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4 Ways to Import Apple Music to iPod Touch/iPod Nano/iPod Shuffle/iPod Classic

author By Ava Morrison
Updated on: May 15, 2024
Category: Apple Music Tips

"It’s strange, why can’t I sync Apple Music to iPod Nano?"

"Me either, I got something wrong when downloading Apple Music to iPod Shuffle, it said 'Apple Music songs cannot be copied to an iPod'."

These situations could be happened on iPod users who use iPod Nano, Shuffle or the older iPod Classic. Because Apple has no longer manufacture and support these devices anymore.

As for iPod Touch users, you can sync Apple Music to device directly. But those who use other iPod series can’t do this directly. Then how to use other way to transfer Apple Music on these devices? This article will show you four methods to import Apple Music files to your iPods. Download Apple Music first then sync these files to iPod. Start to learn how!

import apple music to ipod

Part 1: Why iPod Nano/Shuffle not Syncing Apple Music Songs

Apple changed its rule to restrict offline listen Apple Music once the subscription expired. Since iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle and iPod Classic are lack of Wi-Fi capabilities which means they can’t access to the internet, so Apple can’t verify if they have subscribed Apple Music or not. As a consequence, Apple only allows selected devices like iPod Touch to play Apple Music directly.

Playing Apple Music on iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle, as well as iPod Classic could be a huge problem. It could be annoying since you bought the device but not allow use it. Now keep focusing our passage and you will find how to fix it! Come on, keep reading!

Part 2: Realize Real Apple Music Downloading

If you can't sync Apple Music on iPod directly, you need to find other way to transfer them to iPod. This is the best option we recommend you to use -TuneCable's Apple Music Converter!

This TuneCable Apple Music Converter can download any audio which can be played in iTunes, such as Apple Music files, audiobooks, iTunes music or other downloaded music. It supports to convert every Apple Music files to MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC to adapt various devices for offline playing. Then you can import these download Apple Music files to iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle or iPod Classic whenever you want.

Provide with both Windows and Mac version, you can choose the right one according to your OS systems, more features in: Windows Version / Mac Version.

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    TuneCable iMusic Converter

    🔹 Record iTunes music/podcasts/audiobooks and Apple Music.

    🔹 Convert Apple Music to MP3/AAC/WAV/FLAC/AIFF/ALAC.

    🔹 Proceed iTunes audio at 10X speed with lossless quality.

    🔹 Keep ID3 tag information like title, artist, album, etc.

    🔹 Activate permanent playback after the conversion.

    🔹 Enable to transfer Apple Music tracks to any device for use.

Step 1: Launch TuneCable Apple Music Converter

Please install and launch TuneCable Apple Music Converter on computer as your first step. On the primary page, you are offered two download modes - app mode nad web player mode. Both modes can save the original quality of the songs at up to 10x the speed (1x for the app mode on Mac). Select the one you prefer. Then follow the tips to log in to your Apple ID to access the libraries.

working mode

Step 2: Set the Output Format of Converting Apple Music

Click 'Settings' tab from the left bar to make settings of Apple Music. TuneCable provide four output formats (MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC format). You can set up the Output Path, Output Quality, Conversion Mode, and other parameters. Once you make up the settings, just close the window.


Step 3: Select Apple Music to Download and Convert

If you are using the app download mode, click the "+ Add" to load all your iTunes files on a popup, included Apple Music you bought. (iTunes should be installed.) Pick the songs and click on "OK".

iTunes App Home

If you prefer the web player mode, open your target songs on the Apple Music web player, click "Click to add" button. TuneCable will display your iTunes Library and Playlist on a pop up window. You just need to select Apple Music songs which you preferred for downloading. Simply check the checkbox of the songs and click "Add" to confirm your selection.

Add to list

Step 4: Start to Download & Convert Apple Music

Now you can check up your selected music then click 'Convert' to start the process. TuneCable can convert these Apple Music songs at up to 10x speed which can be real quick!

