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May 12, 2006

So I Have To Ask....

Arik Hesseldahl

A friend just popped in with a question about songs purchased from the iTunes Music Store. He says the iTunes-bought songs on his iPod stopped working. He wonders if it has anything to do with the amount of time between syncs with his PC, which in this case was a little more than two weeks. After syncing with the PC the songs worked again. Anyone ever heard of this kind of behavior?

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I have never heard of that happening, but I would send your friend to Apple's web site. Search the Windows iTunes support and the forums. If they don't find an answer then they should post the question to the iTunes forum, some real savvy people hang out there.

Posted by: Perry Clease at May 12, 2006 03:55 PM

My 2nd Gen iPod has not been sync'd in months and still works fine. Of course, I am on a iBook G4.

Posted by: Drew at May 12, 2006 06:48 PM

This has happened to my son's iPod Mini as well. He rarely connects his to the family PC, and there does seem to be an issue with purchased songs not playing after a period of time.

I have looked at Apple's forums in the past - a few months ago - and the solutions proposed do not work (they generally involve resetting the software update on the iPod). If you find a solution or hear a reason I'd love to know about it, actually.

Posted by: doog at May 12, 2006 10:29 PM

I have an iPod photo that has many songs purchased from the iTMS. I have gone for several months without synchonizing yet have never had a problem playing those songs.

Posted by: Don at May 15, 2006 05:12 PM

I have a Mini and this has occurred to me frequently. I assumed that it was a copyright protection feature to insure that I really had purchased those songs. They all work fine again when I sync to my Mac, so I never really worried about it.

Posted by: Lee at May 24, 2006 03:56 PM

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