iPod playback problems

I have recorded a number of vinyl albums 200 plus tracks exported tracks as aiff files into iTunes. Having update on to my iPod when playing back the aiff track are sending the iPod a bit mad locking up skipping etc. I have read this happen having been on this forum. My question is. Is there away of converting the all the track from hard drive to playable files on the iPod. I’ve tried converting to mp3 acc mp4 within iTunes but the track still skip, lock and blow the mind of the iPod.
Do I have to re edit all of the track back into audacity and export as wav files??
An easy convertion stable when on the iPod Classic ? ? Help please.

Please see the pink panel at the top of this page. Make sure at Audacity > About Audacity that you have at least Audacity 2.0.4, preferably 2.0.5. Those versions fix a problem where older iPods refused or did not properly play some AIFF files exported by Audacity.

That said, if compressed formats like MP3 and MP4 have the same problem. the issue is something else.

What is the model number of the iPod - is it old? See http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1353 .

Two possible causes of what you are reporting could be that you are running the iPod on battery (connect the USB cable) or you have metadata in the files (don’t add metadata when you export).

Also see:
https://discussions.apple.com/thread/1713172?start=240&tstart=0 .


Thank you Gale
The version of audacity used was 2.0.3 and the mac OSX version 10.8.5
If I get a later version of audacity are you suggesting I won’t have the problems with the iPod
Oh the iPod is a classic 160GB
And is there a easy way with of 200 tracks in aiff in previous version of exporting in the Verizon 2.0.5 audacity?

I suggest you upgrade to the latest 2.0.5 anyway for all the fixes and feature improvements over 2.0.3.

The specific issue addressed in 2.0.4 fixed old iPods skipping over AIFF files whose Audacity-created metadata tags had an uneven number of characters.

If the issue is something else you will have to try the suggestions in the links in my last post, if you have not already done that.

It’s old then. Do you have the latest software update from Apple ?

Are you saying you have 200 tracks open in 2.0.3?

You can use File > Export Multiple… to export multiple Audacity tracks in one go.

You could also save a project (File > Save Project…) .


Thanks Gale
No i have recorded and pervoiusly exported multiable and single exports into itunes. is there a way of loading the aiff files back into Audacity 2.0.5 or another progarm to convert to a lesser file format that won’t skip etc when on the ipod classic (lasts sofeware apple updated)?

There are size-compressed formats that are much smaller than WAV or AIFF, but you lose some quality. You could try installing FFmpeg ( http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/faq_installation_and_plug_ins.html#macff ) then export as M4A (AAC) files. This is a size-compressed format made by Apple so it may suit the iPod better, depending what the problem is.

If the quality of the exported M4A files is a bit lower than you like, click the “Options…” button when you export and increase the quality. This will increase the file size a little.

You can read the links I gave to read about possible solutions to skipping problems. Sometimes using the USB cable instead of running iPod on battery solves the problem.