Entry-Level iPods Can't Sync Apple Music Offline

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It was probably a given, but the lower-end iPods are not able to take advantage of Apple Music's offline syncing capability. The iPod shuffle and iPod nano, even though they were just introduced yesterday, July 15th, well after the Apple Music launch, are still designed to play purchased music. If you thought an Apple Music subscription could cut down on your purchased music bill, and still allow you to workout to tunes on your smaller iPod, think again. You will need a more full-featured iPod touch or iPhone for that.

There is a reason for this, although it might not be sufficient for most users. DRM, or Digital Rights Management, is a fancy phrase for copyright protection. Only the iPod touch and higher-end devices can be relied on to connect to the Internet and make sure you still are paying Apple. It seems like there ought to be a compromise, perhaps requiring an iPod nano or shuffle to connect to iTunes once a month to make sure your Apple Music subscription is paid for. Apple has already reversed track on the decision not to pay artists during the three month trial (thanks to Taylor Swift) so maybe they will revisit this. Unlike the royalty issue, this would require some reprogramming and an iOS or iTunes update, so don't expect any changes soon.

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Todd Bernhard

Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.