Proven Way to Sync Spotify to iPod | Nano, Touch, Shuffle and Classic

Even today Apple iPods remain the most preferred stand alone music devices and they come in various models such as iPod Touch, iPod Nano, iPod Classic and iPod Shuffle. Depending on the models music can be streamed or accessed offline. Spotify is only second to Apple music as a streaming service on iPods. Users have reported that syncing their Spotify music tracks to various iPod models like iPod Nano and iPod Touch is a growing concern. 

Factually Spotify Free users can only stream music with internet connection and they cannot listen to tracks offline. Whereas Premium users can download Spotify songs and listen to it offline, either on iOS or Android devices using Spotify App.

How to Sync Spotify with your iPod?

Note: The below mentioned steps are compatible with various models of iPod such as iPod Nano, iPod Classic and iPod Touch and are applicable only for premium users.

You can follow the steps mentioned below to sync Spotify songs to your iPod:

Step 1: Download Spotify application on your system and Launch it.

Spotify application along with App Store and Google Play Store is also compatible with latest version of Windows and MacOS  

Note: Close iTunes on your computer before opening Spotify application as both applications conflict. 

Step 2: Connect your iPod to your PC with the help of a lighting cable.

Note: First time if you connect Spotify to your iPod, a dialogue box will appear asking you to erase your iPod and sync it with Spotify.

Step 3: Select Erase iPod and sync with Spotify option appearing on the Spotify window.

Note: Once Spotify erases your iPod two options will pop up:

  • Sync all music to this iPod :

This option allows you to sync all the music existing to your iPod.

  • Manually choose playlist to sync:

Using this option you can manually choose amongst the list of playlist present on the Spotify application.

Step 4: Select the appropriate option and click on the OK button. Your iPod will now begin it’s synchronization process.

Step 5: Once the synchronization is complete you can safely eject your iPod from the system. 

If you don't want to install or use Spotify Premium, you can directly use iTunes to purchase the required music or use Apple music subscription to download music in the app and play them offline.  Local songs can be moved to iPod directly if they already exist on your computer using iTunes program.

Can you download Spotify on an iPod Nano?

Unfortunately you cannot install the Spotify mobile application on iPod Nano. Only iPod Touch has that option where one can effortlessly install the mobile application from the store and listen to local tracks. However it is to be noted that the Spotify application is not compatible with the first generation of iPod Touch. 

In case, if you find any issues related to iPod syncing, freezing, etc. then fix sync issues with iPod to play your favorite Spotify songs without any limitation. 

Quick note: Make use of a reliable iPod recovery software if you are looking to recover music files from a dead iPod in a few clicks.

Note: iPod Nano cannot recognize or play songs that are downloaded from the Spotify application since they are in .ogg file format and DRM protected. iPod Nano supports only MP3, M4A or WAV formats. If you want to play Spotify songs on iPod Nano, you’ll have to download songs from Spotify in any of the formats mentioned above. This is where a Spotify Music Converter comes into the picture, which has the ability to download Spotify songs and playlists in MP3, M4A or WAV format. However, the application will allow you to download songs only if you are a premium member.

Spotify Music Converters can also work as audio converters. You can also recover audio files which belonged to your old collection if you have lost them recently rather than settle with a converter. Spotify Music Converters are third party tools and it is recommended for the user to verify authenticity before trying any of the applications.

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