The iPod was designed by Apple and is considered one of the best portable media players. It allows you to store and play music, videos, podcasts, and other forms of digital media. Since its introduction in 2001, iPod has become known for its artistic design, portability and versatility. To date, several different generations of models have been developed, including the iPod Touch, Nano, Shuffle, and Classic.
The audio experience of iPod is better than that of iPhone, so many users regard it as a dedicated music player. You can also connect your iPod to other devices using Bluetooth or USB cables. Additionally, all iPod devices can be used to purchase and transfer music from iTunes. Once your iPod is synced with iTunes, you can add music, videos, podcasts, and other media files to it. And today, we will mainly talk about how to download music from Spotify to iPod with or without Premium.
Part 1. Can You Put Spotify on an iPod?
Previously, there was iPod Spotify integration so Spotify was compatible with all types of iPod models. But now, due to the popularity of mobile devices, Apple has discontinued most of its iPod models. Therefore, Spotify also dropped support for iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic. For now, you can still install the Spotify mobile app on your iPod Touch. But it requires your iPod Touch to be running iOS 14 or later.
Spotify supported iPod models:
- iPod Touch: Running iOS 14 or later
- iPod Shuffle/Nano/Classic: Not supported
If your iPod Touch doesn't meet the requirements or you're using an iPod Shuffle/Nano/Classic, read on and check out the solutions to download Spotify to iPod.
Part 2. How to Put Spotify Songs on Old iPod Touch/Nano/Shuffle/Classic
If your iPod model does not support the Spotify app, try downloading Spotify songs as unprotected local files and then transfer Spotify music to iPod. For this, you can get help from DRmare Spotify Music Converter.
It is available for Spotify Free and Premium users and can download music from Spotify to MP3, M4A and more audio formats with lossless quality. It supports batch downloading of Spotify songs at super-fast 5x speed. Furthermore, you can customize the output quality of Spotify for iPod according to your needs. Afterwards, you can transfer the downloaded Spotify music to any iPod model or other device for offline listening.
DRmare Spotify Music Converter
2.1 How to Convert and Download Spotify Music for iPod
DRmare Spotify Music Converter works well on both Windows and Mac computers. You can choose the right version for your computer. Then click on the 'Download' button above to download and install it on your computer. After that, then let's move on and see how to download music from Spotify without Premium for your iPod Nano/Shuffle/Classic.
- Step 1Import Spotify music to DRmare
- Launch DRmare software from your computer. And then, the Spotify app will be launched at the same time. Discover the songs you like from Spotify. Then drag and drop them to the main screen of DRmare Music Downloader. You can drag a song, a playlist, an album and more. Or, you can put the link to the Spotify tracks in the DRmare search box. Then hit the '+' icon. (To get the URL of Spotify songs, click on the '...' icon next to the title of the song. Then choose 'Share' and then you can copy the link address.)
- Step 2Set output format for iPod Spotify
- The best audio formats compatible with iPod are M4A, AAC, and M4A. So, you can select the format you want from the settings window. To open it, click on 'Menu' > 'Preferences' > 'Output'. For a free Spotify account, the original tracks are with a 160Kbps bit rate. So, please adjust the "Bit Rate" and "Sample Rate" to higher values to enhance the audio quality. You can also select the output folder to save Spotify music on your computer.
- Step 3Download Spotify music for iPod
- Now, click the 'Convert' button and DRmare program will download and save the Spotify files to the target folder. Once done, you can find all the audio files which are ready to be transferred to iPod. To locate them, click on the 'History' list at the bottom or 'Output' folder at the bottom or head to your computer's local folder.
2.2 How to Transfer Music from Spotify to iPod Classic/Touch/Shuffle/Nano
Now, you have saved Spotify music as unprotected local files on your computer. You can easily sync Spotify with iPod. Here are two ways for you.
