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How to Play Apple Music on iPod touch! (4th/5th/6th Generation Included)

By Laura Barnes

Updated on October 23, 2018

It's hard to get excited about an iPod which has no support for syncing Apple Music tracks, like iPod nano, iPod shuffle and iPod touch 4th generation. They are cheaper iPods which aren't built-with Wi-Fi capabilities. However, Apple Music only works on Wi-Fi enabled iOS devices which allow Apple to authenticate an Apple Music subscription easily. This way, no customer is able to keep the tracks onto an Apple device after the subscription is ended.

But if you are a new-released iPod touch owner, then you will be much luckier because Apple Music is available on iPod touch 5 or iPod touch 6. In this guide, I will not only show you how to play Apple Music on all iPod touch including iPod touch 4/5/6, but also tell you how to keep all downloaded Apple Music forever even when the subscription is canceled.

Note: Apple Music is currently available for iPhones and iPads running iOS 8.4 or later, Macs running OS X 10.10.4 or later and the iPod touch 5 & iPod touch 6.


Part 1. Enjoy Apple Music on iPod touch 5th/6th Gen without Syncing

If you have already joined Apple Music subscription, you can access the millions of Apple Music songs directly on your iPod touch 5th/6th gen as long as you have you're signed in to Apple Music with the same Apple ID. Now following the steps below to stream Apple Music on iPod touch now. 

Step 1. Launch the Apple Music app on your iPod touch, and then tap on the "Start 3 Month Free Trial" option to start the registration.

Step 2. Now you can choose the Individual plan or Family plan. Select the plan you like and sign in with your Apple ID.

Step 3. After you confirm to agree to the terms and conditions, you can stream Apple Music tracks with your iPod touch 5 or iPod touch 6.

Important Note: Once you stop subscription, all the music you downloaded from Apple Music are gone forever. If you want to save all Apple Music songs even after cancelling the membership, you need to use a tool like TuneFab Apple Music Converter to remove the DRM protection and then convert the Apple Music songs to DRM-free audio like MP3. After that, you can keep the downloaded songs for as long as you want. Keep reading Part 2 to find out the details now. 

Part 2. Download Apple Music to iPod touch 4th/5th/6th Gen with TuneFab

How to make Apple Music available for iPod touch 4? Here we recommend TuneFab Apple Music Converter for you. It is a powerful audio converter that can remove DRM protection from Apple Music. As we all know that the Apple Music tracks are formatted as M4P which is not supported by the iPod touch 4, so it's impossible for you to directly transfer the M4P files from iTunes to the device. However, with Apple Music Converter, you are able to get rid of the restriction and easily convert M4P to MP3, which is DRM-free and fully compatible with iPod touch 4. By doing so, you will not receive the error message like "Apple Music songs cannot be copied to iPod." when syncing music with iTunes. 

In the following part, we will show you how to remove DRM from Apple Music with TuneFab Apple Music Converter, and then we will guide you step by step on how to transfer DRM-free Apple Music from PC to iPod touch 4/5/6.

Now let's see how to convert Apple Music to MP3 with TuneFab Apple Music Converter.

Step 1. Run TuneFab Apple Music Converter

Start the program after the installation. iTunes will be launched automatically. After that, go to "Library" at the upper-left corner of the main interface.

Step 2. Choose Apple Music Songs

Now you can select the Apple Music files you want to convert. All items you selected must be downloaded and saved on local folder of your computer.

Select Apple Music Songs

Step 3. Select Output Format

You can select MP3, AC3, FLAC, AIFF or other audio formats available as the output format, but MP3 is the perfect format here. You can also change the output destination or output parameters like codec, bitrate, sample rate, etc. as well.

Choose MP3 as Output Format

Step 4. Convert Apple Music to iPod Touch Supported Format

Click on the "Convert" button, the program will start converting Apple Music to MP3. You can now copy and transfer the MP3 files to your iPod touch 4 easily via iTunes.

Convert Apple Music to MP3

If you have successfully converted Apple Music to DRM-free MP3, then you can read through the following steps to transfer your Apple Music to iPod touch with several clicks.

Step 4. Put Apple Music on iPod touch 4/5/6 with TuneFab WeTrans

There are always lots of troubles when syncing music between iOS device and PC via iTunes. I've once accidentally erased all the data on my iPhone when I just want to sync some specific songs from PC to my device. I hate iTunes, for sure. That's why I highly recommend TuneFab WeTrans to you. TuneFab WeTrans is a one-stop program for managing, transferring and backing up all sorts of data on your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch. 

Let's get started with one of its amazing features – syncing music from PC to iPod touch and vice versa. It allows you to add music from local folder, so you can easily transfer the Apple Music songs from PC to iPod touch once the device is connected. No complicate steps and no data will be erased from both PC and iPod touch.

#1. Install and launch TuneFab WeTrans on PC. Then connect your iPod touch to PC with the USB cable. Once the device is detected, you will see the interface as below.

Connect iPod touch to TuneFab WeTrans

#2. To add Apple Music songs from PC to device, please follow the steps here: go to "Music" > "All Music" > "Music" section from the main interface, then click on "+" button. You can add files or add folder. When the songs are selected, click on "OK" then all the songs will be added into the device automatically.

Add Apple Music to iPod touch

Note: See, only with 2 simple steps you can get all the music transferred easily. But if you still want to use iTunes to sync music to iPod touch 4/5/6, you can read this guide:  how to sync content with iTunes.

Part 3. Extra Tips: Transfer Apple Music from iPod to PC

If you want to back up iPod music to PC, TuneFab WeTrans will be a great option too. Simply connect your iPod touch 4/5/6 to PC and wait for the program to detect your device. After that, you can choose the music you want to back from iPod and click on "Export to PC" option to transfer all the music from iPod to your computer.

Transfer iPod Music to PC

By converting the Apple Music songs to popular audio file, you are able to transfer and listen to the Apple Music songs on about any device you like including iPod touch 4, iPod shuffle, iPod nano, MP3 Player, Xbox One, etc. What's more, you can still listen to the music that you downloaded from Apple Music earlier even if you cancel the subscription. Isn't it fantastic? Now download the software and give it a try!

Have A Look at the following Video to check if you know about the operation.

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