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Ipod head phone jack no good

I only hear music from one side

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  • Anonymous Mar 11, 2008

    Yeah, right headphone just stopped working, but if you fiddle round a bit you can get sound with both headphones. A *bit* annoying though.

  • Anonymous Sep 19, 2008

    my apple ipod VIdeo 30GB bought in U.S.A. 18 month late, has problems with headphone jack: it not works well, and i hear music only in the LEFT. If i put the headset jack a little bit in center-direction, it works well.
    I'll fit a new flat cable set (jack + holdbutton).



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I agree with Solution 5. The copper pins in the jack that make the connection to your headphone plug are bent in such a way that they are springy and will make a good tight connection to the plug. When those copper connections get worn, they are not so springy and they bend inward causing you to lose audio on one side of your headphones unless you wiggle the plug and find that sweet spot that makes a connection. Then you have to hold the wire to keep pressure on it... it gets annoying.

You can open the case and there are slots in the headphone jack that you can get a hook scribe (like the dentists use) or safety pin to bent those copper connections back out. Don't bend them too far or they will break. You can also pick get a new part for $25 or a used part much cheaper. Once you iPod is open, it's a matter of a couple screws and a ribbon cable to replace the jack. Problem solved!

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1. Just like cassette heads, camcorder record-play heads, and VCR heads require cleaning after hours of use, so do the mp3 speaker jacks because electric static builds up on them.1. You can cut the fat parts of the cotton on each end of a q tip and wet it with rubbing alcohol. Then dip it inside the earphone jack and clean the sides up and down slowly. Be careful that no cotton stays inside the speaker jack otherwise you will have a new problem to deal with.
2. In addition, with a small piece of sand paper, gently (and I mean gently) rub around the pin (of the headphones) that you insert inside the speaker jack. Then, clean it with rubbing alcohol and let it dry about a minute to make sure the mp3 speaker jack and earphone pin jack are both dry. Once you insert it, your sound should return to normal with both sides sounding nicely.

I had the same problem with my mp3. I tried about 4 different headphones and I could only hear one side or press very hard to hear both sides. After doing 1 and 2 above, kaboom, the head phones work nicely and I am now enjoying my music. Hope it works for all you. The above applies to any other audio equipment where you plug your headphone speakers into and the headphone jacks themselves.
Magda73, Feb 13, 2011 , San Francisco, CA

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I know everyone says "don't take apart your iPod get a professional to do it blah blah blah." Honestly, it's friggin easy to take apart and replacing the headphone jack is no problem. So just buy a new headphone jack online (ebay or something) and replace it yourself if u feel comfortable. Moving around your headphones and holding them in the jack with your finger will only work for so long before it gets annoying.
P.S. i hate how ipods or so damn expensive and break so easily, but of course everyone buys them anyway, myself included. -sigh- 

Posted on Jun 18, 2008

I have the same problem, I bought new headphones but it still didnt work so i just dont put the jack in all the way and I can hear out of both headphones now

Posted on Feb 28, 2008

Ok this is what you can do 1. take a flash lite and look down into the jak u will see that one side is fine but the other isnt u could take a pin and go to the botom row and try to pop out one of the metal pieces.( i must warn you dont push too hard and before you do anything clean it out first.<searc on youtube>. or you could take apart the ipod wich i did im only 14 but there are many "computer people" at my school that told me to do that.

p.s dont use aluminum foil

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Sorry, but the previous statement isn't correct. I have had the same problem twice. Thee first time, they just gave me a new iPod because it was still under warranty, but the second they told me what i was doing, but it was out of warranty. What happens is that your wrapping your headphones around your iPod. That pulls at the one side of the audio jack, and, over time, will somewhat destroy that side.  There are three things you can do. 1.) Get a new iPod, which you probably don't want to do. 2.) You can get a new headphone jack which run at about $30. 3.) (I figured this out, but its not really a solution) If you push the part of the headphone that connects into the iPod in a certain direction, you will get audio in both ears, but you have to push a tad bit hard, and you have to keep pushing hard, otherwise it stops working. And your finger gets really tired. I suggest just getting a new headphone jack, and having either an apple expert fix it, or get a dear friend who knows what they are doing. DO NOT try and do it yourself from online instructions. Taking apart the stuff and putting the new jack is not too difficult, but resembling it, it never turns out right. 

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Know problem, headphone needs to be resoldered.

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you have a bad head phone jack

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