Convert songs

Step 5: View Converted Apple Music History

After conversion, please go to 'Converted' module to check your conversion audio files. TuneCable supports to edit the tag after conversion. Or you can open the output folder directly.

Check downloaded songs

Part 3: Import Apple Music to iPod Touch/Nano/Shuffle/Classic

In Part 2, we show you how to real download Apple Music for offline listening, and in this part, we are going to achieve the music transferring stuff, to migrate Apple Music from computer to iPod in four ways.

Method 1: Import Apple Music to iPod Touch by Using Syncios MobiTran Free

After downloading Apple Music files to computer, you need another useful program to help transfer songs to iPod. What we recommend you is Syncios Mobitrans Free which can perfectly import music as well as other contents from computer to iPod. More importantly, this program is TOTALLY FREE!

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Syncios MobiTrans Free

Syncios MobiTrans Free is a free mobile manager, helps to export and import photos, music, videos and files between PC and your mobile phones. Besides, you are able to view and manage all phone files and folders under file system.

Please download and install Syncios MobiTrans Free on computer first. Launch it and connect your iPod Touch to computer by using USB cable. Choose 'Music' option and click 'Add' to import Apple Music. Find the 'TuneCable iMusic Converter' folder and select the downloaded Apple Music you want to import.

use syncios mobitrans free to import apple music to ipod touch

Method 2: Use iTunes to Sync Apple Music to iPod Touch

For some of the iPods, you can still iTunes to sync music from computer. Now launch iTunes and connect your iPod Touch or iPod Nano to it via USB cable. Then click on the iPod icon and choose 'Music' option. Check the 'Sync Music' option and choose 'Recently Added' in 'Playlists'. Click 'Apply' to sync converted Apple Music to iPod as your final step. And now you can enjoy these downloaded Apple Music songs on iPod.

use itunes to sync apple music to ipod

Method 3: Sync iTunes Library to iPod Touch without iTunes

In this part, we will use Synncios Data Transfer to sync Apple Music from iTunes Library to iPod but without using iTunes! This approach can be used on iPhone, iPad and other Android devices as well.

syncios data transfer
Syncios Data Transfer

Syncios Data Transfer is an easy-to-use yet powerful phone to phone transfer tool, supports to transfer almost all files between iPhone & Android without any data loss. You can even recover data from iTunes or iCloud backups.

Step 1. First of all, please install and launch Syncios Data Transfer on computer, connect your iPod Touch to it through USB cable. Then go to 'Restore' module and choose 'iTunes Library'. Click 'Next' to load your iTunes Library and Playlist from computer.

restore itunes backups to ipod touch

Step 2. Syncios will automatically sync your iTunes audio files and show on screen. All you need to do is selecting your willing Apple Music, then click 'OK' to transfer.

select itunes library and playlist to restore

Method 4: Add Apple Music to iPod Nano/iPod Shuffle/iPod Classic Without Using iTunes

Connect your iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle or iPod Classic to computer via USB cable. Go to 'My Computer'/'This PC' to open your iPod devices as portable devices. Then copy and paste Apple Music from 'TuneCable iMusic Converter' folder to iPod folder. After transmission, start to enjoy music on your iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle and iPod Classic at any time you want now!


By reading this passage, I bet you know how to transfer Apple Music to your iPods now. Sure, using iTunes to sync Apple Music to iPod Touch must be the easiest way. But in some occasions, you need to download Apple Music and put them on other devices, like iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle and iPod Classic which someone still use it.

Above four useful methods can definitely solve the problem you encountered when importing Apple Music to iPods. As long as you realize real Apple Music downloading, importing music to iPod or other devices could be a piece of cake.

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Ava Morrison | Senior Writer

Ava Morrison has authored numerous reviews on music-related content. She specializes in seamlessly integrating streaming music services with various software and devices.

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