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jpozuk Level 1 (50 points)

Haven't been following for a while.  Too busy with iPad issues.  Has any thing new come op random skips in middle of songs to next track?  Or should I give into my desire to see how high it will bounce when tossed from my condo balcony?


Have already tried resets, deleting songs, etc.  no need to rehash issues already posted in other threads.

HP, Windows XP
  • CaliforniaHighwaysGuy Level 2 (270 points)

    The usual reason I've seen for this is a disk that is starting to fail. Take a look at my collected iPod information post (where I keep track of interesting posts and stuff). In there you'll find a reference on how to do disk diagnostics. Run those and see if they are indicative of a failing hard disk.

  • jpozuk Level 1 (50 points)



    Don't want to rehash other threads, but....had iPod that was skipping, so called genius, told me I had an apple virus.  Gave me a new iPod (under warranty), skipped almost immediately.  In my estimation either a hardware design fault or software.  Just wondering if apple had offered any fixes.

  • CaliforniaHighwaysGuy Level 2 (270 points)

    An Apple virus? That's the first time I've heard that iPod Classics are susceptible to virii. I'll have to do some web searching on that when I get home.

  • jpozuk Level 1 (50 points)

    Don't waste your time.  That was his attempt at not having to say I have no damm idea, but I am supposed to be a genius so I can't say that.

  • CaliforniaHighwaysGuy Level 2 (270 points)

    The few times I've seen skipping mentioned here, it has either been a failing disk (or sometimes, I seem to recall, very low battery).

  • jpozuk Level 1 (50 points)

    Here is a link to another much older thread:


    I am surprised you said "few" as this thread seems quite active.  Not sure I understand all the correct protocols.  Is posting such links acceptable?

  • jpozuk Level 1 (50 points)

    P.S.  Other than the protocol question, perhaps this thread should be closed and merged to the other?

  • CaliforniaHighwaysGuy Level 2 (270 points)

    I have no idea how to close and mirror threads -- I'm just an iPod user, like you. I've been following this discussion group because I've been wary of iTunes 10.5, and have learned a lot.


    I took a look at the thread you indicated. I tend to use Occam's razor on these things: the simplest answer is often the correct one. If there was a major design flaw, Apple wouldn't have sold so many classics. Therefore, whatever this problem is, it is likely at the noise level in terms of overall sales (like, say, the Toyota acceleration problems :-)). That doesn't mean it doesn't exist, mind you.


    Now, I will share one idea that occurred to me. I'm a stickler for getting songs to play right on my iPod. I've had a few times where a song would act up, yet play perfectly find in iTunes. When that happened, I hypothesized that the problem was the codec (decoder) used on the iPod. Often I've been able to take the song and convert it to mp3 or aac (i.e., the opposite of what it was), redownload it to the iPod, and it plays fine. So my theory might be that there's something common in this music that is triggering a bug in the iPod classic software. This likely wouldn't show up on the iOS devices, because they are running different software. Will Apple fix it? I doubt it--I don't think we're going to see any updates to the Classic software... the classic line will limp along until they get a large storage iOS device.


    That's about all I can suggest. I, too, don't want my Classic to fail. I have nearly 28,000 songs on it.

  • jpozuk Level 1 (50 points)

    Thanks.  Problem appears/disappears randomly, do not sure is specific song.  Time for a goggle on occams razor.  Thanks again.

  • Bilbo_cheshire Level 4 (1,780 points)

    The temporary fix for skipping songs is to do a iPod Reset

    Press Menu and Center button simultaneously for about 10 secs, till the Apple logo comes ON. then release the buttons

    Select your prefered language.

    But sometimes this doesn't work as the skipping comes back, when your cache is full.


    The new Classic firmware 1.1 or later, has issues with playing Joint Stereo encoded files.

    You can verify that your problem files are encoded as Joint Stereo by looking at the properties or Get Info on the problem songs.

    Most people just use 3rd party app, MP3 validator, to correct the problem, but if you are using AAC,  re-convert them as regular Stereo. use iTunes converter AAC->MP3->AAC.


    Good luck!

  • tyrell456 Level 1 (0 points)

    I was having the exact same issue, and after browsing through Google and these forums, I found the answer. Download mp3Validator, and run it on your entire library. It looks like hte iPod classic's firmware is really picky specifically about MPEG file headers, and refuses to play songs with problems there. iTunes and other iPods will play the songs just fine, but for some reason the classic won't. If you run mp3Validator on them, it will catch these problems and fix them. I've been having this problem for about 6 months now, and 5 minutes with this program completely fixed it.

  • jpozuk Level 1 (50 points)

    I could see perhaps this would affect mp3's I downloaded, but would it also affect mp3's created by itunes from original CD?  Also would problem randomly appear/disappear if bad mp3?


    In any even mp3validator worth a shot.  Any suggestion on where to download from?  Google shows MANY download sites, concerned about viruses.  Thanks!

  • jpozuk Level 1 (50 points)

    One other question.  I used out of the box setting for itunes so most of my music is m4a.  Will mp3 validator be of help in this case?

  • Bilbo_cheshire Level 4 (1,780 points)

    You can get the MP3 Val from or softpedia (which guarantee no virus, malware etc)

    The original MP3 Validator, MP3 Val, only handle mp3 files tag header, so it does not handle m4a, which has different data in their tag header.

    Have a nice day!

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