The Apple iPod is one of the most popular personal music devices sold today, with sales for the holiday quarter of 2010-2011 hitting 19.45 million. While the iPod is a device used and enjoyed by many, it is not always problem free. Certain iPod problems may be due to user error, while others are due to the nature of the device or existing glitches. When songs or podcasts on a playlist play in reverse order, either circumstance may be to blame.
Podcast Importing Glitch
The iPod may play podcasts in reverse order. This is a fairly common glitch on iPods and is especially common when multiple podcasts are recorded in a day, or when more than one podcast of the same program is recorded. Apple has not released an official explanation for this glitch, so the reason is unknown.
Music Importing Errors
iPod music playlists may occasionally play in reverse order. This is not a common occurrence, but may happen sometimes due to user errors importing albums or other music. The iPod player may also malfunction, causing the list to play in reverse. Apple has not released an official explanation for an iPod malfunction that would play songs in reverse.
When songs or podcasts are downloaded in the "Automatic Updating" mode, it is possible that the songs or podcasts will be imported in reverse order, or another incorrect order. To avoid this possibility, disable the Automatic Updating feature, following directions from Apple (see Resources). Users who input songs or podcasts using the "Manual Updating" mode can input songs in the precise order they want via iTunes.
If users click on the leftmost column header before syncing on the iPod shuffle, it will cause playlists to play in reverse. The column is a series of numbers that signifies song order. To rectify this problem, simply do not click on that column header prior to syncing. The playlist will be imported and then played in proper order.
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