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A quick method of pausing an iPod iPod
Not sure how well known this is, but, have you ever needed to answer your phone (or whatever), and wanted to pause the song you are listening to on your iPod -- but your iPod is in your pocket and it's a pain to get to. Just unplug the headphones instead, and the iPod will pause.

Caution: Pulling on the wire might damage the plug...
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A quick method of pausing an iPod
Authored by: adrianm on Oct 19, '06 09:36:10AM

Doesn't appear to work on old pre-clickwheel iPods :(

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A quick method of pausing an iPod
Authored by: redsweater on Oct 19, '06 09:41:20AM

I use this method less and less, because something changed recently and it's not 100% reliable on my Nano anymore. I find that sometimes I will plug back in and the audio will still be playing. I'll have missed 5 minutes of audio while I was talking to the checker in the supermarket or whatever.

So now I'm back to the manual pausing :(


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A quick method of pausing an iPod
Authored by: paulsomm on Oct 19, '06 10:03:17AM

It should be noted this only works for newer video iPods. Non-video iPods keep on playing.



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Not true... my 4G iPod behaves this way as well (m)
Authored by: bradleyd1971 on Oct 19, '06 10:32:51AM

although it isn't 100% reliable. Like someone else posted, something has changed recently and occasionally the iPod won't detect that the headphones have been unplugged.



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Not true... my 4G iPod behaves this way as well (m)
Authored by: morespace54 on Oct 19, '06 10:39:09AM

Mine too... Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't...



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A quick method of pausing an iPod
Authored by: hypert on Oct 19, '06 10:33:51AM

This works on my mini, although I don't use this intentionally so I can't speak to how reliable it is.



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A quick method of pausing an iPod
Authored by: DanFrakes on Oct 19, '06 01:03:09PM

Not true. It worked as far back as the iPod mini :-)

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A quick method of pausing an iPod
Authored by: DanFrakes on Oct 19, '06 01:05:01PM

(That was a reply to paulsomm, by the way.)

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A quick method of pausing an iPod
Authored by: trekan on Oct 19, '06 10:39:59AM

I hate to say it, but this is mentioned in the very thin user guide for the iPod. At least the 80 GB edition.



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A quick method of pausing an iPod
Authored by: spacericker9k on Oct 19, '06 02:27:00PM

be careful when buying headphones and be careful of accidentally bending the headphone plug. make sure the headphones dont make the ipod pause by simply turning the headphone jack clockwise or counterclockwise in the headphone input. i didnt know about this pause feature and had bought a set of sony headphones. for the longest time my ipod would pause when i would put it in my coat pocket and i had no idea why. after i read about the pause feature i realized what was happening. i think the sony headphone plug was a tiny bit thinner than your normal plugs (or maybe it had become bent and wasnt making good contact. i dont remember). so when i would put the ipod in my pocket, the little turning that i did to the headphone plug made the plug lose contact with the ipod's jack input causing my ipod to pause. a new set of headphones fixed the problem



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A quick method of pausing an iPod
Authored by: osxpounder on Oct 19, '06 06:51:18PM

I wonder if something similar is going on with the headphone jack of my PPC G5? Yesterday I plugged in my Sony earplugs to the headphone jack on the front, and was surprised that the main speakers still continued to sound -- I expected them to shut off automatically when I plugged in my 'headphones'. Since these are Sony, too, maybe the plug's size is an issue. I noticed that, if I pulled or pushed them in slowly, the speakers' sound would cut off as the Sony pushed partway in, but when it was firmly seated, the sound in the speakers came back on.... so I reached around and unplugged the speakers. No big deal, but this thread did make me curious about it all.



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A quick method of pausing an iPod
Authored by: ddelony on Oct 19, '06 03:10:57PM

I've done this often by accident.

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