Spotify tracks are DRM locked and cannot be transferred to iPod Nano or other devices. This article teaches you how to convert Spotify music to M4A and MP3 formats to be compatible with iPod so that you can play Spotify music on iPod Nano anytime, anywhere.

“I have an iPod Nano 7g, but I can’t transfer Spotify music to iPod Nano. When I connect the iPod Nano to my laptop and try to sync the downloaded Spotify songs to it, it shows an error. Can someone help me solve this? Thanks.”

You may prefer to transfer music from Spotify to your iPods for streaming, but unfortunately even Spotify premium subscribers are not allowed to move Spotify songs to iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle for listening. Why this happened? How to play Spotify music on iPod Nano? Check out this post, and you will get the reason and solution.

play spotify music on ipod nano

Why Can’t You Transfer Spotify Music to iPod Nano?

The fact is that it is something done on purpose by Spotify in order to protect copyright of songs. Spotify is a subscription-based streaming music service, and all Spotify tracks are encoded with DRM protection. Spotify ensures no users can save their songs onto their own device after canceling subscription. Further more, Spotify requires Wi-Fi to verify the validity of Spotify Premium subscriptions and so Spotify Music can’t work yet.

So is there no way to play Spotify songs on iPod nano? Of course not! Actually, iPod Nano supports M4A and MP3 files, as long as you can save Spotify songs as M4A or MP3 files, then you can copy them to your iPod nano for listening, or even play Spotify music on Sony Walkman!

Best Spotify Music to iPod Converter: TunesBank

TunesBank Spotify Music Converter is such a great tool which can not only help you strip DRM from Spotify music, but also lets you convert Spotify music and playlist to MP3, M4A, WAV and FLAC format to make them playable on any iPod nano, iPod shuffle, iPod classic, iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, Android, MP3 player, PSP, Xbox, etc. What’s more, it will retain lossless original audio quality and all ID3 tags like title, artist, album, artwork, track number, genre in the output M4A/MP3 files.

Features of TunesBank Spotify Music Converter:

  • Remove ads and DRM protection from Spotify music.
  • Free downlod songs, albums and playlist from Spotify.
  • Convert Spotify music to MP3, M4A, FLAC, WAV files.
  • 5X faster speed speed and offers lossless output quality.
  • Keep ID3 Tags information after converting to M4A/MP3.
  • Upload Spotify music to iTunes, Google Drive, One Drive.
  • Listen to Spotify music on iPod nano/shuffle/classic/touch.

Guide: How to play Spotify music on iPod nano?

Step 1. Run TunesBank Spotify Music Converter
First of all, get TunesBank Spotify Music Converter downloaded on your Mac or PC. Then click “Open the Spotify web player” button, and click “LOG IN” to log in your Spotify Premium or Free account.

launch Spotify Music Converter

Step 2. Add Spotify Music to TunesBank
TunesBank offers a simple and clean interface. It’s quite easy to add music from Spotify to TunesBank. You can directly drag and drop the songs, albums or playlists from Spotify app to TunesBank’s window. Then it will load all the songs automatically.

Add Spotify Songs

Step 3. Select M4A Format for iPod Nano
To play Spotify music on your iPod nano, M4A format is recommended. Please select M4A in the “Convert all files to:” option.

select mp3 format

To customize the output settings like Channels, Bitrate(up to 320 kbps), SampleRate, you can choose the “Preferences” in the menu bar.

adjust output settings

Step 4. Start Converting Spotify Music to M4A
When finish the customization, simply click on the “Convert All” button to start converting Spotify songs to M4A with lossless quality.

convert spotify songs to mp3

After the conversion, you can get the converted Spotify music files in the “Finished” section.

get mp3 music files

Step 5. Transfer Converted Spotify Music to iPod Nano for Playback
Now it’s time to transfer the converted Spotify music to your iPod Nano. This method is also suitable for syncing Spotify songs to iPhone, iPad, iPod classic, iPod shuffle, iPod touch.

1)Launch iTunes app on your PC, click on “File” > “Add File to Library” to import the Spotify M4A files.
2)Connect the iPod Nano to the PC via a USB cable, then click the iPod Nano icon in the upper left corner of the iTunes window.
3)Finally, click “Music” in the left side, select “Recently Added”, and click on “Apply” to sync the songs to the iPod Nano.

sync spotify music to ipod

It’s much easier to move Spotify songs to iPods with using TunesBank Spotify Music Converter. Now you can enjoy Spotify music on iPod nano anytime, anywhere. In addition, you can also burn Spotify music to a CD on iTunes, or save Spotify music to UDB drive for playing in the car, etc. Why not have a try?

Play Spotify Music on iPod Nano


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