7 Replies Latest reply: Sep 17, 2006 7:57 PM by Michael Morgan1
guyleatherman Level 1 (0 points)
I just bought a new iPod Shuffle. I have iTunes 7.0. I cannot download, or sync, or Autofill, or drag certain songs to the shuffle. I get error messages like: "Some songs cannot be copied to the device because 'the song' cannot be played on that device". So far all these songs are *.aif files. I tried converting it to AIFF but that didnt work either.

I have a regular 20G IPOD and I was able to download these songs to it. Someone please help!!!!

dell, Windows XP
  • Niel Level 10 (298,501 points)
    You cannot transfer AIFF songs to the iPod shuffle directly, presumably because the large file format would cause the iPod shuffle to hold very few songs(~20 maximum); the songs need to be converted to a smaller format first.

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  • guyleatherman Level 1 (0 points)
    Niel - Where is this option? I cannot find it.

    Guy
  • Niel Level 10 (298,501 points)
    See this article for information on locating that option. The iPod shuffle may need to be connected to the computer to do this.

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  • guyleatherman Level 1 (0 points)
    Niel:

    The article that you directed me to is relevent to IPODs except for IPOD Shuffle. I cannot find the settings that it is recommending me to change. Please read the article. Do you have any other suggestions.

    Guy
  • Michael Morgan1 Level 7 (23,830 points)
    AIFF is not one of the audio formats supported for the Shuffle. See p. 13 of your iPod Shuffle User's Guide.

    That same general section of the Guide will explain what you can do with you .aif files and how you can do it.
  • guyleatherman Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you very much Michael. I see that in the users guide. I am dumbfounded!! AIFF is an Apple fomatted file!! How is it that an Apple device (iPod Shuffle) doesn't support its own file formats!??! OMG!! Somebody please tell me I am not crazy.

    I fixed the problem by ripping the song as an MP3 file. Apparently this Apple device supports MP3 files, but not their own AIFF propietary file formats!

    Guy
  • Michael Morgan1 Level 7 (23,830 points)
    Someone else once advised that this was due to the grossly large size of the files themselves. The expectation at Apple, evidently, was that there wasn't a huge market out there for a $120 player which would only hold 20 songs.

    Sounds good going by me. The larger iPods support it, of course and, fwiw, it also looks as though the new (2G) iPod Shuffle does also.