iPod Classic randomly pausing/unpausing/skipping songs

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Thillo, May 21, 2018.

  1. Thillo macrumors newbie


    May 21, 2018
    Hi all,

    I found one thread about this problem here from 2007, but no solution, alas.

    I have an iPod classic and I know it is quite old, but I am very attached to it. Everything made after it does not even come close in my opinion. The amount of storage is just stellar and it does what it needs to do.

    I didn't have any problems so far, but about two weeks ago, it started randomly pausing/unpausing/skipping songs while playing. Resetting the iPod solves the issue for a bit, until I unlock it after a couple of minutes and it all starts over again. When i don't unlock, it keeps running smoothly. I tried a full restore via iTunes, but this did not solve the issue.

    At first, this seemed like a hardware problem to me (something with the buttons probably), however, the fact that it is transiently fixed after a reset makes me doubt it again. Has anyone have experience with this problem?

    Thanks a lot!
  2. iRock1 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 23, 2011
    Did you solve this? When you say the playback is paused, is it really like it's been paused? Because I'm facing a similar issue where the playback stops and the length bar skips forward near the end of the song, time during which the iPod becomes very unresponsive.
  3. jantoman, Sep 23, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2018

    jantoman macrumors member


    Mar 2, 2014
    I'll try to check the hard drive first, in Test mode. Then I'll check the headphone female plug, maybe there's some bad contact. Some Apple earbuds have a remote control on the cord, and the plug senses every change in contacts. I had a worn mini-jack plug on the cable connecting my 5th gen iPod to the Hi-Fi system, and every slightest touch put the player in pause or stop. I replaced the plug with a new one and it never happened again since.
    It could even be a plug-socket size mismatch: try different cables and see what happens.
  4. alissa914g macrumors newbie


    May 5, 2018
    Philadelphia, PA
    I had this problem when I had a bad CF adapter to PATA drive for the iPod Classic. It wouldn't do it consistently either. Someone told me that the power-down code in the iPod Classic didn't work well with this board and some CF adapters. It just told me to try to avoid cheap Chinese boards....

    I picked up a Quad at iflash.xyz and haven't had the problem since. If you have a hard drive, you may want to eventually replace it with a micro SD or other type of flash drive since it should be more efficient. Keep in mind mSata boards use more power than the others do. And also that a 6th gen iPod Classic (not running 2.0.4 or higher) can only go up to 128GB on these boards... that's a firmware limitation.

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