11 Replies Latest reply: Jul 14, 2008 9:48 PM by ipod confused
5Oclock Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have 450 or so albums loaded to my PC via Real Player. I imported them in to ITunes and then on to my Ipod. Some songs will not play completely on the Ipod. They do in ITunes and Real Player. If I delete from the IPod and re-install the same songs still will not play completely. Anyone else have this issue and or know of a remedy?

IPod Classic 80GB, Windows XP
  • 1. Re: Some songs on Ipod do not play all the way through
    btabz Level 7 Level 7 (26,635 points)
    Welcome to Apple Discussions!

    Is there anything unique about these songs? Were they all purchased from the iTunes Store, ripped from CDs, obtained off the Internet, etc.? How'd you get these song files? Do they play in iTunes?

    Also, just as a basic set of things to try, go through the Five Rs.

    btabz
  • 2. Re: Some songs on Ipod do not play all the way through
    jimsocal Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    First of all, are you SURE the short-stopping MP3 doesn't stop on ANY player? I have some that I downloaded from questionable sources, which stop half way through on any player.

    Here's the text of the above link for restoring/resetting IPod Classic:

    Having trouble with your iPod? Follow the steps in the order. Complete them one by one and stop as soon as the issue is resolved.

    Step 1: Make sure your iPod is fully charged
    Make sure your iPod is fully charged and then toggle the Hold switch on and off

    Reset
    To reset your iPod:
    1. Toggle the Hold switch on and off. (Slide it to Hold, then turn it off again.)
    2. Press and hold the Menu and Select buttons until the Apple logo appears, about 6 to 10 seconds. You may need to repeat this step.

    Tip:
    If you are having difficulty resetting your iPod, set it on a flat surface. Make sure the finger pressing the Select button is not touching any part of the click wheel. Also make sure that you are pressing the Menu button toward the outside of the click wheel, and not near the center.
    If the above steps did not work, try connecting iPod to a power adapter and plug the power adapter into an electrical outlet, or connect iPod to your computer. Make sure the computer is turned on and isn't set to go to sleep.

    Retry
    Retry your iPod with a different USB port on your computer, not a USB port on your keyboard or hub.

    Restart
    Restart your computer, and make sure that you have the latest software updates installed.

    Note:
    To update your Windows software, select Windows Update from the Tools menu of Internet Explorer.
    To update your Mac OS software, select Software Update from the Apple menu.

    Reinstall
    To update and reinstall your iPod software, first download the latest version of iTunes.

    Next, open the new version of iTunes and connect your iPod to your computer.
    Select your iPod in the source list and click "Check for Update" under the Summary tab. iTunes will check to see if your iPod needs to be updated and perform the update for you.

    Restore
    Note: Because Restore erases all of the songs and files on iPod, make sure to back up any files you've saved on the iPod disk. All of your songs, videos, podcasts, audiobooks, and games can be loaded back to your iPod provided that you have them stored in your iTunes Library.

    How to restore your iPod:

    For Windows:
    1. Make sure you've reinstalled the latest version of iTunes.
    2. Open iTunes, and then connect your iPod to your computer.
    3. After a few moments, it will appear in the source list in iTunes. If the iPod's display doesn't show "Connected" or "Do not disconnect" you may need to put the iPod into disk mode to proceed.
    4. Select your iPod in the source list and you will see information about it appear in the Summary tab of the main iTunes windows.
    5. Click the Restore button. You will be prompted with one or more restore options that may prompt iTunes to automatically download of the latest iPod Software. The 4 possible restore options are:
    Restore Option 1: Restore - Restores with same iPod Software version already on iPod.
    Restore Option 2: Use Same Version - Restores with same iPod Software version already on iPod even though a newer version is available.
    Restore Option 3: Use Newest Version - Restores with the latest iPod Software on your computer.
    Restore Option 4: Restore and Update - Restores with the latest iPod Software on your computer.
    6. A progress bar will appear on the computer screen indicating that the first stage of the restore process has started. When this stage is completed, iTunes will instruct you to leave iPod connected to your computer to complete restore.
    7. During the stage 2 of the restore process, the iPod will show an Apple logo as well as a progress bar at the bottom of the display. It is critical that the iPod remains connected to the computer or iPod Power adapter during this stage. Note: The progress bar may be difficult to see since the backlight on the iPod display may be off.
    8. After stage 2 of the restore process is complete and the iPod is connected to the computer, the iTunes Setup Assistant window will appear asking you to name your iPod and choose your syncing preferences similar to when you connected your iPod for the first time.

