MP3 has a bad spot on iPod but not on iTunes

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  1. Cameron Yee

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    I've run into this a couple times where there is a bad spot - sounds like a record skipping - on a file. I check the file on my computer and it sounds fine and replace the file on my iPod and the glitch is still there. Does this mean it's a bad part of the iPod hard drive? As I've added files to the iPod I've encountered the glitch again on a different song but I have no idea if it's the same spot.
     
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    I've run into this a few times. I doubt it's a bad spot on the iPod hard drive. I use Exact Audio Copy with the external LAME encoder to create all my MP3 files. Even re-encoding the music song and recopying it to the iPod did not fix the problem. I ended up encoding those few songs via the MP3 encoder built into iTunes, which has worked so far. EAC w/ LAME does a better job encoding, so I used a higher VBR bit rate within iTunes to compensate for the difference -- I use 192K VBR with EAC, and used 224K VBR within iTunes.

    My next step will be to see if the skipping may be audio clipping on the iPod. I downloaded a freeware program called MP3 Gain that lets you apply a volume gain to your MP3 files (it's completely reversable). FYI, you must turn off the soundcheck function on your iPod for the MP3 Gain settings to work properly.
     
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    Thanks for the info. I also use EAC and LAME. I'll have to keep track of the problem songs - I can't recall the first song I noticed it on, but I'm pretty sure of the artist.
     
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    I encode my MP3s with Media player, and them import them to my itunes library.

    After importing them to itunes, and then to my ipod, they work perfectly for a few weeks. After a while, my ipod will not play certain tracks, it just skips them. If I plug my ipod back to the PC, theyll work perfectly, but not o the ipod. I have to delete the file from my ipod, and then put it back.
     

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