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How to Play Apple Music on iPod Nano or Shuffle

You may prefer to transfer music from Apple Music to tiny iPod for streaming, but unfortunately you won’t be able to play Apple Music on the two cheaper iPod options, the iPod Nano ($149) and iPod shuffle ($49). If you try syncing Apple Music to an iPod nano or shuffle, you’ll see a notification that says, “Apple Music songs cannot be copied to an iPod.” Is it a bug? No, it is neither a bug nor a glitch. It is something done on purpose by Apple in order to prevent piracy. Apple ensures no customers can save their songs onto an Apple device after their subscription is cancelled. Apple needs WiFi to authenticate an Apple Music subscription, and the cheaper iPods -- iPod nano and shuffle aren’t built with WiFi capabilities.

It seems there is only one way for iPod users who want to sync and play Apple Music on their devices: buy a new iPod touch. But the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle do have their advantages. They are small, sleek and portable music players that can store thousands of songs. They are perfect for providing entertainment while running, in waiting rooms, or on planes. Is there any way to transfer Apple Music songs to iPod Nano or Shuffle?

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Tool Required: NoteBurner Apple Music Converter

Don’t worry, here comes the rescue, NoteBurner Apple Music to iPod Converter, a smart DRM Apple Music converter that is designed to remove DRM from Apple Music and convert the music tracks from DRM-ed M4P to common MP3, FLAC, AAC or WAV audio formats with original CD quality preserved. By striping DRM from Apple Music songs with this powerful DRM cracker, Apple Music users can freely transfer the unprotected Apple Music songs to any device to enjoy, including iPod or other MP3 player.

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Tutorial: How to Transfer Apple Music to iPod

The following is the detailed tutorial to guide you to remove DRM and sync songs from Apple Music to iPod. Please download NoteBurner Apple Music Converter first before getting started.

Step 1: Download and Launch NoteBurner Apple Music Converter

Download and install NoteBurner Apple Music Converter. After it, please launch the software.

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Step 2: Add Apple Music Songs

Click the button "+" to add music, it will pop up a window, which will show you all of songs you have downloaded from iTunes. You can choose any song you want to convert.

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Step 3: Choose Output Format

After the successful adding, please click the button "Setting" to choose the output format as you need, in the pop-up window, you can set output path, output quality, and output format including WAV, AAC, MP3, and FLAC.


Step 4: Remove DRM from Apple Music Songs

After completing the above steps, the final one is clicking the button "Convert". Just a few second, it will succeed.


Step 5: Transfer Apple Music to iPod

After converting, you can click the History button on the top-right interface to find the converted music. Now all of songs from iTunes or Apple Music are free from DRM, you can use iTunes or Syncios Free iPod Manager to sync these files to your iPod.

Launch Syncios Manager on computer and connect iPod to computer, and click Media button on the left panel of Syncios, then click Add button on the top left corner. You can choose "Add file" or "Add folder" to iPod. After selecting the converted Apple Music from computer, click Open to import the music to iPod.

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