iPod Issue (Broken Audio Channel) – 15 May 2010


This blog explains my problem with hearing no sound through an audio channel, and how I managed to fix it.

my_ipod I love my iPod Touch. I bought it for just £25 at the end of the summer – in September 2009. It’s the best purchase I’ve ever made, and has been very well used hence it now looks distinctly worn.

dent_in_iPod There was a time when it flew out of my pocket when I flew off my bike. It hit a large rock, and now has a noticeable dent on the back of it, but continued playing the Florence + The Machine song I was listening to! I didn’t come out quite so well, and suffered a huge graze on both my arms (of which I still bear scars from).

As I was walking through town today, I had it in my back pocket. The headphones I was listening to it through had a bit of a dodgy 3.5mm plug, so I thought it was this that had got knocked when my left channel of audio ceased to be audible. I gave the plug a bit of a rattle, but it was still no use.

I tried plugging the iPod into my car stereo, using a 3.5mm patch lead. Again, there was no left channel of sound. I had resigned myself to the idea that I would have to buy a new iPod. Dad, as an electrical engineer concluded that it must be the terminals on the 3.5mm socket inside the iPod itself.

But I had one last idea which I thought may just solve it: simply to restart the iPod. So I held the button at the top of the iTouch until it displayed the ‘Slide to Power Off’ message. I turned it off, turned it back on again, tried listening to a song, and finally it worked. I was so pleased! I saved myself £150 by turning the device off and on again!


Andrew Burdett

Andrew Burdett is a 21-year-old from Maidenhead in Berkshire. He is now two-thirds of the way through his Journalism Studies degree at the University of Sheffield. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, going to the theatre, and writing about himself in the third-person.