iPod touch stopped playing the next song in a playlistDecember 14, 2007 at 8:20 pm | Posted in iPod | 88 Comments
Today my iPod touch suddenly decided that it would no longer step through a playlist and play each song in order. Instead it would only play the song I selected. This is just crazy as it completely defeats the purpose of a playlist. Not only that it’s quite dangerous having to select each song in turn while you’re driving in traffic.
With a lot of fiddling around, I’ve managed to get it to revert to the correct behaviour and it now once again plays each song in turn. However I’m not sure exactly what I did to fix the problem. My guess is that there is some small bug in the firmware that put it in this state. Perhaps switching it off would have solved the problem but by the time I’d thought of this (I never use the off button, I just let it go into standby) it was behaving itself again.
If you tap the screen while a song is playing you are presented with a set of controls that allow you to set the repeat mode for the album or list, change the shuffle mode and seek forward and back through the current song. Playing around with the repeat mode was what ultimately fixed the problem.
I was curious to see what the iPod touch manual had to say on this, so I finally got around to downloading it. Here is a screenshot direct from the manual.
The Repeat control allows you to ‘repeat songs in the current album or list’, ‘repeat the current song over and over’ or ‘do not repeat songs’.
None of these options describe the behaviour I experienced which makes me believe it was a bug.