apple Music songs on you iPod anytime, anywhere!

How to Enjoy Apple Music on iPod Touch 5/6/7/8(with Wifi Function)

Now you know how to put Apple Music to any iPods, including iPod nano, iPod Shuffle, iPod Classic. For iPod Touch users, if you have update the iPod touch to iOS 8.4 or later, you can find an Apple Music app in here. So, it’s much easier to enjoy Apple Music on the iPod Touch when you have an Apple Music subscription account. Next, you are going to learn how to enjoy Apple Music on iPod Touch with Apple Music subscription account.

Step 1. Open your iPod touch, log in to Apple Music with your Apple ID. Please make sure that your Apple ID is the same as the ID you purchased in the iTunes Store.

Step 2. Then go to “Settings”> “Music”, and then turn on “Show Apple Music”. After that, you can access all of your music on your iPod touch.

sync apple music to ipod touch

In addition, you can directly download Apple Music tracks to iPod Touch for offline listening. Click the “Download” icon to download the content to the iPod Touch.

If your iOS device does not have wifi function, you need to remove DRM from Apple Music and convert Apple Music M4P songs to MP3 or M4A format, then follow the above simple guide to sync the DRM-free Apple Music songs to your iPhone/iPad/iPod. If you want to save Apple Music on iPhone/iPad/iPod forever, TunesBank brings free Apple Music by converting them to non-DRM audio format, so that you can keep Apple Music playable forever on iOS devices.

Extract Tips: Transfer Music from an Old iPod to Computer or iPhone

You have mastered the method of syncing Apple Music tracks to iPod, but do you know how to put music from iPod to computer or iPhone? You can refer to the following steps to transfer music from iPod to computer/iPhone to back up the music files.

Copy Music From Your iPod to a Computer
Step 1.Connect your iPod to computer via USB cable. Then head to “My Computer”, open the iPod drive and go to “iPod_Control” > “Music” folder. As you can see, they are all named with “F” at the beginning.

music on iPod

Note: If your iPod drive is empty, you need to select “Show hidden files and folders” (you can refer to the tutorial in 2.2 above).

Step 2. Then copy all the music files from the music folder, and paste the files to a local folder on the hard drive.

transfer music from ipod to pc

Step 3. This will transfer your music from your iPod to your computer.

Copy Music From Your iPod to iPhone

After transferring music from iPod to computer, you can rename the songs. Next, you need to create a new playlist in iTunes, and then manually add music files from the local folder. Please note that on macOS Catalina and newer, your music library will appear in the Apple Music app. After that, you can sync music files to iPhone on iTunes.

sync music to iphone

Final Words

Well, this post helps you solve you can’t sync Apple Music to your iPods issues. Thanks to TunesBank Apple Music Converter, you can easily convert DRM-locked Apple Music M4P songs to M4A, MP3 or other popular formats with high qualiy so that you could put Apple Music on iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic/Touch, iPhone, iPad and more device for offline enjoying. Now follow the instructions to transfer Apple Music on iPods, so then you can enjoy your favourite Apple Music songs on portable device without Internet connection or Wi-Fi when you are on the go or trips!

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