By not allowing users to sync their offline songs to the iPod nano and shuffle, Apple can guarantee that users aren’t able to keep a collection of songs on their device after cancelling their Apple Music subscription. That’s unlike other iOS devices that have access to the iOS Music app and Wi-Fi that Apple can use to authenticate an active Apple Music subscription.
If you attempt to sync offline Apple Music tracks to your iPod nano or iPod shuffle, you will receive a warning popup that reads “Apple Music songs cannot be copied to an iPod.” Though Apple Music is limited in functionality, you still can sync music that you purchased from iTunes or DRM-free music that you already own.
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