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Headphone jack I suddenly lost sound to the left channel to any and all headphones I plug in. Right channel works fine, and everything is otherwise normal. I tried resetting, etc. so assume it is a problem with the jack itself. Is this a fixable problem in the first gen shuffle, or should I shed a tear and just toss my faithful (lightly customized - the edges were too sharp!) running companion and upgrade to a Nano?

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  • David Brooks Jul 28, 2007

    New development: cleaning no help, but if I don't push the minijack plug all the way in I get stereo! All the way in, right channel only, half way out, right channel in left ear, 3/4 of the way in: stereo!

    Must be a loose jack...

  • Anonymous Nov 06, 2007

    hey mate,

    i have a similar problem, except when it is 3/4 way in, i dont get stereo, i get the right channel playing out of both left and right earphones. Therefore mono.

    Did you find a way to fix your issue? I havent tested for a dirty socket but i doubt it as these are 1 month old earphones.


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Hi Guys!
I have had this problem for a while, but only while at work today I was listening to kanye west in mono and i felt like fixing it.
I have a solution to save you from spending $5 on a new 512mb ipod haha.

To fix my ipod, so that both earphones would play, I...

1) slide the panel on the back all the way up to switch ipod off
2) get a fingernail underneath the bottom of the slider, and wench the button off (takes a tiny bit of force and the slider shouldn't snap, although it does bend alot)
3) get a small amount of paper and fold a few times so that it is slightly smaller than the square of visible PCB (printed circuit board) (i used standard lined paper folder 4 times, so it is 16 layers thick!!)
4) place the folded paper on the visible pcb (making sure that the paper is not covering any of the plastic casing )and push to clip the slider back in to the off position with the paper underneath it.

and you done!

Hope i have help some people in the world, and done my part to make the world a better place hahah! tell me whether this worked for you, as it is only a temporary solution. :D


Posted on Nov 29, 2007


Same thing happened with mine. Looks like one side of the headphone jack has slipped. I have no cash or tools to go and fix this myself, so i put some aluminum foil on the side that the jack had slipped so it makes contact with the slipped side and with the headphones.. and it works perfectly fine now.

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I'd say upgrade, but a definite possibility is dirt in the jack. Take a sharp object and attempt to clean it out with a very lightly damp thin cloth. go in a few times, and it it comes out dirty, you have a shot(esp. since this might be garbage anyways) good luck, hope this helps! problem solved!

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