Apple Music Files Cannot Be Copied to iPods

A member of Kirk’s iTunes Forum posted a message, with the screenshot below, showing that Apple Music files cannot be copied to an iPod nano.

IPod

I guess it makes sense, that these files only play on iOS devices, but I hadn’t actually considered this before. Since the DRM on the files links to a time-limited account, you can’t copy them to a device that can’t check if your subscription is still active.

Note that non-iOS iPods can be authorized to use DRM-laden iTunes Store store music, and Audible audiobooks; this authorization takes place during the sync process with iTunes. But adding some sort of time limit on files would require changes to the software of the iPod classic or nano (plus users could change the time). It’s more problematic with the iPod shuffle, but it would be possible to require that users connect their iPods to a computer, and sync them with iTunes, once a month to ensure that protected tracks can still be played.

Again, it makes sense, but it’s something to be aware of.

12 thoughts on “Apple Music Files Cannot Be Copied to iPods

  1. I’m pretty sure that Spotify offers me the opportunity to put tracks onto my iPod (I suppose at the expense of using it with iTunes). I’m a Premium subscriber. I’ve never chosen to do this, though.

  2. I’m pretty sure that Spotify offers me the opportunity to put tracks onto my iPod (I suppose at the expense of using it with iTunes). I’m a Premium subscriber. I’ve never chosen to do this, though.

  3. Actually, I might just give it a go, since iTunes has so completely messed up album artwork on my iPod, it wouldn’t hurt to reload it anyway after the Spotify experiment!

  4. Actually, I might just give it a go, since iTunes has so completely messed up album artwork on my iPod, it wouldn’t hurt to reload it anyway after the Spotify experiment!

  5. There was a small text from day 1 on Apple Music’s web page that indicated iPod nano and shuffle are not supported. Hopefully, the rumoured new iPods (with different colors) will support Apple Music.

  6. There was a small text from day 1 on Apple Music’s web page that indicated iPod nano and shuffle are not supported. Hopefully, the rumoured new iPods (with different colors) will support Apple Music.

  7. I got a similar message, except the file was a file that had been on my hard drive at least a year, when I attempted to copy it to my iPod Classic. I have made no attempt to keep songs from Apple Music.

  8. I got a similar message, except the file was a file that had been on my hard drive at least a year, when I attempted to copy it to my iPod Classic. I have made no attempt to keep songs from Apple Music.

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