IPod 5.5G iFlash Skipping Songs

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Schreck
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IPod 5.5G iFlash Skipping Songs

Post by Schreck »

Hi everyone,

my intention was to use an iPod 5.5G with an iFlash Quad Adapter and a couple of micro SD cards for listening to alac files. Now after syncing a couple of files, the iPod skips tracks. For example shuffle play:

- first song is being played
- second is skipped
- third is being played
- fourth is skipped

If I press rewind a couple of times, the second song is being played (after 3 or 4 times of trying).

Using a 7G iPod with the iFlash Adapter and micro SD cards works flawless.

Does anyone have experience with that? In reddit I find a thread about this mentioning the encoding of the alac files have to be variable bitrate.
https://www.reddit.com/r/ipod/comments/ ... ess_songs/
Schreck
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Re: IPod 5.5G iFlash Skipping Songs

Post by Schreck »

In the meantime I could manifest that this only happens with alac files through MediaMonkey sync. If I convert them to aac or something else, playing works just fine. And if I import the tracks in iTunes and let them be new encoded by it (through File -> Convert) and sync to the iPod after that, playing works without skipping.
Schreck
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Re: IPod 5.5G iFlash Skipping Songs

Post by Schreck »

All right, It's kind of sad that this is a little bit of monologue but I found the solution. The iPod skipps tracks because the ITUNNORM tag is not been set on the converted tracks. Somehow, the iPod needs this.

How did I come to this conclusion:
- At first I converted the tracks in iTunes as mentioned in the first post and after that no skipping of songs occured
- After a couple of misleading tries with ffmpeg I found the extra tag ITUNNORM
- I created that tags using MP3TAG with an action found here https://community.mp3tag.de/t/convert-r ... es/8069/30. MP3TAG is able to calculate the ITUNNORM tag by using the album gain information.
- After syncing a couple of tracks with MM5, the tag is gone, and the iPod is skipping songs (as expected)
- I recreated the tags for the converted tracks using MP3TAG directly on the iPod itself
- no skipping anymore

I will try this with my whole library (~5000 songs), so this might take a while.

After that, what would be the best approach? Is this a bug or a feature request? Maybe this can be answered by someone.
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Re: IPod 5.5G iFlash Skipping Songs

Post by Peke »

Hi,
Can you please open Support Ticket and supply us dL links for two versions of same file eg. one that do not skip and same one that skips?

We would like to compare both files and see what is going on.
Best regards,
Peke
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Schreck
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Re: IPod 5.5G iFlash Skipping Songs

Post by Schreck »

Thanks for your reply - I will.
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