Major Problems with New iPod Touch 2nd Gen Bluetooth

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by slomifier, Jul 2, 2009.

  1. slomifier macrumors regular

    Mar 25, 2008
    I just bought Moto ROKR S9-HD Stereo Bluetooth Headphones for my iPod Touch, and the first time I used them (in my basement, after about an hour of unsuccesful paring attempts), the sound quality was simply amazing, and, un-blocked, the range was pretty good. I took the headphones to work (at a mall), and immediently I noticed that as soon as I put my iPod in my pocket, the music starts stuttering on and off every couple seconds, and, when I'm surrounded by people (like in a mall), the stuttering becomes even more frequent, and lasts longer. (I figure thats because it's trying to connect to a bluetooth device somewhere around me).

    Considering it took me 5 hours to download OS 3.0, and 150$ for the headphones, it seems unreasonable that the deadliest thing to happen to bluetooth since going-out-of-range is 2mm of jean pocket.

    Does anyone know how to solve this?

  2. 4DThinker macrumors 68020

    Mar 15, 2008
    The radio frequency Bluetooth uses will have the most trouble passing through your body. Walls won't challenge it much. Yet put it in a pocket where there are body parts between it and your headphones and you'll get the cutouts you got. If you can put it in a shirt pocket it may help. Until they make better antennas for both the headphones and your Touch there won't be a solution.
  3. slomifier thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 25, 2008
    Thx, but the thing is, if I hold it directly in front of my face, it doesn't stutter at all.

    Also, except for the skin on the right sideof my neck and maybe a little moob (yes, moob) there's really nothing in it's way.
  4. 4DThinker macrumors 68020

    Mar 15, 2008
    In front of your face there is nothing in the way. The device antenna is probably better aligned as well. I've got several bluetooth devices, and all work somewhat poorer when I stick them in a pants pocket.
  5. 4DThinker macrumors 68020

    Mar 15, 2008
    I just receive the MotoRokr EQ7 bluetooth speaker, and although my 2nd gen touch found and paired with it, the signal was horribly choppy. It would cut out every few seconds, even though the Touch was right next to it. Same speaker works fine with my Cowon S9, Samsung P2 and P3, iriver SPINN, insignia Pilot, and Philips player. All these have plastic backs, which may help their signal conpared to the Touch's metal back.

    Still, this kind of crappy bluetooth performance should have been fixed in beta. Apple should be embarassed. Apparently no one there really understands bluetooth.
  6. nateo200 macrumors 68030


    Feb 4, 2009
    Northern District NY
    Apple half assed the Bluetooth, BAD. There's no reason you would loose signal quality from putti g it in your pocket. Bluetooth operates on the rather crowded 2.4ghz frequenzy but at that frequenzy penetration of obsticles is easy even if it's low power. I'm upset just reading this.
  7. Arisilde macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2009
    Reduced Functionality??

    I also have the motorokr S9's, used the jabra dongle before bluetooth came out, and I love them while working out, shopping, etc. However just when I'm about to rejoice from my iPod recieving the gift of bluetooth I get disappointed again. I'm not quite sure if this is a singular problem or not, seeing as ive yet to hear about it from anyone or anywhere else, but my FF/RR song functionality doesnt work. Volume up/down and play/pause work great, but FF/RR produce the "button pushed" audio sound from the headphones, however no action takes place. Anyone else experiencing this? Please tell me theres a fix somewhere before I lose my mind....Plz
  8. theron.roland macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2009
    apple didn't implement the ff and rr button feedback into their bluetooth stack for the phone or the ipod touch i'm afraid (i have both), this is a known issue, we can only hope that 3.1 will have this
  9. Arisilde macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2009
    Thanks Theron, it's good to know that im not having some freakish singular problem. Now I get to play the wonderful "wait for Apple to actually give us what they said they would" game. Disappointing, but I had the feeling bluetooth on the touch wouldnt be issue free. Time to go send some emails.....
  10. shouldntdothat macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2009
    Stuttering audio, intermitent audio.

    I too have the Motorola S9 HD, I was using it with my 1st Gen Touch via dongle, no problems, upgraded to 2nd gen, unable to use play/pause Next/Previous track. Also I have noticed It just not syncing, somtimes the IPOD shows connected but I can not select the headset from Itunes. By the way all funtions are available and work flawless when I use my Instinct phone, So im sure my headset is fine. I shouldnt have to play around with it this much. Also not in love with the fact that my Dock speakers no longer work, or my AC charger. I'm giving them 30 days, if they do not do something the IPOD's going back.
  11. JOKOUT macrumors newbie

    Dec 2, 2009
    have had my 2g for about a year and just settled for wires till I got my new smart phone and sprung for the S9-HDs. Thought I had died and gone to heaven when the touch 2G was upped with stereo BlueTooth till I actually tryed to use it...
    While the S9s are excellent with my LG and pretty much every other device I have tried them with, I can only say I am VERY disappointed with the BlueTooth implimentation on the Touch! Basically unuseable!
    No track control,
    Music constantly dropping out even with the Ipod less then a foot from the headset!
    Poor sound quality with muddy bass
    Pairing is realitively painless for the most part BUT, it hyjacks the headphones making pairing with anything else imposible, have to clear settings in all devices and go back to ground zero every time!
    Back to wires with the Ipod till a real solution comes around...OR sadly just use my phone for my music needs...too bad, I expected so much more from Apple!
  12. pilotrtc macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2008

    Gee, I wonder if the poor implementation of Bluetooth has anything to do with the reduction of WiFi signal that has been reported with the update to OS 3?

    I've noticed that old signals that used to be strong in OS 2 are now appearing weaker. If Bluetooth is also weak, maybe they're now sharing the "power" that used to be dedicated to WiFi?

    Just musing....
  13. JOKOUT macrumors newbie

    Dec 2, 2009
    interesting thought...
    I noticed something else today...if the Ipod is in the same room as the phone, it will hyjack the Bluetooth conection from the phone even when in sleep mode!
    I was trying to listen to music on the phone when the headsets kept disconnecting from the phone and all of a sudden a different song came on the S9s! The touch had turned itself on and paired with the headset!
  14. JOKOUT macrumors newbie

    Dec 2, 2009
    so frustrated with this thing I finally just turned Bluetooth off! The S9s with my phone are now flawless!
  15. Jhdearing macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2009

    Wow...There seems to be an awful lot of technical problems. I have had mine for 3 months now and it works perfectly....

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