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Ipod nano not playing songs, and dying

I have had 4 of these ipods, all because they keep breaking. i keep trading broken ones in again. i don't know why. all the broken ipods exhibit the same "symptoms." they stop playing songs and videos, but you can still maneuver around the screens, using the buttons and wheel. none of the games are playable, and, if the ipod is reset (a difficult task with this kind), it dies. black screen, no responses, no revival. is it me, or a faulty product? what do i do?

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  • andrebaruch Dec 11, 2007

    Same problem as described. Tried resetting it (Via the menu) to factory settings to no avail

  • buttons4eyes Dec 23, 2007

    Same here, but when i connect my ipod to my computer then i pull back out the album picture apears for about 10 secs

  • RockandRoll Dec 26, 2007

    I had mine for a day then it just went dead... Black screen, wouldnt turn on, i even plugged it into the computer and it wouldnt register it :S

  • RoXie5526 Dec 28, 2007

    I got mine on christmas day. My first ipod and I was so excited. I spent several hours uploading my songs onto iTunes and I listened to it for a while. the battery is not dead but I can manouver the screens.



    I tried resetting it. But so far it hasn't worked... I also tried recharging it on the computer but to no avail. Finally i tried to re-sync the songs... but even new ones I've purchased don't play!!!

  • phatfonx Dec 28, 2007

    I got my 8gb iPod Nano this Christmas. I used it the 1st and 2nd day then it froze up on the 3rd day and none of the buttons were responding. When the battery finally died out I turned it back on and charged it for 3-4hrs. It worked fine after that but then I turned it off for a while and when I turned it back on again, it would not play any songs. The buttons are functioning well but it's just not playing any songs.

    It seems this problem is very common with these third generation iPod Nano.

  • bubblees123 Dec 30, 2007

    every time i try to play a song on my ipod is goes to the screen and right when it gets ready to play nothing plays i tryed to reset it but it didnt work

  • Anonymous Jan 06, 2008

    I just got the new iPod nano 3rd generation and it was working fine at first. But now its not working right. The songs won't play and I can't play any games either. This happened before but as soon as I charged it, it worked right again. But now it is fully charged and it's not working! Anybody know why?

  • Crippy Jan 08, 2008

    I've been having the same exact problem! I got my 8GB nano christmas, and then while I had it hooked up to my computer it died; black screen, then white, then it wouldn't respond at all. I returned it for another one, and I was super careful with it, then while when it was hooked up to my friends car, I was flipping through the songs, picked one...and then it wouldn't play. It was stuck on 0.00 time, and it was like that for every song! Also, none of the games work, I get "Unknown Error". I'm starting to think this 3rd generation is faulty...=[

  • petebull9 Jan 10, 2008

    i can't seem to download any file on my ipod nano video using itunes

  • Anonymous Jan 10, 2008

    Songs work fine on pc and previous versions op ipod's but on nano it just stands still on 0:00!

  • Anonymous Jan 11, 2008

    Mine was working great (I got it for Christmas as well), but all of a sudden the games quit working. I'm restoring it to see if that will help....

  • rox4god Jan 22, 2008

    My iPod 3rd gen. was working fine then I turned it off and it wouldnt come back on I toggled it and everything and it just wont work. The worst part is that it actually my sister's.

  • Dianewebb Jan 26, 2008

    I have this exact same problem...was working fine one minute then died an d all i can do is manouvre round the screens and the songs and videos wont play they stay on 00:00 does this mean this fault cannot be fixed???

  • Lissia13 Jan 28, 2008

    Yerr ,

    Mine , When I Played The Song i Wanted It Just Stayed On 00.00 And I tryed Re-settingg It And Also Sync-ing It Aswell And It Doesnt Work.

    PLEASE HELP ME .!

    I Only Got It For Christmas Dont Know What To do

    HELP! (:

  • Anonymous Feb 07, 2008

    I have the same problem that just happened today! It was playing one minute and the next it stopped and when I tried to play a song it just said 0.00 and I could only navigate around the screens.

    HELP!

  • Scook Feb 07, 2008

    i have the same exact problem. i got it for christmas and now its doing the 0.00 thing! i didnt get the insurance could i still go to apple and have them help me or fix it?

