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iPhone Songs Cue to End (Skipping track completely)

3199 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Jan 2, 2012 2:38 AM by JasonSAuck RSS
ehmjay Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Dec 8, 2010 7:51 AM
A weird bug has been happening lately: sometimes I start an album and songs will just skip playing completely. Even if I go to select that track it will skip it. I started to look closer at what was happening and it seemed the track was simply cueing to the very end of the track. In order to actually get it to play I had to pause the track, scrub to the beginning and let it play through.

It seems to be completely random, though it tends to happen to songs I've recently specifically chosen to play.

This is a seriously annoying bug and needs to be address.

This was also happening prior to upgrading to iOS 4.2
iPhone 4, iOS 4
  • Michael271 Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Dec 9, 2010 6:42 AM (in response to ehmjay)
    This happens to me to, although only since 4.2.1.
    Macbook 4,1 (White), Mac OS X (10.6.4), 4GB RAM, WD 750gb Scorpio Blue
  • Steve Pandol Calculating status...
    Same here. Happens to lots of my songs. Thought about reinstalling the OS then my music to see if that helps.
    iOS 4
  • ralejahe Calculating status...
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    Feb 7, 2011 8:26 AM (in response to ehmjay)
    This has started happening to me, too, immediately (as far as I'm aware) after I got a new 3GS from the Apple Store, replacing my old 3GS. With that change in hardware came a change in iOS versions. I had iOS 4 on it before, but was maybe two releases out of date.

    The behavior I've seen has been even weirder than you mentioned, too. Just a few minutes ago, the "skipped" song remained on the screen while the subsequent song played. I paused the song, drug the playback position back to the beginning, and hit play, and the song shown on the screen started playing. When it was over, the next song resumed from the position it had been on when I paused it. Some bookmarking functionality getting mixed in with normal songs?
    iPhone 3GS, iOS 4
  • BKmacbook Calculating status...
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    Feb 18, 2011 10:57 AM (in response to ralejahe)
    It's happening more and more frequently, and I've seen the behavior you describe where the skipped song remains on the screen. Quite annoying.

    I'm running 4.2.1 on an iPhone 4.
    iPhone 4, iOS 4
  • BradPDX Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
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    Feb 25, 2011 2:07 PM (in response to ehmjay)
    It's a bug, and I figured it out.

    The issue concerns (oddly) podcasts, which are normally set to "Remember playback position".

    If you pause a podcast, the iPhone dutifully remembers it's last location. But if you then go to music, it attempts to resume playback of the song AT THE SAME POINT IN TIME AS THE PAUSED PODCAST. Since podcasts are usually longer than songs, this means that the song just ends abruptly.

    To test this, I played a podcast about half way through - roughly 30 minutes - and paused it. Thereafter, first songs of albums would cut off.

    So I started another podcast and allowed it to finish all the way (I moved the slider to the end). After that, all albums play properly from the first song.

    Definitely a bug, and I am sure Apple will address it.
    iMac Intel Core 2 Duo, MacBook Intel Core 2 Duo, iPhone 3GS, iOS 4
  • BKmacbook Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 10, 2011 2:59 PM (in response to ehmjay)
    Looks like 4.3 update may have fixed the problem for me. Haven't had a track get skipped yet, and it was very frequent prior to the update. It's only been a day though, so my fingers are still crossed.
    iMac 24" 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo / MacBook Core Duo / iPhone 3G, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • JasonSAuck Calculating status...
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    Jan 2, 2012 2:38 AM (in response to ehmjay)

    Hi all.


    Possible fix:


    Had this annoying issue, or similar. Songs on my iphone 4 would skip until it found a song it could play, but often left up on the screen a different song to the one playing. It appeared songs hadnt been transferred or were missing causingthe phone to skip the songs.


    I heard that if you get a 'weird' beep noise this is the 'shake to shuffle' feature which can be turned off via Settings>Music.


    If you have a similar issue to mine, I read converting to AAC (right click song in Itunes and choose 'convert to AAC) could work, and did for me, but is time consuming and duplicates the song.


    What worked for me? Turning off 'convert higher bit rate songs to 128 kbps AAC' on the Devices>Your Iphone main menu (device summary page). This reloads all songs to the iphone and appears to fix the issue. I have checked a few songs I knew had issues and they now work, and I can get through 10+ shuffle songs (thats as many as I checked) without a skip.


    Good luck. Let me know if it works.


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