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Spotify on an old iPod?

Is there a way of any sort to have access to Spotify on an iPod Nano 3rd gen (A1236)?

I think the major problem would be to have it connect to a Wi-Fi network.

Maybe a possible solution is to make the iPod be a piggyback of a mobile phone where you have Spotify, but idk.

Problem is Spotify won’t let you sync your iPod when you connect it to your pc so there’s no way to download your entire Spotify library to your iPod.

I found there are some programs that claim to be able to do it, but they have two major problems:

1 - you have to select each song and drag it onto the program;

2 - they are quite expensive (30-40$) whereas most iPod mods can be done with less expense.

Big thanks to anyone who’ll answer!

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No. There is no wifi capability or way to install new apps

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Sadly, the iPod just doesn’t have the needed ability to stream Spotify as well as have a way to unlock your downloaded library as its limited to a tethered connection. You’ll need to live with $40 solution.

A cheap iPhone is the best you can do and run the Spotify app Spotify: Music and Podcasts

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A cheap iPhone OR iPod Touch

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@tahbaconperson Only works if the OP wants to carry a MiFi hotspot with a lot of data :P.

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Sure an iPod Touch will work but it will be limited to loaded content and you will need to authenticate via WiFi. You need the cellular connection which the iPhone has for streaming content when on the go. Consider the storage space your library will need Vs streaming.

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@danj I've never been happy with how much onboard space the Touch has. Part of the issue is they have less space for the money then a used 6s, which doesn't make them the best deal relative to how much the same money buys you with an iPhone. Also has worse battery life, which shouldn't be the case since it lacks a cellular radio that is constantly wanting to call 911 due to FCC requirements.

The Touch is great for some people, but the space issue is a deal breaker for me. I'd rather have a 128GB 6s given the choice, even if it's dated. Plus having an iPhone as an MP3 player means if I need to switch phones with little warning I can get a SIM and have a working phone the same day. I think the issue with the Touch is it's targeted towards parents a lot of the time, so the compromises that make it a bad daily driver are made worse by the fact they always get the cheap low capacity one.

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@nick - I have an iPod Touch which I use when I workout with bluetooth headphones. I only have my workout music and a few podcasts using iTunes.

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Hey, if you want to use Spotify music on your old iPod, here is an easy way for you. You could try to get Spotify music as local files on your computer and then transfer them to your iPod for offline using. But to make it, you need to use the tool DRmare Music Converter for Spotify to help you. Hope it will meet your needs.

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Thanks. I have tried your tips. The tool looks similar to my AudKit Spotify Playlist Downloader. Are they owned by the same company or what? But AudKit seems to use the more advanced techniques that the running speed is much faster.

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The compatibility of iPod is varied, able to play audio files in the format of AAC, MP3, PCM, Apple Lossless, FLAC, and Dolby Digital. However, all music from Spotify is streaming content protected by digital rights management so Spotify music is only available within Spotify itself. That’s why you cannot listen to Spotify music from iPod. but it is easy to extract music from Spotify to the audio format compatible with iPod by using Tuneslf Spotify Music Converter  which is for both Spotify Premium and Free users

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The compatibility of iPods is varied, able to play audio files in the format of AAC, MP3, PCM, Apple Lossless, FLAC, and Dolby Digital. However, all music from Spotify is streaming content protected by digital rights management so Spotify music is only available within Spotify itself. That’s why you cannot listen to Spotify music from iPod.

If you want to reach Spotify music to iPod, the best choice is to remove the private content copyright from Spotify and convert Spotify music to iPod supported audio formats. How to do this? To achieve it, you may need Tunelf Spotify Music Converter for iPod. Then you can download Spotify music to an iPod for listening.

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Spotify does not support music streaming on iPod Nano, Classic, or Shuffle. I‘ve read a post in the Spotify Community, saying that some old generations of iPod Touch can install the old Spotify app which stopped updating. Not sure whether this method is available for iPod Nano. Apologies that I cannot find that post now.

https://www.audfree.com/spotify/sync-spo... This article here might be helpful to you. I use the Audfree music converter for Mac to download Spotify songs and then sync them to my iPod Classic.

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