Way 1. Via iTunes (For PC/macOS Mojave or earlier)
Step 1. Open iTunes from your computer.
Step 2. Click 'File' > 'Add File to Library' to move converted Spotify music to iTunes library.
Step 3. Connect your iPod to your computer via a USB cable. When it is done, you will see an 'iPod' icon from the top on iTunes main screen. Click on it.
Step 4. Hit on 'Settings' from the left side on iTunes. Go to 'Music'. Then choose 'Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres' next to 'Sync Music'.
Step 5. Check 'Recently Added' under the 'Playlist'. Select all the converted Spotify songs you like. Then click 'Apply' to transfer Spotify playlist to iPod Shuffle/Nano/Classic.
Way 2. By Finder (For macOS Catalina)
Step 1. Link your iPod device to your computer with a USB cable.
Step 2. Open the Finder window from your computer. Then hit on the 'iPod' icon.
Step 3. Hit 'Music' and choose the checkbox next to 'Sync music onto your iPod'. Then select 'Selected artists, albums, genres, and playlists'.
Step 4. Find the converted Spotify files from your computer and choose the songs you like.
Step 5. Touch the 'Apply' button to put Spotify songs on old iPod.
Part 3. How to Download Music from Spotify to iPod with Premium (iOS 14 or Above)
Now only the iPod Touch still works with Spotify. But it requires an iPod Touch fifth generation or later running iOS 14 or later. You can then easily install the Spotify app from the App Store. Now check out the tutorial on how to download songs from Spotify to iPod.
Note: Please make sure that your Spotify premium is still valid to download songs for offline listening.
3.1 How to Download and Install Spotify on iPod Touch
Step 1. Go to App Store app on your iPod Touch device.
Step 2. Type Spotify in the search bar to search for the Spotify app.
Step 3. Once found, click on the Spotify app. Then hit on 'Get' to install the Spotify app on iPod Touch.
3.2 How to Download Music from Spotify on iPod Touch
Step 1. Set up the Spotify app from your iPod Touch.
Step 2. Discover the audio tracks that you want to download and play offline.
Step 3. Enable the 'Download' icon on any track. Then it will download Spotify music on iPod Touch for offline use.
Step 4. Head to 'Your Library' > 'Settings' to enable Spotify 'Offline Mode'.
Step 5. Then you can listen to Spotify offline on your iPod Touch without any limit.
Part 4. FAQs about Spotify to iPod
Q1: Can I Sync Spotify Music to iPod?
A: You can't directly sync your Spotify playlists to iPod. This is because Spotify songs are protected by digital rights management. You need to remove the protection from Spotify and download songs as local files first before you can transfer Spotify to iPod.
Q2: Can You Use Spotify on an iPod?
A: Yes. You can install the Spotify app to iPod Touch running iOS 14 or above. As for other iPod models, you can use DRmare Spotify Music Converter to download Spotify songs as local files without Premium and then transfer them to your iPod.
Q3: Why Can't I Use Spotify on My iPod?
A: The Spotify app is supported on iOS devices running version 14 or higher. So please check if your iPod Touch is running iOS 14 or higher.
Q4: How to I Transfer Music from Spotify to My iPod Nano?
A: You can first use DRmare Spotify Converter to get iPod-supported Spotify music files and then use iTunes to transfer them to your iPod Nano.
Q5: Can I Use Spotify Connect with iPod?
A: No, you cannot use Spotify Connect with iPod. Spotify Connect requires a Wi-Fi connection and is only available on devices that are compatible with the Spotify app.
Part 5. The Verdict
With a Spotify Premium subscription, you can download Spotify to iPod for offline playback. However, it requires you to have an iPod Touch running iOS 14 or later. If your iPod model doesn't meet this requirement, don't worry. You can use DRmare Spotify Music Converter to download Spotify songs as local files and transfer them to your iPod using iTunes. With it, you can enjoy Spotify songs offline anytime and anywhere without any restrictions.