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  • cighh Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    my two week period was almost up - and I didnt want to be stuck with something with potential problems (assuming that a replacement was likely to have the same issue)

    if it wasnt for the buzz - I would have kept it

    what did you decide?
  • asat18 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Has anyone had two different 2nd gen nanos and had one not make the buzzing?

    Yes. I got one two weeks ago (the Friday you could first buy them in stores). I figured everyone was either oversensitive, or I'd lost my high-frequency hearing - I never noticed the issue.
    I was having a big problem playing audiobooks, so per Apple's advice, I returned that unit. I could hear the whine right away with the new unit. Really annoying. On top of that, the audiobook problem turns out to be a software bug, the new one has it, too.

    The first (non-whining) nano came with 1.0 on it, the new one had 1.02 on it, not sure if the issue's related to build date or not.
  • Energie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Think i might return it. I have the nano 1 day now and already the left earbut is broke and i didnt do anything crazy with it.

    I do hope that there is a fix for the high pitched sound comming out of the nano. Because i do like the nano as a replacement for my current mp3 player even tough the sound quality isent much beter than the iRiver.
  • AlejandroQ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    this is probably a stupid question but how exactly do you upgrade the firmware to 1.0.2 ?(granted this is my first ipod) I'm still stuck on 1.0.

    any help?
  • Ashness87 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I just got a 4GB 2nd gen. yesterday, and mine, from what I can tell, does not make a high-pitched noise. It does make a faint hissing sound when the backlight is on, but even then, I can't hear it unless my ear is right up against it and my air conditioning off, haha. Plus I live in a dorm, so nothing is ever totally silent. But anyway, my point is that mine does not appear to emit the high-pitched noise... As of yet, at least... It's the pink one if that makes any bit of difference, heh.

    EDIT: Mine did come with firmware 1.0.2.
  • seehundnz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    just to make this thread even more interesting:

    I have a nano 1. gen and mine does a faint sound as well, but only when I put it right next to my ear.... I haven't even noticed it so far until I read this thread.

    so I think that a faint noise is absolutely o.k.
    as soon as you can hear it across the room..... mhmmm I would think that you might want to exchange that unit

    anyway take care

    PowerBook G4 15" 1.67GHZ   Mac OS X (10.4.7)   512 MB RAM, ipod nano 4GB 1. gen
  • Energie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thats the high pitched sound.
  • dkwhite Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
    So you see it as natural that ALL the iPods are
    defective?! When I call apple for a new iPod, I
    expect to get the one that Steve showed us at the
    keynote, the silent one!

    Really? Steve had a silent one at the keynote? Pray
    tell, were you standing next to him or were you
    somewhere in the stands?

    Judging from this thread, it sounds as if they all
    make this noise. If you consider this noise to be a
    defect then it's natural that all the iPods are
    "defective." Do you think it's impossible for a
    defect to be systemic? It can't possibly be a fault
    in the manufacturing? C'mon...

    PC Windows XP Pro

    Pray tell, you are wrong, mine does not make this noise. However my clickwheel is mis-aligned so it seems like between all the possibilities of problems with the 2nd Gen nano, most people who own them seem to be affected one way or another (sigh).
  • dkwhite Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
    I returned my 8GB - and will revisit this in a month
    or two.
    (none of the other pods do this - why should this

    Does anyone know what produces the noise?

    It's the LCD screen actually. I went to an apple store recently and noticed that a few of them were humming. The quiet(er) ones only had the high-frequency hum up near the LCD screen. It doesn't take a genuis to figure out that whatever upgraded circuitry that is responsible for the new brightness levels is creating the high-frequency humming.

    What it comes down to is slipshod quality control at the plant in China.

    We've got Ipods with misaligned clickwheels, loose clickwheels. High frequency hums coming from the LCD screens, etc. Overall I am very disappointed with this product. Between the hardware problems and the software/firmware problems, I think Apple really dropped the ball on this and should issue an apology.

    Microsoft hasn't even screwed up this bad since the release of Windows 95. heh.

    Personally I think apple would do well to lay the smack down on whoever is responsible for these issues. Get them fixed, and then offer no hassle replacements. Seeing my misaligned clickwheel irritates the **** out of me. It may only be a 2 gig Nano, but I feel like I deserve a fully functional non-defective product for my money.

    P.S. Just because the backlight is "off" does not mean that the upgraded circuitry that controls the LCD screen turns off as well. In fact it is still running, it has to in order to control the backlight.
  • dkwhite Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
    So i'm kind of worried that it may be a major defect
    in a certain part. It sounds like an old CRT-monitor.

    Exactly my point. The harmonics issue is/has been a problem for older CRT monitors when their circuitry starts to degrade from age or due to shoddy parts.

    The circuitry that controls the LCD screens/CRT screens is KNOWN for having Harmonics issues like this when they malfunction. More than likely the problem is faulty circuitry.

    If it was a design flaw with the board, they would all do it, and they don't.
  • Ashness87 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Um, no it's not. A "faint hissing sound" is a lot different from "high-pitched whine that can be heard from another room." It's definitely not a "whine or buzz" either. I'm usually the kind of person to hear high-pitched noises as well, as I know a TV is on in another room, even if the volume is muted.
  • sjonamac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I bought an 8Gb Nano last week and it had the high pitched noise, about 8 hot pixels (wrong colour or white when viewing photos), the click wheel was a little loose and it had the white screen when releasing the hold button issue.

    Needless to say I returned it for a refund today after hoping the firmware update would resolve some issues (which it didn't) and will wait to see how these problems get resolved by Apple before investing in one again.

    My local store returned all 80 of their 8Gb Nano stock just after I bought mine. I assume they had too many complaints and will wait until they get a revised shipment from Apple (none of their other capacities seem affected).


    macbook 20" cinema    
  • ee Level 2 Level 2 (165 points)
    After reading this thread and listening to the high pitch tone my 4GB iPod nano is generating we can say every 2nd generation iPod nano is making this tone. I guess the people who don't hear the tone are just not able to hear such a high tone.

    Maybe it's the LCD (it's not the backlight cause the nano is also making a sound when it's off), maybe it's the battery...

    Replacing your iPod does not solve it. I hope Apple can fix this with a firmware update.

    Anyways, in most cases I have my headphones on and music playing when the nano is turned on so the tone doesn't bother me that much.
  • incandenza Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Either the problem is much worse on others than it is on mine, or you guys must have some amazing hearing. I can't hear anything at all on mine unless I literally press it against my ear, and even then I have to turn it on and off a few times to tell the difference. Even so, it is vastly quieter than just about any other environmental noise (desktop computer fan, TiVo, ceiling fan, air conditioning, etc.) Do you go nuts whenever you're in a room with any electronic device?

    I suggest listening to your music at a much louder volume. Pretty soon you won't be able to hear these frequencies any more
  • cmunk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    My use of simple logic it's obvious yours isn't defective?

    I've had both - Mine was extremely annoying - my replacement was quiet.

      Windows XP Pro  
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