iPod Shuffle dead?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Spectrum, Jan 4, 2006.

  1. Spectrum macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2005
    Never quite sure
    Well, I'd just copied a file over to my Shuffle, ejected it, unplugged it, and now it isn't recognised by either of two computers. It just flashes amber when I plug it in.

    I launched iPod updater, and it tells me to plug in an iPod - but I do and it doesn't recognise I have.

    However: In system profiler it does recognise that i have plugged iPod into the hi-speed USB.

    I often have recogniton/eject problems with the thing (why is the Shuffle so bad for this? - because of FAT32?), but none so terminal as this.

    Any ideas? I mostly just use this thing as a flash drive. Now it's jiggered it seems.
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    Do you have any Music on it that you could play through the headphones?

    Does iTunes recognize it?
  3. .Andy macrumors 68030


    Jul 18, 2004
    The Mergui Archipelago
    Have you tried resetting it? That might kick it back into action.

    If not only a few more days until the new ones are (possibly) released..............
  4. Spectrum thread starter macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2005
    Never quite sure
    Yes, but it won't play - flashes alternately green/amber

    Nope. It just flashes Amber when I plug it in. But system profiler does detect it.

    That is basically just turning it OFF, then on again. This doesn't work. I think I need to RESTORE it, but this seems impossible if the comp does not detect it!

    Thanks for the help, but that's not much of a solution! Things should not be built so flaky that you have to replace them to resolve an issue.
  5. rjphoto macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2005
    Try this page


    It has a few more suggestions than just turning it off and back on.

    Also, you may wnat to try and reboot the computer while it is plugged in just for kicks...works for some of my firewire drives.
  6. weckart macrumors 601

    Nov 7, 2004
    Uh oh. Dead. Your Shuffle is deader than a dead thing that's dead. I had the same symptoms with mine. If your computer won't even recognise the hardware then no amount of resetting will help. Shuffles tend to die suddenly, I found out whilst trawling the internet for help. They are truly Apple's answer to the Tamagotchis. Feed them with bad music and they show their appreciation by expiring. :D

    Take it back to the shop you bought it from. They should replace it.
  7. Spectrum thread starter macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2005
    Never quite sure
    tried and failed. But thanks :)

    Yep. Looks like that's where I'm at. Tried it in an XP machine. It recognises it, says it is working perfectly, also verified and repaired any errors fine, even formatted without an error.

    Unfortunately it reads the capacity as exactly: 0 bytes.
  8. cgratti macrumors 6502a


    Dec 28, 2004
    Central Pennsylvania, USA
    Same thing happened to my shuffle, its dead. I sent mine in to apple and they sent me a brand new one....

    Call Apple

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