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How to Play Spotify Songs on iPod Nano/Shuffle

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Spotify is the most popular streaming music service, while iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle in the iPod series are popular portable music players. How to play Spotify on iPod Nano or iPod Shuffle has become a concern of many people. Unlike the iPod Touch, the iPod Nano/Shuffle does not come with an iOS system, and there is no Spotify app specifically designed for them. So to play Spotify music on iPod Nano/Shuffle, you need a third-party conversion program. With TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter, you can easily convert Spotify music to MP3, M4A or WAV format that can be played on iPod Nano/Shuffle.

Sync Songs to iPod Nano/Shuffle with Spotify? Totally Outdated!

In the early days after Spotify launched, Spotify wasn't a streaming music service like it is today. Although it is music player software, it can be used to sync songs to iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle. The method is also very simple. Just connect the iPod Nano or iPod Shuffle to the computer via a USB cable, then launch Spotify, and after synchronizing the MP3 songs to the iPod, you can play the songs on iPod Nano/Shuffle.

When searching "Spotify on iPod Nano" or similar phrases, you may find the guide "How to Sync Spotify Music to Your iPod" from dummies.com in the search result, however, it is totally outdated. It is misleading users and make users confused when they couldn't figure out how to sync Spotify songs to iPod Nano or iPod Shuffle. In fact, the way was no longer effective.

Sync music to iPod with Spotify

Spotify became a streaming music service a long time ago, and the ability to transfer songs from Spotify to iPods has long been removed. The current situation is that Apple has long since discontinued the iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle, and when it comes to streaming music services, Spotify is increasingly competing with Apple Music and other similar services.

Spotify user "rafaellourenzo" tried the way mentioned in the guide in vain and then asked on Spotify Community: "Can i sync my iPod Nano with Spotify?", and the marked solution to his question is as below: "Hey there, unfortunately it is not possible to sync any songs from Spotify to the iPod Nano. The feature you are referring to is an old feature of the desktop app that allowed you to sync MP3s to the iPod, however this never allowed you to sync Spotify songs to the iPod. This feature was removed a while ago from the desktop app."

There is No Spotify App Designed for iPod Nano & iPod Shuffle

In the entire iPod product line, only the iPod Touch is the entry-level iOS device. On the 5th, 6th, and 7th generations of iPod Touch, you can listen to songs by installing the Spotify app, but iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle are just portable music players, not iOS devices, and you cannot access the App Store to install apps. Although there is a Music application on the iPod Nano, it is only used to play and manage songs, albums or lists stored in the device.

Looking back at the history of the iPod, we know that on October 23, 2001, the first generation iPod came out shockingly. This is a pocket-sized product that can store the user's entire music library, redefining the way people discover, listen to and share music. In the era when smart phones were not yet popular, the iPod was not only a classic, but also had epoch-making significance at that time. Although the iPod was popular in the past, it is impossible for Spotify to develop a custom version of the app specifically for the iPod Nano or iPod Shuffle. Because there is no Spotify App specially designed for iPod nano/Shuffle, the idea of playing songs on iPod nano/Shuffle through Spotify App is not feasible.

Sync Spotify Songs to iPod

Spotify Ogg Vorbis is NOT Compatible with iPod Nano/Shuffle

Before knowing whether Spotify music can be played on iPod Nano/Shuffle, let's first understand the music format of Spotify. As we all know, Spotify has two tiers which are Spotify Free and Spotify Premium, and Spotify music is encoded with Ogg Vorbis. With Spotify Free, you cannot download music for offline playback, this is one of the limitations of Spotify free plan. With Spotify Premium, you can download music for offline playback, but playback is limited to the Spotify app itself. The storage location of offline files downloaded by Spotify Premium is a directory with a relatively deep file path, and the downloaded files are also cache files.

Although ordinary Ogg files are not music formats supported by iPod Nano/Shuffle, they can be easily converted into MP3, M4A or WAV formats that iPod Nano/Shuffle can play through various free or paid audio conversion software. However, streaming music services like Spotify usually add protection to music files. In this way, even if the Ogg file is copied, no audio conversion software can recognize it. It's not even possible to add to software, let alone convert. Therefore, a simple conclusion is that the iPod Nano/Shuffle cannot play Spotify's Ogg music.

Convert Spotify Ogg to MP3

All kinds of impossibilities are mentioned above, so does it mean that there is no way to play Spotify songs on iPod Nano/Shuffle? The answer is NO. A very simple solution is to use professional Spotify music conversion software to remove the encryption of Spotify songs and convert them to iPod compatible MP3, M4A or WAV formats. And TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter is one of the best software solutions designed for such a goal.

