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Re: Player skips over some songs
MP3 files are not a totally homogeneous group. You have different bitrates, and different codecs that output MP3s, let alone all the MPCs and the likes. You should check what your player's recommended bitrate is, and try to find what is common with the MP3s it can't play. Maybe you get them from the same source.
If you rip a cd, and output it to MP3 files, my bet is that either all or none will work, there is no randomness here.
The only other option is that the files got corrupted somehow, and the player can't read them.
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Make a note of skipping tracks & check these tracks play ok on the PC - this will rule out corrupted tracks.
Skipping of entire tracks can be due to DRM copy protected tracks (purchased on-line). Some players will not play DRM tracks.
You can check for protected tracks.
In Windows Explorer, go to the folder where the tracks are stored on your PC.
Click on View -----> Details
Right click on the header bar in the right hand window and select protected. (If protected is not listed click on More)
Tracks will be listed with No or Yes under protected. Check your skipping tracks are listed as No, under protected.
If none of this helps, install and run the Philips Device Manager. Select the repair / restore option and follow the on-screen prompts. This will format the player, ruling out a corrupt file system on the player, and re-load the firmware.
I had this problem also and I think I figured it out because now my music will play. I took the songs I had from limewire, highlighted them all and clicked "save as", opened it with windows media player and on wmp I took my playlist and named it on there....first I synched the songs under "sync" and they would upload on my player but they would NOT play. I got the same stupid error message. So after they were uploaded onto my mp3 player, i dragged all of the songs onto the right side to make a sync list AGAIN and clicked start sync, all of the files said "already on device" so I kind of got mad thinking it still didn't work...when I unplugged it and tried to play the song, they ACTUALLY PLAYED. I fought with this for so long and contemplated about throwing the stupid thing down the toilet but for whatever reason, synching it in two different ways in that order, it worked and it stopped saying "error:can't open this file"...hope this works for you and anyone else having this problem because I know how frustrating this got for me. hope this helps. Good luck!!!