iPod display bug in software version 1.1

The newest software update for the iPod video has broken part of the playback functionality.

How to trigger the bug

  1. Use the iPod Updater to install software version 1.1
  2. Start playback of music
  3. Double click the center button (quickly) to go to the rating display
  4. Single click the center button

Bug nature

After the last click, you will see the rating display again, instead of the music progress bar. The wheel, however, will work as if you were back to the primary page – It will change the volume.

The result is that the rating display will “overlay” the other displays, even if the controls work as they would if the correct pages had been displayed.

To get out of the rating display, just single click the center button until you see the music progress bar again.

Other information

Platform: PC with Windows XP
Updater version: 2006-01-10
iPod model: 30 GB video (MA146LL/A)

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.