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Headphones not playing in iPod

I've had my iPod nano for 3 years now, and I recently passed it on to my sister, it just sat there and collected dust, but now that we've started using it, the left headphones/ear buds ect. won't play. It isn't the headphones itself because we've bought countless headphones, we think its the iPod itself, but what? and where can we get it fixed?

Randomly one day the right side of my headphones didnt work, so I didnt think much of it, I figured it was the headphones. I found an older pair of earbuds that I knew to be working, and they didnt work either. Today I went out to best buy n shelled out 25$ for a brand new pair of headphones. These dont work either. So im pretty sure that this is an ipod issue and not a headphone one

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  • Anthony4641 Apr 22, 2008

    same thing only one side works randomly how do i get the case open and if so how do i fix it?

  • Grizzban Jun 22, 2008

    Only one side of the headphones will play. Tried other headphones and they didnt work so i know its the pod. It didnt start like this though. It got worse and worse. One day one side wouldnt play so i moved the headphone jack around and in certain areas it played both sides. WTF?

  • Chris Martin
    Chris Martin Aug 12, 2008

    i have a similar problem but not exactly the same. I have an ipod video and recently the audio stopped working. the weird thing is that the click sound from the wheel still comes through the headphones but no music. then 1 day the music was working again, then 10 minutes later it wasn't working again, but all the while the click audio still works, just no music. so I left it sitting on my table playing (with no audio) and then 1/2 hour later i noticed sound coming from the headphones, so I put them on and the audio had started again all by itself. then stopped again a few minutes later.

  • smoniquexx Sep 02, 2008

    yea the same thing happened to my ipod. i was listening to it before work and it as working fine. whenn i went to listen to it during break only one side worked. i thought it was the headphones until i realized it was the ipod itself. than i kinda pushed the end of the head phone towards the back of the socket and it played both sides. i need to fix it asap
    where do i go to fix it



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With my Ipod it isnt the headphone jack. I have a radio tuner for my ipod and the radio will play sound but the music still has no sound. the videos are silent too. This makes me think it's a software problem. Also, when I turn it up super loud, I can hear the speakers hum, that means it isnt the connection on the ipod, its some sort of software issue. Im going to see if I can "reinstall" my ipod.

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This is either cause by a damaged headphone socket in the iPod or a loose connection. The only way to solve it will involve opening the iPod case and inspecting the daughter board that the headphone socket is on.

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headphone jack needs to be resoldered.

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This is likely an issue with a loose connection in the jack in your player. If it is still under warranty, then you should be able to get it repaired or replaced using your warranty. If it is not, and you are not VERY mechanically inclined ... you can take it to a professional to get it repaired ... but depending on the cost of the unit, you might just be better off buying a new one than paying to have it fixed. If you ARE very mechanically inclined, and the unit is no longer covered under warranty, you can check the jack's connections and fix the loose one (if one is loose) or try replacing the jack inside the MP3 player ... but this is not as easy as it sounds due to the small size of the circuit boards and their sensitivity to heat (you will probably have to use a soldering iron, which can easily overheat a circuit board if you are not REALLY good with it).
If paying to have the unit repaired is not going to be worth the cost, and your unit is no longer under warranty (so it doesn't matter if you break the player, considering that your only other option is to buy a new one anyway) then give the repair a shot yourself -- the only thing you have to loose is a broken MP3 player. Open the unit up and find the headphone jack. Use a voltmeter to check the connections from the jack to the circuit board -- if those connections are good, then you have a bad jack. Go to Radio Shack (or somewhere similar) and get a new jack that is exactly the same as the one that you have in your unit. Use a soldering iron to loosen the connections from the circuit board to the jack (to avoid overheating the board, only touch the soldering iron to the soldered joint for a second or two at a time until the solder holding the jack in place JUST melts enough to pull the connection apart. Then, after giving the unit a while to cool, install the new jack with the same technique. Hopefully, you can get the new jack installed without harming the other circuitry, and you should be good to go. If anything goes wrong, the unit will probably not function again ... so make sure that (unless you are used to doing this type of work) this is your LAST option before buying a new MP3 player. Of course ... if it works, you will have every reason to be proud of yourself for being able to do it (and you will have confirmed your skill with a soldering iron). Good luck!

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