Solutions to Fix Apple Music Playlists Not Syncing

"I have been a royal fan of Apple Music for years. I listen to songs on my iPhone or Apple watch when I am outside on the go and on the computer/Apple TV when I am back home. The iCloud music library makes it easiest to sync all the files. But it doesn't work anymore recently and I don't know why. Help please."

Apple Music is not the largest or earliest platform in streaming media area, but its great user experience and wide popularity of Apple devices make it expand quickly within a few years. If you enjoy Apple Music, you may encounter similar issue that Apple Music playlist not syncing. Now you can read this page to find the best solutions. sync apple music playlist

Part 1. Top Solutions to Apple Music Playlist Not Syncing on iPhone/iPad/MacBook

Apple Music subscription lets you access to iCloud Music Library with over 40 millions of songs. Besides, you can upload your own tracks or remixes up to 10000 songs. Usually all the files from your library are synced automatically. If they don't, you can check if you have turned on iCloud, software versions, connection and so on. Following are the top solutions you should have a try.

Turn On iCloud Music Library on All Devices

If iCloud is off, then the songs won't be synced. So please make sure you turn on it on iTunes and iOS devices such as iPhone.

1. Power on your iPhone and click "Settings".

2. Click "Music" app to open the music panel.

3. Switch the button on beside the "iCloud Music Library".

Update iTunes version or iOS Software

If you sync your local iTunes playlist to your iOS device from computer directly, the files doesn't show up or you encounter some errors, you'd better try the latest version software as they has best compatibility.


For iTunes, please refer to the steps:

1. Launch iTunes on your Windows or Mac computer.

2. Click "iTunes" on Mac or "Help" menu on Windows 10/8/7/XP.

3. Select "Check for Updates...". If a new version is available, just follow the screen wizard to download and install it.


To update software on your iPhone/iPad:

1. Go to the "Settings" panel.

2. Click "General" > "Software Update" and then tap the available version to download and install.

Consolidate Music Files on iTunes

The media files on your iTunes media library may change time from time. So some files maybe not available on the local devices any more but still show up on iTunes. In this case, such kind of files won't be synced. To keep all your iTunes clean and organized, please consolidate iTunes library.

1. Launch iTunes from your computer.

2. Choose "File" > "Library" > "Organize Library".

3. Enable the "Consolidate Files" option and click "OK", it will move all the available files to internal iTunes folder.

Make Sure the Connection Is Good

If you are using some VPN networks, it maybe not recognized well by iCloud. As a result, the music files won't be synced or transferred. Please launch your browser > Open Internet options page > Go to "Connection" tab > "LAN" settings > Unselect any proxy network.

Besides, if you are using some security software Antivirus or Firewall, you'd better turn off them temporarily too to see if you can solve this issue.

Part 2. Tips to Solve Apple Music Can't be Transferred to iPod

By going through the solutions above, you should have no problem to sync all Apple Music files to the devices with iTunes or Apple Music app. The supported devices include iPhone XS/X/8/7/6/5, iPad Pro, iPod Touch, Apple Watch, Apple TV, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and so on.

But what about the old devices such as iPod Shuffle or iPod Nano, iPod classic? None of them support to install Apple Music app or iTunes.

Well, you can still sync the iTunes songs playlists to these kinds of MP3 players. But for Apple Music, you have to remove the DRM protection from the M4P files first as they are combined with the FairPlay DRM protection.

Luckily, it is not hard to do that at all with the fantastic tool DRmare Apple Music Playlist Converter for Windows/Mac. It can batch remove DRM protection from M4P within several clicks quickly. In addition, with the advanced encoding technology, the music quality won't be reduced after converting.

DRmare Batch Apple Music Converter

drmare itunes m4p converter
  • Fresh interface with aesthetic design, more than easy to use for any beginners
  • Convert Apple Music songs for any all portable devices including MP3 speaker l
  • Keep ID3 tags, metadata, album cover, artist name, title, archive output songs
  • 24/7 technical support, 60 days refund policy and lifetime free update
Step 1Import M4P songs or playlists
import apple music
DRmare works well to convert all kinds of audio files from iTunes. Just download the Apple Music to your iTunes completely and then click the "Add Files" button to import them to the DRmare main screen.
Step 2Define output tunes for iPod
set output format for ipod
Besides removing DRM, you'd better change the output format too so that the new output files can be played perfectly on iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano. Here I will choose MP3 format with the default parameters.
Step 3Start converting
convert apple music songs
At last, you can click ”Convert" button which is at the bottom right to start converting. Just within a few minutes, you will get all the DRM free songs you want. When it is done, you can try again to upload the music to iCloud or sync them from computer to iPhone etc.

Dec. 04, 2018 06:54 pm

Posted by Jack Simons to Apple Music Tips

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