  • Anonymous Feb 08, 2008

    iPod nano suddenly stopped playing song and none of the games is working. it shows error. please suggest... there is no breakage or anything of the sort.

  • Anonymous Feb 19, 2008

    my ipod nano show all the songs but they dont play and when i press something the little apple comes out on the screen

  • Anonymous Feb 22, 2008

    MY IPOD SOGS WAT PLAY WHEN I CLICK ON THE SONG THE BLUE STRIP DONT MOVE OR SHOW

  • swedea Feb 25, 2008

    A new nano just stopped playing less than after a week - all the album covers had static pic and the ipod would not play any songs; also cannot play the games - gives an unknown error message

  • gilin Feb 27, 2008

    my ipod is not playing songs i think it hanged up. what should i do??

  • Ramitha Mar 06, 2008

    hey my IPOD has the same problem. i can go through the screenc and menus but i cannot play a song, video, game, and i cant shuffle the songs. this is my first IPOD and its the third day after buying it. what should do?

  • ajayraj Mar 07, 2008

    i have had 4 of these ipods, all because they keep breaking. i keep trading broken ones in again. i don't know why. all the broken ipods exhibit the same "symptoms." they stop playing songs and videos, but you can still maneuver around the screens, using the buttons and wheel. none of the games are playable, and, if the ipod is reset (a difficult task with this kind), it dies. black screen, no responses, no revival. is it me, or a faulty product? what do i do?

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2008

    My ipod nano is not playing songs

  • markstr Mar 23, 2008

    i can still see the songs on the ipod but when i go to push the center button to play the songs they dont play

  • Anonymous May 07, 2008

    boot my ipod it wont start up

  • Anonymous May 09, 2008

    I turned it off while watching a video. When I went to turn it on, I could hear it clicking but the screen was dark. I turned it off again. It has not turned back on and will not detect by iTunes. It is only a few months old and protected by outer shell and handled very well. Dropped to carpet only once 2 months ago with no damage.

  • ticia May 19, 2008

    well...



    today i returned from school and on my way home,

    turned on my ipod but nothing happened. It only had BLACK

    screen which is a problem i have never experienced.

    what do i do?!!

  • help-needd May 21, 2008

    my ipod nano third generation 4GB first was a black screen and didnt do anything an then i accindently dropped it and it work. A couple of days later i connected it to my dock station and then it stopped working and it was fully charged it just stayed stuck on the same screen.help!

  • rome315 May 26, 2008

    it won't play songs or videos but i am able to navigate through the ipod

  • Anonymous Jul 03, 2008

    HOW COME MY IPOD SHOWS THE SONGS BUT THEY DONT PLAY?

  • Brineedshelp Jul 03, 2008

    my nano 3rd Gen is 63 days old... At school Yesterday it was going flashing on and off, going black, dying and it wouldnt turn on for very long, even thought the battery was 100% full.. I went to charge it, but itunes didnt detect it. So now my 8 gig ipod wont work. I think its the screen as i have tried to reboot it. The screen is black. any ideas? email me @ brianab95@hotmail.com..... i wanna fix it, i love it heaps



    Should i send it back to Apple. Its Still Under Warranty

    If so, can i request that i be sent a new one or have it fixed..

    PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • mathewyost Jul 05, 2008

    i can move through everthing on my ipod, but when i get to the song it just stays a 0 seconds and doesnt play

  • tornadogirl Jul 14, 2008

    This all happened yesterday.I went to the screen and when I went to cover flow, I clicked an album I clicked a song to play, all of a sudden, it went back to cover flow and it didn't play the song, not even any song at all. The albums on the cover flow the picture is all blurry. What should I do to fix it?

  • Anonymous Dec 05, 2008


    i can move through everthing on my ipod, but when i get to the song it just stays a 0 seconds and doesnt play




  • skagoddess83 Jan 04, 2009

    When I go to play a dame in my ipod it says that "this game cannot be launched" I am only using 5 gb total of my ipod so it is not too full. How can I get the ipod to play the games?