Spotify Music Converter: Great Solution to Convert Spotify Songs for iPod Nano/Shuffle

TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter is a great software solution for Spotify users to play songs on iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle. It can convert Spotify songs, albums and playlists at 20X faster conversion speed and save precious time for you. It provides MP3, M4A, WAV and AIFF output formats which are compatible with iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle. Besides, it comes with an easy-to-use interface that even novices can know how to use it in a few minutes. There are also some flexible options which can help to rename and sort output files easily.

TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter

  • Convert Spotify songs, albums and playlists to MP3, M4A, WAV, etc. for iPod Nano & iPod Shuffle
  • Support both Spotify Free and Spotify Premium, skip Spotify Free ad automatically
  • Convert Spotify songs with a built-in Spotify web player without using Spoitfy app
  • Preserve ID3 tags like title, album, artist, track number and artwork
  • Sort output files into folders by artist, album, album/artist or artist/album
  • Rename output files in bulk by artist, title, album, track number, hyphen, space, etc.
  • Enjoy incredible 20X faster conversion speed on both Windows and macOS
  • Fully compatible with latest Windows and macOS (Intel & Apple silicon)

If you have an iPod Nano or iPod Shuffle, and you are using Spotify Free or Spotify Premium, don't put your iPod idle in the drawer. You can play your favorite Spotify songs on iPod Nano/Shuffle like the way before with the help of TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter. Download the free trial version to have a test now. The trial version can convert 3 minutes for each song and convert 3 files at a time which is enough for your testing.

Steps to Convert Spotify Music to MP3/M4A/WAV and Play on iPod Nano/Shuffle

TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter is extremely easy-to-use and you can convert Spotify songs, albums and playlists to iPod Nano/Shuffle supported MP3/M4A/WAV formats in only a few clicks. Below are the steps for your reference.

Step 1: Launch TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter and Log in

Launch TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter and you will see a built-in Spotify web player. Click "Log in" button at the upper right corner to log in your Spotify account with email address and password. If necessary, you can check "Remember me" option so that you don't need to log in the converter again next time.

Launch TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter

Step 2: Choose Output Format

TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter provides AUTO option (256kbps M4A) as default output format. It's an ideal output format for iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle. So you don't need to change output format. However, if you prefer MP3, WAV or AIFF, you can also click Settings icon at the upper right to open Settings dialog and change to the format you need. You can change the audio quality of MP3 or M4A by choosing a bitrate from list. However, it should be noted that the output file size of WAV and AIFF is relatively large, while the capacity of iPod Nano/Shuffle is relatively small. If you choose WAV or AIFF, the number of songs that can be stored is relatively small, while 320kbps MP3 or 256kbps M4A The sound quality is good enough.

Spotify Music Converter output settings

In Settings dialog, you can also choose how to rename the output files in batch, how to sort them into folders and what to do after conversion. If you need to locate the output files after conversion, you can choose "Open the output folder" from "after conversion" list.

Step 3: Choose Spotify Album or Playlist

Now go back to built-in Spotify web player and browse your favorite albums and playlist. Open the detailed page of an album or a playlist you want to convert.

Browse built-in web player

Step 4: Add to Conversion List

In the detailed page of an album or a playlist, you will see a button in the middle right. Move your mouse to the button and it will be changed to "Add to List". Click this button to add the album or the playlist to conversion playlist.

Add Spotify album/playlist to conversion list

Step 5: Select Songs

The converter will show you all the songs in a list with checked status. If necessary, you can uncheck any songs you don't want to convert.

Select songs

Step 6: Start Spotify Music Conversion

Now simply click the Convert button and selected Spotify songs will be converted to selected audio format.

Converting Spotify songs

Step 7: Transfer Output Songs to iPod Nano/Shuffle

Before you can play the converted Spotify songs on iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle, you need to add the output files to iTunes music library and sync them to your iPod. On Windows, launch iTunes and click the menu "File" > "Add File to Library" to add the output files. On macOS, launch Music app and click the menu "File" > "Import" to import the output files.

Add songs to iTunes library

After that, we recommend you create a playlist and add the songs to this playlist first. Then connect your iPod Nano/Shuffle to your computer with USB cable and use iTunes on Windows or use Finder on macOS to sync the playlist to iPod Nano/Shuffle. After syncing, you can enjoy the converted Spotify songs offline with your iPod Nano/Shuffle on the go!

Bottom line

With Spotify Music Converter, you can not only enjoy Spotify songs on iPod Nano, but also enjoy on other iPod models like iPod Shuffle, iPod Classic and iPod Touch as well as other MP3 players.