iPod Shuffle not shuffle... (2nd generation)

Hi guys,.

I had my little cheap 1 GB Shuffle for years. He has not seen much use in the last year, but turns on everytime I want to use it, not to deliver. Today, however, I got a little problem that I can't fix.

I loaded 10 x one hour podcasts on it, they have two synchronized fine. The iPod appears in iTunes, it charges fine, it connects etc etc.

When I log out and click on play with shuffle switch activated, the LED flashes: Orange - green - Orange - green - Orange. All are quick flashes. However, when I flip the switch on 'Continues' play, it plays perfectly. Therefore, it seems that there is a problem with random mode. I reset the iPod, I've restored in iTunes, but still no joy. I was wondering if it was too much, so I went right down to two podcasts in the end, but still no luck. It will shuffle "regular" songs well, I loaded 15 on and they mixed very well (between 3 and 6 minutes).

For reference, Disk Mode is not enabled. Is there a size limit of individual file for the songs on the shuffle?

See you soon,.


(NB: all iTunes, iPod and OSX software are completely up to date).

I think it's "as planned."

Your shuffle looks like a 2nd gen shuffle (+ clip), because it has a switch for shuffle / in order.  Do you have only these podcasts on the shuffle, or a mixture of the podcasts and songs?  If it's only the podcasts, is perhaps the reason for the flashing light show (which means 'error').  According to me, the only software the shuffle does not play podcasts when it is set to shuffle (only songs).  When you have a mixture of songs and podcasts on the shuffle, this prevents a future podcast whenever you want just for random playback of songs.  And it works for most people, because you usually want to play podcasts in the order, not mixed.  So, if you had only podcasts on the shuffle, using the shuffle setting means there is nothing to play, so that you get the error lights.  But no error, when you set your shuffle to play in order.

When I used my shuffle 1st gen for playback of podcasts, I loaded podcast episodes so that they were at the top of the list (as seen by iTunes).  I also had my favorite songs on it.  To listen to the podcasts, I set the switch to play in order and quickly down the central button three times.  That reset the shuffle to the top of the list (then), where the podcasts.  To listen to songs, I put it in shuffle mode.

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