Updated: 10 February 2017

How to Put Music on iPod Shuffle, Nano, Mini without iTunes

Put Music on iPod Shuffle, Nano, Mini without iTunes! iPod's a fab music player, but adding music to the device is no easy task. This article will illustrate how you can fill up any iPod with songs no iTunes needed. 

Josh Brown


Music knows no boundaries. Regardless of where you are, you can play back any song with just an iPod in the pocket of your jeans. There's no much need for Internet connection too, since here we'll demonstrate how you can put music on iPod Shuffle (or on any other iPod model) and listen to it offline.

A lot of skeptics may claim that an iPhone actually swallowed an iPod, but the device designed just for music is no dead.

Turns out, that many people still stay 'conservative' and prefer to own their music. Music streaming services drain your battery blazingly fast, meanwhile the device, like, say, iPod Nano, stays alive forever. And if you have a vast music collection on your own, you don’t really need a subscription service (that’s no good in the places where signal is wonky anyway).

Now WALTR 2 – already acclaimed application adds up a new feature – support of every iPod ever released. Apple may even discontunue  those devices, but they are too good to go to oblivion just now. So here how you can put music on iPod Shuffle, Nano, Mini, Classic without iTunes.

How to Put Music on iPod Shuffle, Nano, Mini without iTunes

Down below we'll show how you can transfer songs to iPod Shuffle – but it works absolutely the same for any other iPod out there. BTW, to make it all even more intuitive – watch this short screen cast to see WALTR 2 in action: 

iPod Shuffle is the first iPod with no display. For many of us, it’s just a must for working out in the gym or running in the park. It was first delivered in 2005 and it could play back the music in chaotic order. It’s small, it has a good storage and decent battery life. And nothing distracts you from music, since there's no display. 

Before we start pay attention to the tech specs. 

Tech Requirements: 

– MacOS or Windows computer

– Download WALTR 2 app, by clicking on this very button.

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WALTR 2 is free to download, so grab it right now and test it out! There are no strings attached.

Step 1. Plug-in your iPod.

After you've spent 3 secs on installing WALTR 2, connect your iPod to a computer using FireWire or USB cords. In fact, WALTR 2 works wirelessly but sure thing – with devices like iPod you still have to use cables.

How to Put music on iPod Shuffle without iTunes, WALTR 2

Step 2. Drop your music into the drop-zone

There are no size limits. You can push as many files as you wish. To prove how fast it works, we'll put 2,5 GB of FLAC music to iPod Shuffle without iTunes. FYI, FLAC file container is not compatible with an iPod, WALTR converts it on-the-fly for native iPod playback.

How to Transfer Music to iPod Shuffle with WALTR

 WALTR 2 got completely revamped design. Besides, having a new look, it also shows the current progress. BTW, As soon as you throw the music into WALTR, the app will grab the artwork from the Internet, if available.

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Some essential features that WALTR 2 holds:

  • Universal Connection Bridge. Any of the iPods released by Apple are fully compatible. This means you can quickly put music even on the original iPod brought to life 15 years ago.
  • Smart Adaptive Conversion. There are tons of various formats out there, lion’s part of them are not supported with Apple devices. WALTR 2 supports them all – FLAC, WAV, CUE, APE, – all video & music formats are covered.
  • Automatic WiFI Connectivity. If your iOS device is connected to the same WiFI network, WALTR 2 will recognize it on the spot, and you’ll be able to throw any media to your iPhone & iPad no cords required!
  • Full Support of ePub and PDF. That’s one of the brand new WALTR 2 features. Need to quickly put PDF or ePub onto your iPhone? There’s nothing easier – just drop it into WALTR.

How to Put Lossless Music on your iPod

Your ultra-portable iPod accepts very few of music formats out of the whole ocean of them. Sure, it can play back MP3, which is the most spread format worldwide, and perhaps this is enough for most people, but HD quality music encoded in FLAC is a no-starter. Nevertheless, there are more and more music fans who would like to stick to lossless music. 

WALTR 2, just like its predecessor – original WALTR supports all those formats. You are not required to convert them beforehand and there's no loss of quality. WALTR swaps the container with the compatible one on-the-fly. Simply drop it into WALTR and that's it. 

Your FLAC music will be converted into ALAC without any quality loss. The difference in sound between lossy and lossless formats is quite impressive. Here's a little table we've prepared:


iPod was the first Apple product on the market of mobile gadgets. During 15 years Apple released  5 models of the device and more than 20 generations. There have been more than 300 millions of devices sold worldwide! The whole army of iPod lovers!

iPods are lightweight, they have extraordinary battery and they hold thousands and thousands of songs. And there's a smashingly cool way to put music on iPod Shuffle, Nano without iTunes. So go ahead and try it out right now!

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