April 06, 2017
"Anyone know if playlists created in Apple Music will sync for offline use on an iPod Classic or Nano?"
No. Not only iPod Classic is not compatible with Apple Music, but also iPod shuffle and iPod nano won't. The news is heart tearing for all iPod lovers out there. But here is still an alternative way to sync offline Apple Music playlist to iPod Classic, iPod nano, iPod shuffle and even iPod touch. What you can do is to convert Apple Music to MP3 so then you can sync Apple Music to iPod just like syncing your other MP3 files.
TuneFab Apple Music Converter is such a software designed to convert Apple Music to plain MP3, AC3, M4A, M4R, etc. which can be easily synced to iPod classic.
Step 1. Download and Install TuneFab Apple Music Converter
First of all, please click the "Download" icon to download and then install Apple Music Converter on your computer. When you launch the program, iTunes will be opened automatically at the same time.
Note: This program has 30-day free trial period with the limitation that you can convert only 3 minutes of each song.
Step 2. Select Apple Music Tracks
The program will load all your iTunes media files. Then you can tick the playlists in left side and choose all the Apple Music Tracks you want to convert. You are allowed to choose the whole playlist to convert.
Step 3. Choose iPod Classic Compatible Format
iPod Classic supported audio formats: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV.
Note: So, here please choose MP3 or AIFF as output format and change the bitrate to 256kbps which is the Apple Music bitrate to keep the original quality.
Step 4. Convert Apple Music to iPod
Click the "Convert" button to start Apple Music to MP3 Conversion. Then, you can sync the converted Apple Music to iPod Classic easily.
Step 5. Sync Apple Music to iPod with iTunes
1. Copy the converted Apple Music songs on your iTunes library on your computer.
2. Connect your iPod to iTunes. Then, click "Music" > "Sync Music" > "selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres".
3. In "Playlists" sections, choose "Recently added" which includes the Apple Music songs that you put on iTunes library.
4. Click "Apply" and iTunes will sync the converted Apple Music to your iPod.
Apple Music is available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 8.4 or later; it's also available on Apple Watch 1.0.1 or later; on Macs and PCs running iTunes; on Android; and on the Apple TV. Here is the list of iOS devices that support Apple Music:
iPhone: iPhone 4s and newer
iPad: iPad 2 and newer, iPad mini and newer
iPod: iPod touch 5th generation iPod touch
Sorry, iPod Shuffle, iPod nano and iPod classic devices owners, your device is out of luck.