Songs being cut off

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Sean7512, Oct 19, 2005.

  1. Sean7512 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2005
    I'm having the strangest problem, that I can not figure out. My ipod mini seems to cut off like 30 seconds to a minute on some of my songs. I have checked in my music library, and the songs are fully there. The only way to fix it, is to go and change something in the music tag, then reconnect the ipod so it will re-update that song. If I do that, then the song in question works fine. Some weird behavior that I have seen with my ipod is sometimes it will auto update some songs that were not changed since last time it was connected. So, not sure why it is doing that either. Any help is appreciated.

    BTW: It is the last rev ipod mini, 4gb. Just bought in August.
  2. dreamcast macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2005
    Henderson, Nevada
    Skipping Songs

    I have been frustrated with the exact problem with my 60gb ipod photo. For some reason, every cd i encode will have at least one song that skips in the middle or end of the song. Ironically, the same song that skips will play flawlessly during playback with Itunes. I have been importing the problem tracks via cd which can be a pain, but i will try changing the id3 tags instead like you explained. Hopefully this will help as i don't have all these cd's anymore. s
  3. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    I've had an occasional problem even after I've re-ripped the files. However, I've only noticed that it happens in shuffle mode. When playing the whole CD or playlist, it's fine.
  4. dreamcast macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2005
    Henderson, Nevada
    Can't figure it out!

    I tried to change the name of the album in the music tag on Itunes, and erased the skipping song off of the Ipod and reimported the updated song with a changed id3 tag. Unfortunately, the song (still) skips on my ipod. I update my ipod manually, but this is frustrating because every cd i import into itunes has at least one song that skips on my ipod. I don't know what to do, but i may buy a new powerbook that just came out. By the way, my present powerbook is only 6 months old, but i want to have no issues with my music.
  5. Sean7512 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2005
    possibly found the solution!

    I only had one class today, so I've been experimenting. I believe that I MAY have fixed the problem. I am not sure if this worked, but so far, so good. Here is what I did...

    1. ERASED my music on my iPod
    2. Went into the iTunes preferences, and UNSELECTED "Crossfade Playback"
    3. Reconnected my iPod, on AUTO-UPDATE
    4. Enjoy :D

    Apparently, from what I understand is that the iPod is not capable of Crossfade when a song is uploaded to the iPod, sometimes iTunes screws up and uploads the stop time as it is during Crossfade Playback; therefore cutting the song off. I'm not sure if the auto update is really all that necessary, my thinking is that it may be. I think this because there are preferences that get copied to the iPod, so if Crossfade Playback is not enabled, then it should work according to plan.

    Hope that this little work does the trick. So far it has been fine, but I only did do this about 6 hours ago. The good news is that, I've been having it play through my stereo in my room since then and everything has been fine.
  6. shindelins macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2006
    Colorado - Texas Native

    i know that this ia an old thread but it anyone was searching through all of these to find a solution to this terrible problem i found what worked. as someone else said on here i just turned off the crossfade playback in my ituned and restored my ipod (G4 HP) then put all of my songs back on. and when i do that i usually have to put them on manually in huge chunks because there's usually a few problem making songs (but alot of my songs are illegal, so that's me).

    I have probably spent at least 14 hours of trying to fix this problem with a whole lot of other malicious problems coming up.. but i think this did it.
  7. min6characters macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2006
    I've experienced a similar-but-different issue. After loading over 1,000 songs on my iPod, I've come across a couple (so far) songs that wouldn't play when selected for play; the selection appears briefly, then skips over to the next song before beginning to play. Both selections were ripped in AAC format and both played properly in iTunes.

    With one song, I deleted the song off of both the iPod and iTunes, re-ripped and reloaded, with no change in result. I was able to rip the song in mp3 format and then it worked fine.

    The second time it happened, I went into iTunes and edited the "start" time of the selection to start playing a couple seconds into the song, and that works also. However, I'd prefer to keep the entire song intact.

    Has anyone else experienced this?
  8. lrjr macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2003
    I had this problem. To fix it I de-fragmented my iPods hard drive using diskwarrior (turned out that it was 70% fragmented :confused: ). After that it has run fine ever since.
  9. Lopezpumper macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2008
    Hi, well i had the same problem with one of the songs I synced with my iTouch, but I didn't pay attention to it because it was only one song. But yesterday it happened again with other song, so I googled and I didn't found anything (note: I just googled like half an hour), and then I get into this forum.

    Then I proceed to start experimenting (I don't know if it says like this) with the songs, and I found a way to correct this error but it is a little tedious!

    1.- First of all if you have your "iTunes Music Folder Automatic organization" option activated, you have to delete the file from your library but not from the folder. To don't get deleted the song of the folder, you have to answer the option "keep file" when iTunes ask if you want to "complete delete the file".

    2.- Then, once you have your file deleted from iTunes library but not from your folder, you go to the folder to move this file to another directory (Note: do this with all the songs that have the same error).

    3.- After this you have to re-sync your iPod to get the error songs deleted because they are not anymore in the iTunes Library.

    4.- Then you have to re-open the file in your computer, with a sound editor to re-save the file with the new format. You can do this downloading a sound editor. I think I can't say any names of software because of the Forum License agreement but you can search in google for a good and free sound editor. (I'm not a sound engineer but one thing I have experimented is, that sound files doesn't have just the sound in it, but also some information that some players can interpret in another way, and that make the file uncomplete playable. This is not a fundamented explanation, but is an idea to understand more or less the problem).

    5.- Once you re-saved (overwrited) the file with the same format (.mp3, .wmv, .wav, .m4a, etc.) and name, you can add the song again or import it to the iTunes Library. The iTunes Library must process file per file and then you have the new non-error or non-corrupted songs in your library.

    6.- The last step is to sync your iPod again with your new Healthy iTunes Library and now you must have your songs complete playable, and not interrupting or cutting off in the middle of the song.

    Note: One thing that I also experimented is that when I did this to my songs, a 30 sec. blank space get into the end of the song. This can be fixed also with the sound editor to have your song just like you downloaded it.

    I hope this helps!

    If you know a better and faster way of doing this I'll be glad to read it! because I think this is a long procedure, but is the only way I have found to fix this problem.

  10. 7heather macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2009
    I found a solution that worked for me. I right-clicked the song in iTunes and selected "Convert to MP3". The song was already an MP3 to begin with but it created a new file and the new file plays fine on my iPod. I didn't have to remove all of my songs or anything time-consuming that like. The problem I had was that a song would play for about 20 seconds (more or less) and then stop and move on to the next song. Four songs off one album did that, but the other songs off the same album were fine.

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