iPod Classic won't play some songs that work fine in iTunes

Discussion in 'iPod' started by tyrell456, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

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    Recently my iPod classic has been having this weird problem where it won't play some songs that work perfectly fine in iTunes on my MBP that it's synced with. It's only been happening for the last 2 or 3 months, and only with songs I've added in this time.

    When I attempt to play these songs, the iPod will show the songs information like any other song, and then just skip to the next song in the list without playing it.

    It's always the same songs too, so it's not like a random problem that affects different songs each time. I've tried completely removing the songs from my iTunes library, syncing the iPod without the offending songs, and then re-adding the song and syncing the iPod again attempting to force the iPod to re-sync the song in case there was a problem when it originally synced, but that doesn't work either.

    Any ideas?
     
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    Sounds like a possible hard drive issue with the iPod. Have you tried restoring?
     
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    Yep, multiple times. I thought I could be a hard drive failure as well (though I've had it for less than a year), but when I restore it and completely resync it like new, it's still the same handful of 10-15 songs (out of a 20GB library) that won't work. Wouldn't it change up if it was a drive failure rather than having the same songs? And I know for sure that the files aren't corrupt or anything like that, as they work just fine in iTunes as well as any other media player I try them with on my computer, just not with my iPod.
     
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    If the files aren't corrupt, it points to a problem with the iPod. It does seem strange it's the exact same songs, but if it's songs you've added after a certain date maybe those files are just getting pushed to the bad part of the HD?

    Either way, if it's under a year old and a restore isn't sorting it, and you know for certain the files aren't corrupted, then just bring it back to Apple.
     
  5. macrumors newbie

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    found a fix for similar problem

    For a few days recently my old ipod classic 5th gen has failed to play new mp3s synced from that particular starting point, all the existing tracks in itunes and on the ipod played fine but new tracks from online or ripped from CD just wouldn't play, they showed up on the ipod after sync but wouldn't play.
    I've scoured forums for a solution but nothing worked, from restoring ipod to moving files to desktop then back into itunes and also using an mp3 repairer. Anyway, I finally found a solution, and it was very simple.
    I just actually played the tracks in itunes first and then they synced in a normal working way into the ipod!
    You don't have to play all of the track, just click on each one in itunes for a second then on to the next one, a few seconds work per new downloaded album.
    My guess is this is a glitch to do with the way itunes and the ipod are communicating with each other re some sort of tags (or whatever).
     
  6. SaveMyMusic, Sep 7, 2014
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    Having so much trouble with iTunes and my iPod only as of recently...
    I *think* I have managed to get my purchased tracks to play on my iPod (after having a great amount of trouble getting them to play properly in full) But I imported a new CD to iTunes yesterday and it seemed to transfer fine but the tracks don't play on my iPod... only like the first 5 or so secs play. I will try that playing the first few seconds though and see where that gets me.. :S


    ** Okay so I tried what was suggested about letting each song play for a second and that didn't work for me unfortunately. I'll have to try to import the CD again, I guess and see what happens. I can't believe how much trouble I'm having though, it's really upsetting...
     
  7. macrumors newbie

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    same problem

    I have two ipod 160GB classics. Bought them both a couple months ago, so they are both relatively new. Both will skip whole albums that my iTunes, ipod touch, and iphones will play just fine. Both are running the latest firmware. I have restored one of them twice as a test and it still skips the same albums.
     
  8. macrumors newbie

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    Solved!

    I found the answer to my problem. Maybe it will fix yours as well. I found the songs that skipped were encoded by Lame 3.97. Earlier and later versions of Lame mp3 codec played fine. It must be the Lame 3.97 and the firmware version on the ipod classic. I reencoded the songs with the latest Lame codec, and they now play on my ipod classic. As I was checking the file properties of the songs that didn't play, the Lame 3.97 is what they all had in common. I upgraded to 3.99 release 5.
     
  9. macrumors newbie

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    Thanks! I have since bought myself a touch as an xmas pressie to myself so all probs solved haha. Thanks so much for the reply.
     
  10. macrumors regular

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    Oh wow I wonder if that's my problem. My classic died last year so I bought a new one (latest gen 160gb). I don't use itunes (I prefer Medimonkey on my PC) and some albums will skip entirely but they play fine on the computer. I'm pretty sure the ipod that died played all of them, but I cannot remember. I will look at which encoding I used.
     

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