2 Replies Latest reply: Oct 21, 2007 2:42 PM by foukenal
borrusownage Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
im having a problem with my ipod pausing on its own over and over. sometimes it will go with out pausing on its own for about 10 minutes but it always pauses by itself. i know im not touching anythign cause i mainly use my ipod in my car and its sitting on something. if anyone else has had this problem please let me know

ipod mini, Windows XP
  • AquaStreak Level 2 Level 2 (265 points)
    From my personal experience fixing iPods, this is a headphone jack issue.

    In short, the iPod is designed to pause when the headphones are removed. When the headphones are removed, the metal end is no longer touching the metal contacts in the jack. So when A=B and B=C, the iPod pauses when the headphone plug no longer touches the metal contacts.

    Thus the problem. Presumably, one of the headphone contacts in the jack is bent/damaged/etc. and is losing contact with the plug. Because of this, the iPod thinks the "headphones have been removed", and pauses.

    For a temporary solution, try turning the plug a few degrees in the jack, giving it a different connection spot.
    The long term solution would be to replace the headphone jack. Personally, I'd recommend getting service on replacing an iPod mini's jack (as opposed to a DIY project).

    Good luck!
  • foukenal Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have this problem on my 4g ipod. I don't know if we are talking about the same problem, however.

    Presumably, one of the headphone contacts in the jack is bent/damaged/etc. and >is losing contact with the plug. Because of this, the iPod thinks >the "headphones have been removed", and pauses.


    This is a logical assumtion, but if the jack is losing contact with the plug, you would hear it. You would lose one speaker or it would sound scratchy. Nobody with this problem describes that. I agree that this has to do with the "headphones removed"(pause) logic circuit.

    Here is what I think. The ipod measures resistance of the headphones connection. When it detects a significant change it pauses. I also think that the ipods default resistance tolerance is calibrated for the earbuds. Plugging in "bigger" headphones disturbes this relation.

    Here is what I did, and my ipod has not paused for a week now. Restore your ipod to factory default via itunes. When you do, have the headphones that you are going to use always plugged in during the restore. I'm talking about a full restore where you have to plug the ipod into the charger at the end of it. When you connect to the dock, leave the headphones connected also. I think the ipod will calibrate to the new headphones and not pause.

    I hope this is not a red herring. Please post back with results.