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My Ipod Won't Turn Off  
User currently onlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17494 posts, RR: 45
Posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1721 times:

My iPod won't turn off, any suggestions? It's a standard 30Gb iPod that you hold down the play button to turn off. Nothing works. For a while it took several tries to turn it off but now nothing. Joy.


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User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3505 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1718 times:

I'm not sure if the 30Gb model has changed since I got mine, but leaving it alone works just fine for me. Shuts off on its own every time.


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User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1711 times:

Check the Hold slide button on top of the iPod?  Wink

Hopefully so. Otherwise hold the middle button and play button down at the same time for a few seconds to restart the iPod. Then try holding the play button again to turn it off.



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User currently offlineSenorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1711 times:

Mine does the same thing. It used to be that it took a few tries or just letting it sit playing for a few seconds but now it's taking more and more tries. Mine's an 8GB nano though...Try the 5R's from Apple's website
http://www.apple.com/support/ipod/five_rs/


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21461 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1701 times:

Suggestions:

- Check if the button has a contact problem (which can be just temporary). That might manifest by switching off on hold as desired, but then turning back on when you release the button. Pressing the button slightly differently might help in that case.

- As said above, it should go to sleep after a few minutes on its own.

- If nothing else helps, holding the menu and center buttons simultaneously for a few seconds resets the iPod. It might work after that.


User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1686 times:
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When mine did that it was because I left it running in the car still attached to the charger/rf connector. I let it drain and recharged it and it worked fine. It hasn't happened since.

I have the 30g version as well, and it's been terrific.



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User currently offlineYWG From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 1146 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1664 times:

An Apple friend/fanatic of mine explained this problem to me after I complained to him about my ipod was doing the same.

-just reboot the ipod, and it should solve the problem.

-the reason it may not let you turn it off, is because the ipod wants to drain its battery in order to extend the life the battery. Apple has a ton of built in "smart" features like this, some make sense and some don't but in the long run it's for the best.



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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21461 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1663 times:

Quoting YWG (Reply 6):
the reason it may not let you turn it off, is because the ipod wants to drain its battery in order to extend the life the battery.

I'm not aware of such a feature. And refusing to turn off would be an extremely bad way to design it even if it existed.


User currently offlineSteve332 From Ireland, joined Feb 2007, 116 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1658 times:

Happened to me a couple of times, Just let the battery die and it'll be fine.

User currently offlineBtriple7 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 1161 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1634 times:

Quoting YWG (Reply 6):
-the reason it may not let you turn it off, is because the ipod wants to drain its battery in order to extend the life the battery. Apple has a ton of built in "smart" features like this, some make sense and some don't but in the long run it's for the best.

Uh-huh...  Confused  eyebrow 

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I'd be interested to hear someone give a detailed explanation as to how this feature works, and also who came up with the idea. Seems like one of the more quirky features. I always have trouble turning off my iPod (2nd Gen. Nano) too. It's really annoying, and I don't see how draining the battery could extend battery life.

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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21461 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1623 times:

Quoting Btriple7 (Reply 9):
I'd be interested to hear someone give a detailed explanation as to how this feature works, and also who came up with the idea.

I am practically certain that such a "feature" does not exist and is exclusively a rumour.
It would make no sense whatsoever as a product feature.

It is not a bad idea to actually use the existing battery capacity, at least every once in a while, but a "forced discharging" feature is almost certainly not in existence.

It's simply a bug. In some cases the very small debounce delay in the iPod can be a (temporary) problem when releasing the button appears to switch the iPod back on after holding the button has put it to sleep, but pressing the button slightly differently takes care of that.

A reset (holding menu+center) should take care of any otherwise intractable problem that should still remain.


User currently offlineJpax From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1018 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1613 times:

Smashing it with a large hammer and proceeding to douse and ignite it with gasoline will certainly turn it off.

Now, how 'bout that warranty?  Wink


User currently offlinePawsleykat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1978 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1594 times:

I find that it happens with my 30Gb one.... it usually happens if I am in the song screen. What i do to resolve the problem is to come back into one of the menus and try again from there  Smile hope this helps

JG



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User currently offlineWestJetYQQ From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 2987 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1555 times:

Quoting MaverickM11 (Thread starter):
My Ipod Won't Turn Off

Consider Yourself Lucky. Mine won't turn on. It got bent in half.  Wink



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User currently offlineThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1548 times:

Quoting MaverickM11 (Thread starter):

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User currently offlineJamie757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1545 times:

Quoting Btriple7 (Reply 9):
and I don't see how draining the battery could extend battery life.

