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How to Sync Apple Music Playlist to iPod Classic

By Laura Barnes

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.


Easy Guide to Convert Apple Music to MP3

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.

Install TuneFab Apple Music Converter

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.

Select Apple Music Tracks

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.

Choose iPod Classic Compatible Format

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.

Convert Apple Music to iPod

Step 5. Sync Apple Music to iPod with iTunes

1. Copy the converted Apple Music songs on your iTunes library on your computer.

Sync Apple Music to iPod with iTunes

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.

Sync Apple Music to iPod Classic

What Devices Support Apple Music

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.

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