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Can't Sync Apple Music to iPod shuffle? Solved!

By Patrick Dyer

Updated on October 23, 2018

"I just bought my first iPod shuffle, thinking it would be great for doing exercise. But to my surprise, none of the music downloaded from Apple Music can be synced to the iPod shuffle. Why?"

"I started Apple Music trial this week, and I added some songs to the music library. When I connect the iPod nano to sync Apple Music, it says that songs can't be copied to the iPod. Anybody can help?"

When you try to sync Apple Music to you iPod shuffle/nano/classic, you will see this warning message stating that: "Apple Music songs cannot be copied to an iPod." And you are not alone because there are many people asked how to sync Apple Music to iPod shuffle. In this guide, we are going to help you solve this issue with a professional solution which can help you fix the issue once and for all.

iPod Shuffle on Apple Music

The Reason Why You Can't Sync Apple Music to iPod shuffle

In fact, it has been confirmed that the iPod nano, iPod shuffle and iPod classic won’t be able to get Apple Music to prevent piracy. Because Apple needs the Wi-Fi connection to authenticate an Apple Music subscription on an iOS device. iPod models like iPod shuffle/nano/classic don’t have Internet access or WIFI connection, so you will not be able to listen or download Apple Music songs on them.

Solution for Syncing Apple Music to iPod shuffle

What if you really want to listen to Apple Music on iPod shuffle? How to solve this problem? It's obvious that the only solution for enjoying Apple Music on iPod shuffle is to convert Apple Music to iPod shuffle supported formats like MP3 or M4A. Due to the DRM, you might need a DRM removal tool called TuneFab Apple Music Converter rather than a common audio converter. After removing DRM from Apple Music and converting them to common audio format like MP3, you can can transfer the music to iPod shuffle easily with iTunes.


• Remove DRM from purchased iTunes music, Apple Music, Audible audiobooks, etc.

• Convert Apple Music Apple Music to plain MP3, M4A, FLAC, etc. with lossless quality.

• Preserve all ID tags and metadata in output Apple Music files.

• Up to 16X conversion speed.

Step 1. Launch Apple Music Converter

To get started, make sure iTunes has been installed on your computer. Run this Apple Music Converter and iTunes will be automatically opened along with this program.

Step 2. Select the Apple Music Songs

Since all your iTunes library will be loaded into this program, you can preview your Apple Music songs on the "Playlist" section. Then, tick the Apple Music songs you want to convert or use the search function to locate the certain Apple Music.

Select the Apple Music Songs

Step 3. Specify Output Format for iPod shuffle

On the "Output Settings" section, you need to specify an output format from the drop-down list and then choose a destination folder to save your converted Apple Music files.

Specify Output Format for iPod Shuffle

Step 4. Convert Apple Music to iPod shuffle

Simple click on "Convert" button, then this program will start the conversion at once. When the conversion finished, you can copy the Apple Music tracks to your iPod Shuffle for listening.

Convert Apple Music to iPod Shuffle

How to Sync Apple Music to iPod in 2 Ways

Method 1. Sync Apple Music to iPod shuffle/nano/classic with iTunes

After converting Apple Music to MP3, you can use iTunes to transfer music from PC to iPod. Here I will show you 2 methods to sync music to iPod.

Step 1. Import Converted Apple Music to iTunes

Launch iTunes, and then create a new music playlist in iTunes. Next step is to add the converted songs from computer to iTunes playlist. You can simply drag and drop the all the songs from PC into the new playlist in iTunes.

Add New Playlist in iTunes

Step 2. Connect iPod shuffle to iTunes

Connect your iPod shuffle to iTunes and then go to the iPod shuffle window in iTunes. Simply click on the "Device" icon in iTunes then you can get to the manage interface.

Go to "Settings" > "Music" and check "Sync Music". Because one device can only sync with one iTunes library at a time, if you see a pop-up windows asking you to confirm your action, please select “Remove and Sync” to continue.

Connect iPod Shuffle to iTunes

Step 3. Sync Music from iTunes Playlist to iPod shuffle

Now under "Sync Music" tab, select "Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres". After that, go to "Playlist" and select the new created playlist in iTunes. When all is set, click at "Apply" to start syncing DRM-free MP3 to iPod shuffle. The process will be don within minutes.

Sync Apple Music to iPod with iTunes

Method 2. Transfer DRM-free Apple Music to iPod Touch with WeTrans

If you are using iPod touch and want to transfer the DRM-free Apple Music songs from PC to iPod, then TuneFab WeTrans is the best tool for your need. TuneFab WeTrans is a data transfer that can sync music, videos, photos, audiobooks and more between iOS devices and PC with one simple click. We all understand that it's a bit complicated to use iTunes for syncing music. And your data on iPhone will be erased and lost forever if you have done one step wrong. So it's pretty safe to use TuneFab WeTrans instead. Now let's see how to use TuneFab WeTrans to easily transfer music from PC to iPod touch.

TuneFab WeTrans is like an alternative to iTunes. It can help you manage all kinds of media files storing on your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, such as music, videos, photos, SMS, contacts and more. You can preview all the above data with the program and you can add, delete or transfer files on your PC directly with TuneFab WeTrans. It supports iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/6/6s and more. It only takes 4 simple steps to transfer music from/to iPod touch:

Prepare the followings before getting started:

1. TuneFab WeTrans

2. Computer

3. USB cable

4. iPod touch

Step 1. Download and install TuneFab WeTrans on your PC, then run it.

Step 2. Connect your iPod touch to PC with the USB cable. The program will start connecting the device automatically. A few seconds later, you will see an interface showing the basic information of your device.

Step 3. Go to "Music" section and click on "+" button on the top of the menu bar to add local songs from PC to iPod touch. Please make sure that you have removed DRM from Apple Music songs before adding them.

Step 4. When choose all the music you want to transfer to iPod, simple click on "OK" to start adding them to your device.

Sync Apple Music to iPod with TuneFab WeTrans

Read More Details: How to Transfer Music from Computer to iPod

So, it is a really perfect solution to help you enjoy Apple Music on iPod shuffle. Once the DRM protection is removed, you can also enjoy Apple Music on iPod classic and iPod nano. Don't need too much effort, you can listen to Apple Music whenever you want. Now just download the trial version of Apple Music Converter for free and give it a shot!

Related Readings:

How to Sync Apple Music Playlist to iPod Classic

Apple Music iPod: Transfer Apple Music to iPod Nano

YouTube Tutorial: Sync iTunes Playlist to iPod shuffle or iPod classic on iTunes

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