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uberS3G Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
The Voice Over feature is only saying generic stuff
ie: "All Songs, Playlist 1, Playlist 2, etc."

I've:
-Done a fresh install of iTunes 8.1.0.51 (wasn't using iTunes before this)
-iTunes downloaded Voice Over and it was installed.
-Enabled the voice over feature in the summary tab, and it is on English.
-Only have English songs with Tags (the meta data with the song info)
-Tried turning on and off Manually Manage Music

When I sync the iPod it say "Generating Voice Over Messages" in the status bar. Yet it's not working.

This is really frustrating, although it's not an essential feature, I was certainly excited about it.

1) Is there anyway to reinstall Voice Over?
2) Any other suggestions? or anyone else with the same problem?

Windows Vista
  • 1. Re: Voice Over Problems
    David. Level 4 Level 4 (2,145 points)
    sorry, I have no ideas on a fix.

    but since you brought the subject of VO up, I'm politely asking you, or anyone what is the point of having songs introduced by a voice? I know who sings each song I've got on my various iPods. I know within a couple of seconds. Just how does the VO improve the experience of listening to music. I haven't understood the feature's usefulness from the Apple video.
  • 2. Re: Voice Over Problems
    uberS3G Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    The song isn't actually introduced by VoiceOver. But you can use voice over (by pressing the button) to check what you're listening to.

    I also recognize most of my songs, so I don't need it to identify the track. But it is useful for navigation, such as moving through songs, and mainly for navigating playlists. Instead of memorizing the playlist order, if I can hear it, then I can easily navigate through it (my playlists are alphabetically).

    I could just wait for tracks to start up and listen to them, but it'd be quicker to just hear the playlist (or track) title and move on from there.
  • 3. Re: Voice Over Problems
    iPod Whisperer Level 3 Level 3 (775 points)
    Are you saying that you have specific names for your playlists and instead of saying those it is just saying "playlist 1", etc?

    If so, how full is your shuffle? Do you get any other dialogs telling you that your shuffle is full?

    i
  • 4. Re: Voice Over Problems
    David. Level 4 Level 4 (2,145 points)
    ok., I always know what I'm listening to on my iPod as it's MY music. If it was for a radio, that might make some sense to me.
  • 5. Re: Voice Over Problems
    0Ari0 Level 5 Level 5 (4,995 points)
    Think about audiobook listeners actually wanting to know where they are in the non-Audible audiobook...
  • 6. Re: Voice Over Problems
    Ian Parkinson Level 6 Level 6 (10,400 points)
    I have 18,000 tracks in iTunes and my shuffle fills up randomly from those tracks.
    I certainly do not know the Artist and Track name of every one of the 18,000 tracks and frequently wish I knew who it was.
  • 7. Re: Voice Over Problems
    uberS3G Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I do have specific names for my playlist. ie: "Artist - AlbumName"

    My shuffle is nowhere near full
  • 8. Re: Voice Over Problems
    NKS Guy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    This sounds familiar, as I think Voice Over is what is killing me with my Control Button not working problem. It makes some very strange beeping noise when the songs first start.
  • 9. Re: Voice Over Problems
    sierra shadow Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I like to listen to new music on a play list that is playing randomly. And since I do not like to read while I am running, I like the idea of pushing a button to find out who it is and the name of the song. And on a completely unrelated note, my son is blind and loves music. I put new music on his iPod all the time and he has no way of knowing who it is.

    You can set the new Nano to read the info every time a song comes on but I don't like that. So once someone gets an adapter out there that allows me to use the headphone I have on the new Shuffle, I will get one.
  • 10. Re: Voice Over Problems
    Kopthat Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    We had the same problem when we had it set to manual sync,
    and just dragged the songs to the shuffle.

    I then did a restore through iTunes.
    Made sure that the songs I was copying had all the Artist and Title info
    I actually created a new playlist, but don't think this is a must
    Instead of drag and dropping a playlist, I just chose to sync it on the music tab of the shuffle in iTunes
    Now all is good playlist is read by title, and song and artist are described
  • 11. Re: Voice Over Problems
    Kenichi Watanabe Level 7 Level 7 (30,030 points)
    I have two older shuffles. With one, I have iTunes randomly fill it from my whole library, which has about 4000 songs. This if fun, because I get to hear songs that I have not listened to for years. And I definitely hear songs (especially from my Jazz genre) that I have no clue about the name of the song or even the artist.

    For the problem reported by the original poster, is the voice feature working on your Vista installation for other applications?
  • 12. Re: Voice Over Problems
    Eric Erickson Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I am running into the same problem. While it will say the name of some playlists it will say +playlist 1+ or +playlist 4+ for others. I have plugged it in and renamed the playlists several times. I am now down to one playlist where it says +playlist x+ instead of the name, but I don't know why it's doing that. Also, I had some problems where it changes languages and reads the name of the track and artist back to me in what sounds like French. If I keep holding down the button it eventually reverts back to English reads the playlist name (or not, as in just +playlist x+). Other than those two bugs, it's been great. Has anyone been able to get around the generic playlist thing? I really don't want to have go restoring and copying again if I don't have to.
  • 13. Re: Voice Over Problems
    Jason L Community Specialists Community Specialists (9,475 points)
    uberS3G wrote:
    I do have specific names for my playlist. ie: "Artist - AlbumName"

    My shuffle is nowhere near full

    How much free space is left on the iPod Shuffle?
    If there is too much content on the iPod, you may have to free up space on the Shuffle and then uncheck the option for Enable VoiceOver support, click Apply, re-enable VoiceOver and click Apply. That way the voiceover files are re-generated and synced over to the Shuffle.

    This could also happen if the iPod Shuffle is disconnected before the VoiceOver files are generated. Make sure the iPod is directly connected to a high-speed USB2 port on the computer, using the cable that came with it.
    Try unchecking the option to Enable VoiceOver, click Apply, and then re-enable Enable VoiceOver and click Apply. Then leave the Shuffle connected to the computer for a longer length of time, so that the voiceover files are generated and synced to the device.

    -Jason
  • 14. Re: Voice Over Problems
    iPod Whisperer Level 3 Level 3 (775 points)
    Is this only happening when speaking playlists and menu items?

    What happens when you have the voice speak the current track name?

    i
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