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Solved: Sync Apple Music Playlist to iPod Classic

By Laura Barnes

Updated on October 24, 2018

How many of you have come across the situation like this?

"I'm new to Apple Music and I am very annoying now because I just discovered that I can't syn Apple Music to my iPod classic from iTunes. This is very unfair to me since I have spent a lot of money on my iPod. What's the point of Apple Music if you can't do this? Is there a way to solve this without having to purchase another device for accessing my Apple Music? Otherwise, I will have to stop subscribing to Apple Music and I'll lose all album I want to have."

This is one of the treads that I found in the Apple Communities. If you are having the similar situation like him, then this post might be helpful to you. First, you need to understand that not just iPod classic, but some specific iPod models that don't have Wi-Fi capability are not be able to play and sync Apple Music either. You will find the reason why if you keep reading. If you have already known this part and want to get the solution immediately, you can read Part 2 and Part 3 directly.


Part 1. Why Can't I Sync Apple Music to iPod classic

Apple Music songs cannot be copied to an iPod classic, iPod shuffle, iPod nano and iPod touch 4th gen, because all these iPod models don't have Wi-Fi compatibility. This is a small trick that Apple is using to prevent people from downloading and keeping songs for offline playback without paying the subscription fee. And Apple Music songs are DRM protected, which means it is not possible for you to play music on nonauthorized devices unless the DRM is removed. 

If you want to know how to remove DRM from Apple Music and make them available for your iPod classic, you can try TuneFab Apple Music Converter . It's so far the best tool available to convert protected Apple Music (.m4p) to DRM free MP3/M4A/AAC/FLAC.

Part 2. How to Fix iPod classic Won’t Download Apple Music

Once the DRM protection is removed, you will be able to transfer all the Apple Music songs from iTunes to iPod classic via iTunes. Now let’s see the main features of TuneFab Apple Music Converter and how to use it to download Apple Music to iPod classic.

Main Features of TuneFab Apple Music Converter

#1. Remove DRM from Apple Music easily

#2. Convert Apple Music to plain MP3, AC3, M4A, M4R, etc.

#3. Up to 16X faster conversion speed

#4. Maintain high output quality

Now download the software from the above button and then start download DRM-free Apple Music with TuneFab Apple Music Converter now.

Step 1. Launch TuneFab Apple Music Converter

Launch the software and then you will see the main interface like this. To make sure that you can use the software successfully, you need to check the followings:

a. Install the latest version of iTunes

b. Download the Apple Music songs from cloud

Step 2. Select Apple Music Tracks

The program will load all your iTunes media files. You can choose the playlist or preview the whole music library from the left panel. On the right side of the main interface, you will see the details of each song including name, duration, artist, etc. You can select the songs you like by ticking them one by one.

Note: You can search for a specific song by entering the song name or title in the Search Bar.

Select Apple Music Tracks

Step 3. Choose iPod classic Compatible Format

Now you can go to "Output" > "Output Format" to select MP3 as the output audio format. And if you want to keep the original quality of Apple Music, you’d better choose the bitrate as 256 kbps because it is the original bitrate of Apple Music.

Note: 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.

Choose iPod Classic Compatible Format

Step 4. Convert Apple Music to DRM-free MP3

Click the "Convert" button to start the Apple Music to MP3 Conversion. When it's done, you can click on "Explore Output File" to locate the downloaded songs. After that, you can follow Part 3 to sync Apple Music to iPod classic with iTunes.

Convert Apple Music to iPod

If you still feel confused of how to convert Apple Music songs, view the YouTube Tutorial below.

Part 3. How to Sync DRM-free Apple Music to iPod classic with iTunes

Step 1. Prepare DRM-free Apple Music Songs

After you have successfully converted Apple Music to MP3 with TuneFab, you can go to the output folder to check the converted songs. If everything is fine, then you can save the songs in a new folder and rename it as "DRM-free Apple Music Playlist" or other names as you like.

Prepare DRM-free Apple Music Songs

Note: If you are using iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and want to sync Apple Music to them, you can try using TuneFab WeTrans. It is a great iTunes alternative when it comes to tranfserring DRM-free Apple Muisc, video, audiobook and more between PC and iOS device. It's much more convient than iTunes and it won't erase the important data on your device.

Step 2. Add DRM-free Apple Music to iTunes Library

Now open iTunes on your PC/Mac. Then go to "Music Playlists", click right and select "New Playlist" to create a new playlist for saving your DRM-free Apple Music.

Create Music Playlist on iTunes

Step 3. Connect iPod classic to iTunes

Connect your iPod classic to iTunes with the USB cable. Then you will see the interface as below.

Connect iPod classic to iTunes

Step 4. Sync DRM-free Music to iPod classic

Now go to "Music" under the "Settings" tab. And then check the "Sync Music" option. Please note that one device can only sync with one iTunes library at a time.

If you see the pop-up window that says "Are you sure you want to remove existing music, movies, and TV shows from this iPod and sync with this iTunes library", you need to select "Remove and Sync" to continue. And it's necessary for you to back up your iPod music first before syncing.

Remove and Sync

When you see the Sync Music interface, select "Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres" and go to "Playlist" to locate the playlist that you created for saving the DRM-free Apple Music. In this guide, I will use "Recently Added" playlist as an example. Select the playlist and then click the "Apply" button, soon after all the songs selected will be syncing to iPod.

Sync Selected Apple Music to iPod Classic

Step 5. Transfer DRM-free Apple Music to iPod classic Successfully

When you see "iPod sync is complete" showing up on top of iTunes, it means all the songs have successfully been transferred to iPod classic.

Syncing DRM-free Apple Music to iPod classic

You can now go to "On My Device" > "Music" to check the song.

Finished Syncing Apple Music to iPod classic

Part 4. Tips about Apple Music Supported Devices

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 iPhone

iPad: iPad 2, iPad mini and newer iPad

iPod: iPod touch 5th/6th generation

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