Generally speaking it's better to fully drain a battery before it's recharged. This prevents so called 'memory effects' and helps to maintain the specified capacity.

Rgds.


User currently offlineJamesJimlb From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1023 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1533 times:

play songs for hours and it will run out of batteries.


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User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1525 times:

Quoting Jamie757 (Reply 15):
Generally speaking it's better to fully drain a battery before

I though that that was higly dependent on the battery technology/chemistry. For example, my understanding is that NiCad batteries are highly succeptable to develop 'memory' whereas Lithium Ion batteries are significantly less succeptable to memory and certain battery technologies (though I can't remember which off the top of my head) may actually be damaged by running the battery completely down.

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User currently offlineJamie757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1515 times:

Quoting Lincoln (Reply 17):
whereas Lithium Ion batteries are significantly less succeptable to memory

I think you're correct there, that said, the mobile phone that I have now has a Li-Ion battery and the manual recommends that it's cycled fully.

Quoting Lincoln (Reply 17):
and certain battery technologies (though I can't remember which off the top of my head) may actually be damaged by running the battery completely down.

I believe that Lead-Acid (car) batteries can be damaged if deeply discharged.

Rgds.


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21461 posts, RR: 53
Reply 19, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1505 times:

A deep discharge is bad for the life expectancy of any battery, Li-Ion or not.

User currently offlineWellHung From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1489 times:

Since you can't just pop the battery out, one would think such a revolutionary piece of technology would have one of those 'reset' hole dealies where you stick a pin or something and the device resets. These are standard on many other media players. Waiting hours for the battery to run out seems rather silly and unnecessary.

User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21461 posts, RR: 53
Reply 21, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1484 times:

Quoting WellHung (Reply 20):
Since you can't just pop the battery out, one would think such a revolutionary piece of technology would have one of those 'reset' hole dealies where you stick a pin or something and the device resets. These are standard on many other media players. Waiting hours for the battery to run out seems rather silly and unnecessary.

And it is.

As I explained above, resetting the iPod merely requires holding of the menu and center buttons simultaneously for a few seconds. That's it.


User currently offlineA330300 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1462 times:

Cycle the hold switch at the top....

Then, press the menu (top of the ring) and center buttons simultaneously for about five seconds, this should reboot the iPod. If it happens frequently, I would suggest updating the iPod software.


User currently offlinePohlcat From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 10 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1401 times:
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I have the (expensive) 80Gb version I bought this spring. It holds all 9,200+ songs in my music library. I love it. But as magnificent as it is, I also had problems turning it off by holding down the pause button. The backlight would turn off, but the screen was still visible. Even when I wasn't playing music, it was still draining my battery.

The only way I was able to fix the problem was to restore (not reset) the iPod, which was a relief in some ways knowing it wasn't broken, but it took nearly three hours to complete the process since restoring an iPod erases everything with all that music I have. I don't know what caused the problem of suddenly it's not able to turn off the way it should. I payed good money for this thing and I don't want to have a shortened battery life because of a mysterious "iPod won't turn off" ordeal.



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User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 24, posted (7 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1387 times:

Funny that this is mentioned. I had this happen to me last Friday. I believe I might have been going to quickly through songs I didn't want to listen to and it caused my iPod to freeze up. I tried the standard reboot button hold and every imaginable combination after and nothing seemed to get it to reboot. I had to let it die and recharge it to get it to work again. The timing really sucked too since I had a 25 minute subway ride and a 75 minute train ride and no music.

Quoting Klaus (Reply 19):
A deep discharge is bad for the life expectancy of any battery, Li-Ion or not

Normally I let my battery run to the red zone (not completely dead), is this wrong? Should I be charging it more frequently? I have for years heard conflicting information on whether to let batteries run dead or close to dead before recharging and other times being warned against letting them get too low. What do you recommend? How often should I recharge my iPod battery?

LH423



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25 Klaus : The red zone is not actually deep discharge, it's just the "recharge now, please!" indication. Deep discharge means the state of the battery actually
26 Post contains images Jamesbaldwyn : Look in the manual for exact action but I believe that u have to move the switch to the hold position and then hold the center and menu button down. T
27 Klaus : No. If the reset didn' work the first time, cycle the lock switch (unlocked - locked - unlocked) and in the unlocked state hold the two buttons to re
28 LH423 : Thanks. Then I'll just keep doing what I've been doing all along! LH423
29 AAFLT1871 :
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