Earlier today, Apple released a brand new iPod touch that features an A8 processor and other tweaks. It’s running iOs 8.4 and can access Apple Music. The iPod nano and shuffle, on the other hand, cannot.
As outlined by iMore, the other two new refreshed iPods are specifically built for purchased music, apparently, and have no way of accessing Apple’s own music streaming service. When an owner plugs in their new iPod shuffle or nano into their Mac and tries to sync some Apple Music tracks over, a warning will pop up that reads:
“Apple Music songs cannot be copied to an iPod.”
The reason behind this move is unknown at this point, but one theory is it has something to do with Apple’s negotiations with music labels. It’s possible that the labels simply didn’t want to have to deal with the remote possibility that someone would subscribe to Apple Music, download all the songs they want onto the new iPod shuffle or nano, and then cancel the subscription and keep the songs on the device.
Considering the life expectancy that many folks believe is attached to the iPod family at this point, it’s not all that surprising that the major focus from Apple would be on the iPod touch, while the other devices gradually get left behind.
Do you plan on picking up any of the refreshed iPods?