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How to Enjoy Apple Music on iPod Touch including 4th and older generations

Linda Shaw | May 16, 2018 | License plans: 1 month $14.95, 3 months $29.95 & more | Buy Windows Version | Buy macOS Version


iPod Touch is regarded as simplified iPhone as it can do almost anything that iPhone can do, except for calling and using cellular data when there is no WIFI connection outside. However, Apple doesn't upgrade iPod Touch as frequently as iPhone. As of May 2018, the latest generation of iPhone is iPhone X while iPod Touch is 6th. For Apple Music, only iPod Touch 5th and 6th are supported. If you have an iPod Touch 4 or an older generation model and want to enjoy Apple Music on it, you need to convert Apple Music to MP3 or M4A with Apple Music Converter first.

For iPod Touch, Apple Music is only available on iPod Touch 5th & 6th generation

Apple has released 10th generation of iPhone, which calls iPhone X, however, the latest generation of iPod Touch still remains at 6th generation which was released on July 15, 2015. That is to say, iPod Touch hasn't been upgraded for near 3 years. Some iPod lovers are worrying whether Apple will discontinue iPod Touch in a near future as Apple has discontinued iPod Classic on September 9, 2014 and discontinued iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle on Jul 27, 2017.

In the product line of iPod, only iPod Touch comes with iOS system and can be used to install apps from App Store, and it's also the only type of iPod which can be used to listen to Apple Music. However, as to iOS devices, Apple Music requires iOS 8.4 or later versions, and only iPod Touch 5 and iPod Touch 6 can meet the requirements. The latest iOS version for iPod Touch 4 is iOS 6.1.6 which means you can't enjoy Apple Music on iPod Touch 4 or older generations.

Enjoy Apple Music on iPod Touch

If you tried to sync Apple Music songs in iTunes to an iPod Touch 4, you will get the same error message that "Apple Music songs cannot be copied to an iPod".

Some users who have subscribed Apple Music asked for help on Apple Community, but the only answer is that "Apple Music is not available on iPod Touch 4". However, that doesn't mean there is no way to enjoy Apple Music songs on iPod Touch 4. If you have got Apple Music Converter, the problems will be smoothly solved.

Best Software Solution for Enjoying Apple Music on iPod Touch 4 and Older Generations

TuneMobie Apple Music Converter

TuneMobie Apple Music Converter is a dedicated Apple Music decryption program which can decrypted Apple Music songs and convert them to unprotected audio formats like MP3, M4A, AC3, AU, AIFF, FLAC and MKA. For all generations of iPod Touch, MP3 and M4A are supported audio formats.

TuneMobie Apple Music Converter will preserve all ID3 tags including song title, album, artist, genre, track number, artwork, etc. in the output MP3 and M4A. And depending on your need, you can preserve 100% original audio quality or make file size smaller by setting a lower quality.

What is more, Apple Music Converter allows you to sort and rename output files in bulk by supported ID3 tags and characters. Besides, Apple Music Converter performs at 16X faster conversion speed which can convert Apple Music songs in an incredibly fast speed and save you a lot of time.

Apple Music Converter is available for both Windows and Mac platform, and it's fully compatible with latest Windows 10 and macOS Catalina. When using Windows version and Mac version on macOS 10.13 or higher, you can even convert Apple Music songs directly online without downloading to iTunes library, just simply add the songs to iTunes library first.

Easy Steps to Convert Apple Music to MP3/M4A for All Generations of iPod Touch

Apple Music Converter is extremely easy-to-use, follow the steps below to convert Apple Music to MP3 or M4A for your iPod Touch.

Step 1: Launch TuneMobie Apple Music Converter

Launch TuneMobie Apple Music Converter and iTunes or Music app (on macOS 10.15 Catalina or later) will be opened automatically as well. The converter will load iTunes media library and list them as playlists in the left panel of software interface.

TuneMobie Apple Music Converter interface

Step 2: Choose Apple Music Tracks

Apple Music songs will be either in Music playlist or in separated Apple Music playlists. You can find the separated Apple Music playlists in the bottom of the left panel. Click a playlist and select the checkbox to choose songs. If you want entire playlist to be on your iPod Touch, you can select the top checkbox to select all the songs in the playlist. A built-in search box is also available for you to locate any song quickly

Step 3: Convert to MP3 or M4A for iPod Touch

There are 7 output formats available in the program, and MP3 or M4A will be a good choice for any iPod Touch. MP3 is default output format and you can choose 320kbps in the profile list for lossless conversion. If you like M4A better, choose M4A in the output format list and choose 256kbps in profile list for lossless conversion.

Choose M4A as output

If necessary, set output folder for your songs, and click Options button to adjust conversion speed and set custom file names by ID tags and characters.

Step 4: Start converting Apple Music to MP3 or M4A

Now, simply click "Convert" button to start converting Apple Music tracks to MP3 or M4A. After conversion, you can click "Open output file" to locate converted Apple Music tracks.

Converting Apple Music to M4A

Step 5: Transfer converted Apple Music tracks to iPod Touch with iTunes

Now you can exit TuneMobie Apple Music Converter and iTunes. Then restart iTunes and add the converted Apple Music tracks to iTunes library. As output MP3/M4A files preserve ID tags, they may look the same as original Apple Music tracks. We recommend you delete the Apple Music tracks or playlists which have been converted. And you can add them back to your iTunes library later.

Connect your iPod Touch with USB cable, create a playlist to include all the converted Apple Music tracks, then sync to the device.

If you don't want to use iTunes or delete original Apple Music songs, you can try some iPod transfer software programs which can help you transfer MP3/M4A songs from computer to iPod Touch directly without running iTunes.

After transferring converted Apple Music songs to iPod Touch, you can enjoy them on the go without any limitation.

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