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Ipod Classic plays at double speed when connected to the Ipod jack in my car.

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twodirtydogs Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 19, 2012 2:51 PM

Here's a strange thing that no one has been able to help me with.  When I use my Ipod Classic in my 2012 Toyota Camry SE it plays fine until I stop the car and then restart it.  Once restarted, the Ipod plays music fine but audiobooks play back at double speed.  I have to reboot the Ipod whenever I stop and start the car.


Please help!

iPod classic, Windows 7, Connected to car Ipod jack
  • Chasw Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I am seeing something similiar.  IPod Classic, Windows XP, 2012 Toyota Prius V, plugged into the audio system's usb port.  Except I don't have audio books and under very intermitent circumstances, after a restart of the carthe music will play back at double speed.  I am playing on shuffle songs.  I can correct the problem if I advance or rollback the songs, but of course that loses the position in the original song.  If I do nothing the condition will sometimes persist into the next song, sometimes not!  And I just sat in the car for five minutes stopping and starting the car and the audio system in a variety of ways (shut down audio then car, shut down car and not audio, etc.) and I was unable to reproduce the problem, so it may have to be operating for a while before the car is stopped for the condition to be provoked (so much for showing it to my Toyota dealer!).  Still looking but suggestions would certainly help, and I will post again when I find out anything!

  • Chasw Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Spoke with Toyota dealership, and they acknowledge multiple tech issues (they have a dozen audio systems in production right now!).  Their process involves their technicians seeing the problem, then opening a ticket, so please show them the issue and provide as much detail as you can.  The local techs may not be able to do much, but we need to get details up to the right level!

  • ms4505 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Any update on this? I'm still having this problem. Toyota Camry 2012 SE with the iPod Classic. Audiobooks running at double speed.

  • Is It Just Me... Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi ms4505.

    I have a similar problem with my Ipod Classic and my Mitsubishi Pajero (2012 model) - it plays the first 2-3 songs at a fast speed and then plays normally.

    I was in an electrical store looking to buy a home theatre system the other day and I tried my Ipod Classic on a Marantz system - same problem!! On some other brands of home theatre system, although they recognised my ipod, they didn't play at all.


    My kids Ipod Nanos work fine in the car.


    It would seem this is a problem with the IPod Classic. Mine is a 160gb model MC293ZP with software version 2.0.4 PC.


    Given the number of messages about this issue on the apple discussion forum, one would have thought that Apple would have addressed the issue, but I can't see where they have.

  • Chasw Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Sorry to be so long!  Actually I was able to show the problem to my dealer's technicians.   We did not find any answers, but they were able to write up the problem, so that's the good news.  The other news: doing more tests convince me that it only happens with my iPod in my Toyota.  If I use another iPod (a classic, but a different model fromn mine) the problem does not appear.  If I use my iPod in another car (including another Prius) or play it back through another system or by itself the issue does not appear.  With my own iPod in my own car, playing at double speed happens occasionally when starting on the song it was playing when the car was turned off (whether I stopped it and turned audio off or not).  If I advance or rollback to another song the system returns to normal speed.  And I guess I'm just getting used to it.  I don't have any audiobooks, but I can see what a pain it must be to lose your place in those!  With my system you can also plug in content on a USB memory stick.  I did not work with it much (getting the file format right was a pain), but I did not get the doublespeed issue.  With a lot of music this makes selection too difficult to suit me, but with an audiobook (and assuming it will fit) it might be useful.

  • Chasw Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Good Information!  For the record, my iPod is a 120GB, Model MB565LL running version 2.0.1 PC. The car is a Prius V, base model and also 2012.  We all have new cars, old iPods and we all use PCs to load from iTunes?

  • Mike_SD_CA_USA Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Changing genre is a great suggestion, I've just been using an older iPod that can't play audiobooks faster, but it sometimes cuts out briefly on the Toyota USB iPod interface.  Annoying, but not as annoying as the too fast playing.


    I suspect what is going on is this.


    Newer iPod Classics like mine can play audiobooks at faster than 1x speed.  That's a convenient feature, although the fastest speed seems faster than any normal listener would want.


    When the iPod is playing an audiobook over USB, it goes to the next higher speed when another "play" signal is sent over USB.


    For whatever reason, the Toyota sound system sends multiple play signals when re-starting play.  That's harmless for music, which the iPod does not play faster than 1.0x, but annoying for audiobooks, where it selects a speed which is too fast.


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