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sounds like the typical ipod and ipod touch common situation. It seems to be the dreaded headphone jack on the bottom or top of the device has gone belly up. You can either take it to your local apple store or look online and search your problem and see if anyone else has the same issues you have and see what can be done.You can send it to ipodsquad.com to get repairs or check your local apple store.
The headphone jack module needs to be replaced you can try to do it yourself if you're tech savy, There are specialized online tutorials with iPod Repair instructions that will guide you through the steps of taking it otherwise you'll have to send it to any third party iPod repair service and they'll do it for you.
Have you checked the headphones with another player to ensure that it is the headphones and not the iPod's headphone jack? If not I would greatly recommend doing so. If it is headphone jack on the iPod, this can be replaced rather simply. You can go to:
http://www.rapidrepair.com/shop/1626-headphone-jack-ipod-video.html to view the price of the part and decide if it is worth repairing to you. On the same site you can view a free guide on how to remove the damaged part(s) but also I posted a direct URL below. Simply copy and paste into your web browser's address bar. http://www.rapidrepair.com/guides/Video/videodisassemblyguide.htm
That has happened to me before, what happened was where you input the earphone jack was broken, no matter how many different headphones i tried none worked. Now I understand this doesn't help, but it might save a lot of time. Although one short short term thing i did find out though, is that if you push the headphone jack to the side, sometimes you will receive a little sound.
Does your iPod come on? If not, your battery could be bad.
If you can see the music playing, but cannot hear anything, you could have a bad earphone jack or a bad circuit board.
You can tell if it is the battery the iPod will not come on at all unless it is attached to the computer or to a power outlet.
If you can move the earphone jack around while playing music and hear something, then it is the headphone jack. If you move the jack around and hear nothing, then I would suspect the circuit board.
If you have a device that can play your music out of the USB port on the iPod, you can make sure that it is the circuit board that way. When the circuit board is bad, music will not play out of the headphone jack or the USB port. Hope that helps.
If you've tried several different pairs of headphones and have encountered the same problem with every pair, you could possibly be looking at a defective headphone jack. In some cases when headphones are unable to make a secure connection within the jack, they may only receive an audio signal through one of the two speakers.
Unfortunately, this means that you may want to seek repairs on your iPod at this time. If you are still covered under the manufacturer's warranty, I would strongly suggest contacting Apple first for more information or further assistance. Many manufacturers may be able to provide faster solutions than third-party service facilities for problems with their products, but remember that it may be necessary to ship your iPod out for repairs.
Additionally, please keep in mind that you may always bring your iPod to your local Best Buy™ store for service. Geek Squad® agents are able to provide support for most products we sell, and can even honor existing factory warranties for products that were purchased through other retailers.