iPod background noise when charging

My 30GB iPod video (model MA146LL/A) has been a great ally for the last two weeks. Attached to a Philips SBC HP1000 headset, it cancels out the small office sounds which can disrupt the work flow.

However, there seems to be some irregularities in the sound, originating from the iPod itself. I’ll try to describe the bug as accurately as possible.

Disclaimer: I have only tested this on a PC.

How to trigger the bug

The wrap: Leave the iPod in charging mode when playing music.

  1. Connect the iPod
  2. Startup iTunes
  3. “Eject” iPod

Noise characteristics

After triggering the bug, several background sounds can be heard. Most of them seem to be related to display changes.

When using the wheel, a small click/beep can be heard whenever any piece of the screen changes. For example, when changing the volume slowly, it sounds like a screeching sound.

Also, when the battery icon (in the top right corner or on the whole screen) changes, there is a clicking sound which can be really annoying when listening to music.

Note that the “clicker” is off.


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