4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 21, 2011 3:56 PM by mawheatley
mawheatley Level 1 (0 points)

Hi.  Sorry if this seems a stupid question.  I have iTunes Match and an iPad and everything's great - all my songs are available on both PC's and my iPad.  Thinking of buying an iPod Nano, but I can't figure out if my songs will appear on that too, as that does not have iOS5 on it.  Will it work?

iPod nano, iOS 5.0.1
  • STigré Level 1 (45 points)

    Apple's iCloud page lists:

    With iTunes Match, even songs you’ve imported from CDs can be stored in iCloud. And you can play them on any iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC

    The Nano doesn't have any wireless connection capabilities and has to be synced via cable with an iTunes account.
    I actually had to look it up because I've not been following the Nano specs and features for a while, so I won't judge you for asking.

  • mawheatley Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you.  So I get that I'll need to plug the Nano in, via cable, to iTunes.  Does that mean I'll need to download the songs I want on the Nano, from the cloud manually, before they'll sync across, or will iTunes copy them in the background and sync them?

  • STigré Level 1 (45 points)

    I'm pretty sure the songs will need to be physically present on the computer you are syncing the Nano with, but I'm not 100% sure.


    Edit: I just attempted to sync music that I have stored in the iCloud, but not written on my harddrive to an iPod Classic and it only syncs the music that is present on the computer. I tried to grab a few iCloud file and throw it on the iPod, but I had to download them before it would work.


    So, yes. You do have to have the files already downloaded to sync to a non iOS 5 iDevice.

  • mawheatley Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you.  Yes, I just did your experiment on my iPad, after switching off iTunes Match on it, in order to simulate the Nano.  My results matched yours, so let's let this thread serve as an answer for anyone else with the same question.