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  iPod shuffle Tips and Tricks
Subject:   Keep your position in playlist while not using the Shuffle
Date:   2006-08-23 15:35:37
From:   Feefer
As many here, I use my 1GB Shuffle at the gym, and don't like the idea of having to try and figure where I was in the playback list every time I use it.


Some have rightfully noted that it's tricky to get traction on the power slider, and worse yet, some of the carriers and cases (e.g. the Action Jacket, from DLO) don't even ALLOW access to the slider without pulling the device out of the case; a pain in the neck that create more wear and tear on the surface.


So after a bit of trial-and-error, I worked this out.


Alternative One (not-so-good alternative):


1) Set the Shuttle to pause (push the play button briefly). The music will stop playing, and the green LED will blink.


2) After (1) minute, the Shuttle will automatically go into hibernation (energy conservation) mode. If you still have your ear buds in, you'll hear the amp clicking off leaving only total silence (i.e. you won't hear that bit of background hiss that you usually hear). Be sure to leave the power slider in it's current position, though, as turning it 'off' will over-ride hibernation.


3) Pushing almost any of front panel controls at this point will do NOTHING: e.g. pushing the volume or fast-forward buttons will do nothing, and you won't even see the orange LED blink to confirm a button push.


4) The exception is pushing the PLAY button: hit it, and music will begin to play immediately from wherever you paused. At this point, all the buttons resume normal functionality.


The reason this is not advantageous is it's very likely the play button will depressed even momentarily while your Shuttle is in storage in your work-out bag, etc, and you're likely to discover the battery is dead the next time you want to use it, or that you've lost your position in the playback. So it's not a good alternative, and hence why Apple doesn't suggest this vs. turning the unit off with the power slider.


Fortunately there's a better way, combining hold functions with auto sleep mode:


1) Set the Shuttle to pause (push the play button briefly). The music will stop playing, and the green LED will blink.


2) Go into "Hold" mode by holding the play button for (3) seconds. Once engaged, the orange LED rapidly blinks (4) times. Trying to activate any button on the front panel will NOT work, with the orange LED appearing to remind you that you've put the Shuttle into hold (key lock-out) mode. FWIW, this is a good mode to use when working out, since it's easy for buttons to be pressed accidently when working out.


3) After (1) minute, the Shuttle will automatically go into hibernation (energy conservation) mode. If you still have your ear buds in, you'll hear the amp clicking off, giving total silence (you won't hear that bit of background hiss that you usually hear). Be sure to leave the power slider in it's current position, though, as turning it 'off' will over-ride hibernation.


Pushing any of front panel controls at this point will do NOTHING: e.g. pushing the volume or fast-forward buttons will do nothing, and you won't even see the orange LED blink to confirm a button push.


The exception is the PLAY button: push it, and the orange LED lights. Now the LED will light for subsequent pushes of any of the other buttons, too. This is the "awakening" mode, in that the amps haven't kicked on, etc, but the Shuffle is now receptive to being awoken. If no buttons are pushed within (1) minute, it automatically goes back into hibernation mode.


4) When you want to use the Shuffle again (say, the next day at the gym), press the play button for three seconds, and a green LED will flash (4) times, confirming you've unlocked the Shuffle from hibernation and "hold" mode.


5) Now press play, and the Shuffle should continue playing from where you last left off.


I think all of this in undocumented: I searched the Net, and Apple's site, and couldn't find any of this discussed. :)


Chris

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  • Keep your position in playlist while not using the Shuffle
    2008-11-17 11:17:34  shuffleluvr [View]

    when i turn my ipod off i press it to the nearest song and turn it off before the song begins so i dont miss any of the songs