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Annoying iPod problem with podcasts

by Slikkster / March 29, 2008 12:10 AM PDT

I've seen this issue come up elsewhere on the net. Just wondering if it happens to people here, too.

I use Itunes (latest iteration) to download BOL and drag onto my connected Ipod (inside iTunes). All's well and fine. I don't have it set for Sync mode...I just like manually adding what I want.

However, almost every day I do this, I have to reset the iPod in order for them to play correctly. Here's how it manifests: I do the above steps. Then, "eject" my iPod in iTunes via the menu. I wait for the eject process to complete. I take my iPod with me on my commute. I turn it on, go to the Podcast menu, find Buzz Out Loud (or whatever other podcast; this isn't limited to BOL). I use the thumbwheel to get to the episode I want. Press Play on the wheel. That's where it hangs. A small bit of the display is loaded from the right side -- in other words I see a very small bit of the cNET logo try to slide in, but then it stops and locks up. I have to manually reboot the iPod to get it back to working order. Once reset/rebooted, the podcasts play fine.

This has now happened on three different iPods that I've owned, so it's not exclusive to one particular unit.

What's the deal? Do I need to actually "sync" the darn thing to get this to work without issue?

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Sync doesn't help
by mattlp / March 29, 2008 12:36 AM PDT

I've had the same problem for a long time. I have a 2nd gen iPod Nano and I DO sync it almost nightly so I can get the latest podcasts. My iPod hangs up the same way. I was hoping it was fixed with the 3rd gen. Have you experienced the problem w/ the new iPod Nano?

The problem doesn't happen every time I sync -- probably 80% - 90% of the time. I have not figured out anything special thing that I do that 10% to 20% of the time it doesn't hang. I always use the same process, including ejecting the iPod. I haven't noticed a pattern whether or not I leave the iPod attached to recharge.

Once or twice I've tried to start listening to a podcast right after syncing. The iPod didn't hang. I then pause it and play it the next morning. I haven't tested to see if that's a reliable work around or just part of the 10% to 20% of the time it doesn't hang. I really don't want to start a podcast and then pause after every time I sync.

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My Nano is 2nd Gen...
by Slikkster / March 29, 2008 1:10 AM PDT
In reply to: Sync doesn't help

Thanks for responding. I did read other reports that the workaround you mention --playing for a couple of seconds after dragging/syncing--might alleviate the condition. But as you said, it's something that shouldn't need to be done.

You'd think that the industry leader would have this worked out by now.

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have you tried hard resetting?
by robstak / March 29, 2008 3:09 AM PDT

when you are talking about rebooting are you doing this?

(from appledocs)
1. Toggle the Hold switch on and off. (Slide it to Hold, then turn it off again.)

2. Press and hold the Menu and Center (Select) buttons simultaneously until the Apple logo appears, about 6 to 8 seconds. You may need to repeat this step.

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Yes, that's the procedure
by Slikkster / March 29, 2008 6:55 AM PDT

And it has to be done every day. Keep in mind this is the third iPod with this issue, all Gen 2 Nanos.

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Same problem here...
by paintguru / March 29, 2008 8:28 AM PDT

...very annoying. I refuse to find a "work around" for something that should not be a problem.

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