Music keeps pausing - watch, phone?

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I am enjoying the feature of using Siri to start music and change music while I'm working outside and my hands are dirty. I can just speak to the watch and don't have to take out my phone or touch anything. I'm running into a problem where the music keeps pausing for some reason. I've tried moving off the music control glance after restarting, and sometimes it goes for an hour without a problem, and sometimes it stops 4-5 times in a minute or two. Not sure what is causing this, but suspecting its got to do with my watch since I don't recall this happening before I got it. Any ideas?
 

BlueMoon63

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I am assuming Bluetooth headphones and that can lose contact and either skip or stop and lose connection. Not certain for sure but that has happened to me when the Bluetooth headphones connection is on the opposite side of my watch.

When I run or walk, I put the headphones Bluetooth transmitter in my left ear and I don't have the problem. You could also try putting the watch on the right wrist.

Others have reported cutting out and even stopping. Hope that helps?
 

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I am assuming Bluetooth headphones and that can lose contact and either skip or stop and lose connection. Not certain for sure but that has happened to me when the Bluetooth headphones connection is on the opposite side of my watch.

When I run or walk, I put the headphones Bluetooth transmitter in my left ear and I don't have the problem. You could also try putting the watch on the right wrist.

Others have reported cutting out and even stopping. Hope that helps?
I am using wired headphones, so that's not it. What difference would switching wrists make?
 

Julien

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I am using wired headphones, so that's not it. What difference would switching wrists make?
Then you are NOT using the :apple:Watch to play music. The music is on your iPhone (not your :apple:Watch) so BT and switching wrist is not applicable. Your original post made it sound like you were using the :apple:Watch to play music. Just to be clear is this what is happening:

  • Using your iPhone to play music with wired phones
  • Using your :apple:Watch's Music app as a remote
  • Tracks are randomly Pausing/Stopping (not just a momentary pause/dropout in sound)
  • You must hit the Play button (or use Siri) to start back

What may be happening is you are using the Music app on your :apple:Watch as a remote control for your iPhone. It could be that while working outside you are exposing the :apple:Watch to water at the same time the screen cuts on. The water/dirt could 'press' the Pause button. However it seems almost as likely it would skip tracks forward or backwards sometimes too. Does it do this also?
 
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BlueMoon63

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I am using wired headphones, so that's not it. What difference would switching wrists make?
Ahhh. I assumed since you didn't mention having your iPhone with you, that you were using Bluetooth headphones and the Bluetooth transmitter in the watch to play music. :)

Julien as always is spot on correct. Really hard to know if you are somehow bumping the watch or even something else is interfering somehow as he described. You could always start a shuffle on the iPhone with no watch remote and see if it still pauses or use the watch and turn off wrist raise and leave the watch on the watch face screen to see if it is a bumping/water/dirt issue

If you have Bluetooth headphones I highly recommend giving it a try. So nice not to have cords to bump or cord controls to bump and the risk of ruining the phone or even overheating. :)

When I work on the yard, I leave my phone in the house and just use the watch and Bluetooth and it is so convenient and perfect and still does most things I would even need. Since I have three routers, I can get a signal from my wi-fi in most parts of my yard.
 

sam.mcneill

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I think this may be an issue with Apple Music, rather than your phone, watch, or headphones. My music pauses itself randomly a lot of the time, when connected to Bluetooth headphones, or connected by lightning cable to my car stereo, or if playing through the phone speaker. It's only happened since the iPod app was replaced by Apple Music so my guess is a software issue...

Still annoying, but at least it's not your watch that's faulty!
 

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Thanks all... I am using my watch as a controller for music playing from my iphone. In this case, the iphone was in my pocket, and the wired earbuds coming out. I am positive no water or anything hit the watch. This weekend it was cool out and I had on a flannel long sleeved shirt. The sleeves were clean and dry, and as soon as I hit play, the sleeve slipped down over the watch so it was protected. Very strange behavior.
 

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