The Best Way to listen to Spotify on iPod classic/nano/shuffle/touch

"I am stuck trying to transfer my favorite Spotify playlists onto my iPod device. I am not sure if there is a direct way to do this or if it requires a few extra steps. I am hoping someone can provide me with a simple and efficient method for downloading or transferring my Spotify playlists to my iPod."

Spotify is a popular streaming music service. Spotify app is available on iPod Touch 7 generation with iOS 15, so if you have such an iPod touch, just install Spotify app and enjoy the over 100-million music catalog. If you have iPod classic, nano, iPod shuffle or iPod touch 6 and earlier, you can't install Spotify on them. You need to download Spotify playlists to MP3/M4A, upload them on iTunes, and sync them to your iPod.

In this section, we will provide you with tips and best practices for converting the Spotify files into a compatible format for the iPod and transferring your favorite Spotify playlists onto iPod devices.

Option 1. Use Spotify app on iPod Touch 7th Generation

iPod Touch 7th Generation was released in 2019 and can run iOS 15. Spotify is compatible with iOS 15.0 or later. So if you have iPod Touch 7th Generation you can install Spotify app and download Spotify playlists for offline playback with Spotify premium. If you don’t have Spotify premium, follow below steps to download Spotify to M4A and then sync to your iPod touch.

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Option 2. Download Spotify songs to MP4 and transfer to iPod classic/nano/shuffle/touch 6 and earlier

Even though you are Spotify Premium subscriber, you cannot transfer the downloaded songs directly since they are DRM protected and can only play with Spotify app. To play Spotify on iPod classic/nano/shuffle/touch 6 and earlier, you need to convert Spotify to MP3 first. Therefore you will need a Spotify to MP3 converter - Ondesoft Spotify Music Converter .

Ondesoft Spotify Music Converter allows you to easily record Spotify streaming music and convert Spotify to MP3 , M4A, WAV, FLAC with 100% original quality and ID3 tags. Whether you are Free or Premium subscriber, you can use it to get DRM-free Spotify songs to enjoy on any iPod device. Just drag&drop songs, albums or playlists from Spotify to the Spotify Music Converter interface and click convert, sit back and soon you will get the DRM-free Spotify songs that you can enjoy anywhere you want.

Follow the detailed tutorial below to learn how to record and convert Spotify music to MP3 to play on iPod.

Step 1: Launch Ondesoft Spotify Converter

Download, install and run Ondesoft Spotify Converter on your Mac/Windows. Log in your Spotify account with the built-in Spotify web player.

spotify to mp3 converter

Step 2 : Choose output formats

Open Settings windows to change output format, quality, output folder, output file name, how output organized and interface language as you like.

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Step 3: Select Spotify music

Browse songs, albums or playlists you want to download from the built-in Spotify web player. Click the Add to list button to load all songs in the album or playlist, uncheck the songs you don’t want to download if there are any.

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Step 4: Start downloading and converting Spotify music

When finish the above settings, click the Convert button to start the conversion.

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After the conversion, click below folder icon to quickly locate the DRM-free Spotify songs.

add Spotify music to MP3 player

Step 4: Sync the DRM-free Spotify songs to iPod

Now you can add the Spotify MP3 music to iTunes and then sync them to your iPod. Follow the steps below:
Step 1. Open iTunes and add MP3 files via "File" > "Add to Library".
Step 2. Connect your iPod to computer with USB cable. Then click "Music" > "Sync Music" > "Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres".
Step 3. In "Playlists" section, choose "Recently added" which includes the Spotify songs you added to iTunes library before.
Step 4. Click "Apply" button and iTunes will sync the Spotify DRM-free MP3 songs to your iPod.

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