Apple blocking offline Apple Music storage on iPods due to piracy concerns

There will be no transferring your offline Apple Music collections onto the new iPod nano or iPod shuffle because Apple is overly concerned about piracy, as it should be, and so the company’s decided to play it safe instead.

As suggested earlier this week and confirmed today by 9to5Mac, the nano and shuffle will not sync with Apple Music due to piracy concerns.
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.

If so, the requested songs get downloaded locally to your device so you can listen to them without an Internet connection. These locally stored files are copy-protected with Apple’s digital rights management (DRM) solution called FairPlay.
 Apple could have adapted the iPod software to ask users to sync with iTunes at least once a month in order to check for the subscription validity, but it didn’t so that’s just the way things are for the time being.

Makes sense, right?

Source: 9to5Mac


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