  • Anonymous Mar 06, 2009

    i have not use my ipod nano for a while. Then yesterday when i tried to use it, it will not turn out, so i thought it run out of battery, so i was charging it. then it says it was in disc mode and do not disconnect. So i followed people's advise to reset it but it will not reset it. Now the apple logo screen comes and then the website to www.apple.com/support will come on.
    can anyone tell me why it does this? how do i fix my problem
    thanks.

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2009

    I had the same problem with the songs not wanting to play. I performed the quick fix and now it works! Thanks!!!
    I believe my deal was caused by a corrupt file (movie) that was giving my computer problems as well. If a bad file gives your computer problems, it'll transfer to your ipod as well.

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2009

    THANKS !!!! YOUE A GENIUS.

  • jensysawyer Apr 02, 2009

    Diam. You are a little legend Baby! I was having the same problems and was really annoyed as I had just splashed out on some speaker! Thanks for sharing!!

    xx

  • Anonymous Apr 04, 2009

    Thank you. Was at the gas station and suddenly just froze up on this song. Your solution is madness. Makes me want a different MP3 player,haha.

  • Anonymous Apr 30, 2009

    thanks for the 10" thing, it worked great, thought this one was done for too. thanks again!

  • ipodguru May 11, 2010

    I was given this ipod nano secong gen. and it was washed and the buttons and screen aren't working klike at all. What can i do to fix it?

  • rox4god May 11, 2010

    I tried to reset it and it still didnt work.

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SOLUTION!!!

I also had the same problem with my ipod nano..

Do this and i assure you, it will work..

1. Hold the MENU button and then the middle button down(in that order) together for about 10 seconds..

2. This should re-boot your ipod..

3. Wait for your ipod to start..

4. Problem fixed. It plays..

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    Thank you so much!! This worked immediately!

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What you what to do is press the menu button and the middle select button together for about 10 sec. this will reset you ipod and ya problem solved

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Thank You Ever So Much Dyme-Piece ! You are A Hero
Any -One Who Has Any Thing Wrong
Use It
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I was having the same exact problems, wouldn't play any songs all of the suddend and none of the games worked. I tried resetting it a few times but nothing for a minute or too after...then I got the apple screen, it reset and all of the sudden it started working again, game and all!

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OMG!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU!!! THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!

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Thank you SO MUCH!!!!!! :)

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THanks a million. This also works on the 80G Classic also!

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Thanks :)

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THANK YOU !!!! I WAS SO WORRIED THAT IT WAS A GONNER ! I'VE HAD MY NANO 3RD GEN. SINCE CHRISTMAS ! IT HAS BEEN A GOOD ONE EVEN DROPPED IN THE TUB A COUPLE OF TIMES . JUST LET IT DRY OUT FOR A FEW DAYS BEFORE USING IT AND IT WORKED JUST FINE . I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY IT CRASHED THIS TIME WAS USING IT JUST FINE THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN IT JUST STOPPED ! BUT I'M VERY HAPPY I WORKS NOW SO THANK YOU !

Posted on Sep 12, 2008

Thanks so much
Desperately wanted my ipod to use at the gym and the evil thing wouldnt work.

All back to normal now

Thanks guys

Posted on Jul 06, 2008

Cheers for that, fixed my nano straight away. : D

Posted on Jun 19, 2008

Try reconnecting it to the pc so it can synchronize. I did this w/o having to reset it and the Apple sign appeared and everything worked again. Too bad I couldn't use it when I really needed it!

Posted on May 02, 2008

What Dyme-Piece said worked, thanx sooo much! But there is one downside to it, I did it to my iPod and I have a feeling that you shouldn't do this everything unless you're in a desperate stituation, becuz it's like registry cleaning your computer, it works but the less you could use it the less you should. Still, a VERY good solution

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Hi dyme piece...i too am having the same problem....i didnt get u...could u be more precise as to how the songs can be played..plss

Posted on Mar 18, 2008

You guys are the best.. it fixed my nano.. thanks a bunch.. muahh.

Posted on Jan 23, 2008

Thank you so much. I thought mine was broke - just got it yesterday. You guys are the best.

John Mc.

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