iTunes Match Music Conversion

tcbert96

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May 17, 2016
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Hello wonderful people of MacRumors,

I have a collection of music in my iTunes library, some of which are apple match songs. The issue I am having is I want to use this music on my iPod nano, something which apparently cannot be done. After looking into this further it seems that all of my match songs cannot be used outside of itunes, be it on an iphone or otherwise. I feel like there is a simple solution about how to convert the m4p files to perhaps mp3, but after some digging and downloading some shady programs I haven't been able to find anything that works. I was hoping that somebody on this forum could help me out, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks guys and gals.
 

Rigby

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What exactly do you mean by "Apple Match songs"? Matched songs download as standard 254kbps AAC files, which play natively on iPhones and iPods, including the Nano. No conversion is necessary. What exactly happens when you try to play them on the Nano?
 

tcbert96

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May 17, 2016
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What exactly do you mean by "Apple Match songs"? Matched songs download as standard 254kbps AAC files, which play natively on iPhones and iPods, including the Nano. No conversion is necessary. What exactly happens when you try to play them on the Nano?
By "matched songs" I am referring to songs that I have downloaded using my iTunes Match (or Apple Music) subscription. My understanding is that these songs are downloaded to a different folder than purchased songs, and in a different format .m4p. I don't even have the option to add these songs to the ipod shuffle (sorry turns out it is a shuffle not a nano sorry).

Thanks for your reply
 

Rigby

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By "matched songs" I am referring to songs that I have downloaded using my iTunes Match (or Apple Music) subscription. My understanding is that these songs are downloaded to a different folder than purchased songs, and in a different format .m4p. I don't even have the option to add these songs to the ipod shuffle (sorry turns out it is a shuffle not a nano sorry).
Do you have iTunes Match or Apple Music, or both? If you have Apple Music only, the downloaded files have DRM (copy protection) and will not play on an iPod Nano or Shuffle unfortunately. Nothing can be done about it. They do play on iPhone and iPod Touch though.
 

tcbert96

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Do you have iTunes Match or Apple Music, or both? If you have Apple Music only, the downloaded files have DRM (copy protection) and will not play on an iPod Nano or Shuffle unfortunately. Nothing can be done about it. They do play on iPhone and iPod Touch though.
Okay so there isn't any free way to remove DRM protection. Shoot. Correct me if I'm wrong but are you saying that if I have both iTunes match and apple music that the songs wont have DRM. It's kind of pointless for me to download all of this music if I have to purchase it again just so that I can use it on my workout iPod. What a silly feature.
 

Julien

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You are confusing music that you already own with music you are streaming (renting). Match is for music that you already own from CDs, Amazon, iTunes purchases or........ Matched tracks are not DRM protected. :apple:Music is streamed (or can be downloaded to play later on approved devices) and you don't own it. You are just 'renting' to use and it contains DRM.
 

OllyW

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Correct me if I'm wrong but are you saying that if I have both iTunes match and apple music that the songs wont have DRM.
If you also subscribe to iTunes Match, only matched songs which you own can be downloaded without DRM. Songs downloaded from Apple Music will still have DRM.
 

Rigby

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Okay so there isn't any free way to remove DRM protection. Shoot. Correct me if I'm wrong but are you saying that if I have both iTunes match and apple music that the songs wont have DRM. It's kind of pointless for me to download all of this music if I have to purchase it again just so that I can use it on my workout iPod. What a silly feature.
If you have both, your own songs that have been matched will download without DRM. But in no case will songs that you don't own (i.e. that you only get access to through the AM subscription) download without DRM.

The small iPods without Internet connection are not supported by Apple Music.
 
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