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    For Mac:
    1. Make sure you've reinstalled the latest version of iTunes.
    2. Open iTunes, and then connect your iPod to your computer.
    3. After a few moments, it will appear in the source list in iTunes. If the iPod's display doesn't show "Connected" or "Do not disconnect" you may need to put the iPod into disk mode to proceed.
    4. Select your iPod in the source list and you will see information about it appear in the Summary tab of the main iTunes windows.
    5. Click the Restore button. You will be prompted with one or more restore options that may prompt iTunes to automatically download of the latest iPod Software. The 4 possible restore options are:
    Restore Option 1: Restore - Restores with same iPod Software version already on iPod.
    Restore Option 2: Use Same Version - Restores with same iPod Software version already on iPod, even though a newer version is available.
    Restore Option 3: Use Newest Version - Restores with latest iPod Software version on your computer.
    Restore Option 4: Restore and Update - Restores with latest iPod Software version on your computer.
    6. A message will appear prompting you to enter an administrator's name and password.
    7. A progress bar will appear on the computer screen indicating that the first stage of the restore process has started. When this stage is completed, iTunes will instruct you to leave iPod connected to your computer to complete restore.
    8. During the stage 2 of the restore process, the iPod will show an Apple logo as well as a progress bar at the bottom of the display. It is critical that the iPod remains connected to the computer or iPod Power adapter during this stage. Note: The progress bar may be difficult to see since the backlight on the iPod display may be off.
    9. After stage 2 of the restore process is complete and the iPod is connected to the computer, the iTunes Setup Assistant window will appear asking you to name your iPod and choose your syncing preferences similar to when you connected your iPod for the first time.
  • 3. Re: Some songs on Ipod do not play all the way through
    Mariofer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    My brand new iPod Classic is doing the same thing. Lots of songs play for asecond or so and it skips to the next song. They play fine on my older iPod (iPod with Click Wheel)
    I tried the 5Rs several times, same thing.
  • 4. Re: Some songs on Ipod do not play all the way through
    btabz Level 7 Level 7 (26,635 points)
    Welcome to Apple Discussions!

    You might want to start your own thread so that everything related to your question can be in one thread. In the meantime, where are these songs from? CDs, iTunes Store, the Internet, etc.? What file type are they (right click and go to get info (in iTunes)?

    btabz
  • 5. Re: Some songs on Ipod do not play all the way through
    5Oclock Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    All songs were ripped from CD's using Real Player. All songs play fine in ITunes, Real Player and Windows Media Player. Also, I have ripped most back to CD in MP3 format and they play fine in a CD player. Only my IPod has a problem with them. I have tried the reset sequence and that did nothing. Putting them back into the ITunes library did not work either.
  • 6. Re: Some songs on Ipod do not play all the way through
    btabz Level 7 Level 7 (26,635 points)
    Try ripping the songs through iTunes. See if they'll work.

    You could also try converting one of the songs that won't work. Right click it and go to convert selection to AAC. See if the new version, once on your iPod, will sync. AAC is the default conversion option (unless you changed it to convert to MP3 through iTunes).

    btabz
  • 7. Re: Some songs on Ipod do not play all the way through
    joebedford Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I was having this same problem, but not with files ripped from CD. I tried the "convert to AAC" fix, and it worked! Thanks!
  • 8. Re: Some songs on Ipod do not play all the way through
    texasreddog Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yep, I have the same problem as well. I bought an 80Gb iPod Classic from amazon.com, thinking this was a great upgrade. Well, I'm not very pleased by this problem. I have about 10400 songs that I used to play just fine on my old 60Gb iPod Photo. I copied them all to this new one, and so far, I've found about 35-40 songs that play only partially. Some play for 2 seconds and skip, some play half the song, then skip.

    Yep, this is a big problem that Apple should correct. Don't bother going to the Apple store, they'll tell you, well, sorry about that. My suggestion is either buy another iPod or get you an mp3 player that will work with "your" music.

    What ***** in my case is that I've sold quite a few of my CDs, which I ripped these mp3s from, and now I have to either rebuy the CD to rerip the bad song, or try to get it from an online site for a fee. And all Apple will tell you is, sorry about the inconvenience. Maybe when our next generation of iPods come out, you won't have this problem.

    My advice is don't get rid of your CDs and/or make sure you have backups of your mp3s if you have this iPod model. There probably won't be a fix for this anytime soon, if at all. Just keep reripping and resyncing, maybe you'll get lucky
  • 9. Re: Some songs on Ipod do not play all the way through
    ah32 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I get all my music thru itunes only. I have one song only that will not play at all on my ipod yet will play on itunes on my computer. I do not know how to fix just one song???
  • 10. Re: Some songs on Ipod do not play all the way through
    gmickjr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I too have had the same problem. I just received a 160gb Ipod for my birthday and it will play part of a song and then randomly switch to another song. I have ripped all of my CD's using iTunes (AAC), and these files worked well with my previous 80gb Ipod. Some upgrade!!!!!
  • 11. Re: Some songs on Ipod do not play all the way through
    ipod confused Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    i started having this issue recently. the songs used to play perfect since december when i bought it and suddenly stopped. i wondered if it had anything to do w/ the apple updates