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Warning! Possible iPod crashes
Authored by: SWCarson on Nov 17, '04 10:25:30AM

I have not tried the full process described in this hint. But the trick of changing the type code to "M4B " (step 3) has caused me major headaches. I found that after listening to a file altered in that way my iPod would not wake up next time it went to sleep, (I had to reset to awaken the iPod). I wasn't sure that this was why I was seeing the problem so I ended up reinstalling the iPod software and then exchanged my iPod for another one when the problem still showed up. Well, as soon as I tried one of these modified files my new iPod exhibited the same behavior. Since I stopped using files modified in this way the problem has gone away.

The more complete conversion process described in this hint may avoid this problem (a bug in the iPod software I would think) but be warned that just converting an mp3 to AAC and changing the type code does not work as hoped!



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Warning! Possible iPod crashes
Authored by: fritztoch on Nov 17, '04 11:40:13AM

Works for me, on both audiobooks and comedy albums (which I did not want showing up when I selected "Shuffle Songs"), although I used a different process. First, I combined the tracks using this script http://www.malcolmadams.com/itunes/scripts/scripts07.php?page=1#tracksplicer
and then converting them to AAC. Then, I used a type/creator changer utility to change the files creator to "M4B " and then played the track in iTunes, which immediately updated it to a "Protected AAC File". Then, I synched it to the iPod, where they show up under "Audiobooks" and the iPod sleeps fine. This is a 60GB iPod Photo.



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I agree!
Authored by: baronworm on Nov 17, '04 02:21:51PM

I can corroborate this based on my own personal experience.

I hadn't yet figured out that enabling the bookmark-ability was the root cause, but it makes perfect sense.

I listen to LOTS of audible titles with no problems, but for awhile I was listening to several of my own AAC files (modified by the applescript indicated in this hint) and my iPod was freezing almost every time it went to sleep.



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drat, I no longer agree. :-/
Authored by: baronworm on Nov 17, '04 02:23:47PM

I wish that corrective comment below had been submitted a few moments sooner. Looks like it's because my own AAC files are mono.



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drat, I no longer agree. :-/
Authored by: SWCarson on Nov 18, '04 10:47:22AM

You may be right! The files that were causing me trouble are mono as well. That still shouldn't cause the iPod to freeze, but a good clue nonetheless.



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