I love my iPod, and the case the Apple store employee advised I get. But ever since I upgraded the firmware on my 5th Gen (video) iPod some of the podcasts cause the system to reboot. This is the strangest thing because I didn’t know why some podcasts would have this effect and others would not. In fact, sometimes it was only certain episodes within a podcast subscription.

I searched and here is what I found.

I started to get comments on the site and emails about the latest podcasts crashing 5th gen video iPod’s and was scratching my head wondering why. Apple seems to have really dropped the ball with iTunes 7 and the latest firmware for iPods. Any audio file that is encoded at 64kbps at a sample rate of 32.000 khz or higher in mono with your EQ on on your ipod on will crash it (try to sit around and figure that combo out. If you guessed a lot of encoding and trial and error your a winner). Apple’s official answer to this is turn the EQ on your iPod off until they can fix the problem.


So if you turn the EQ off on your iPod it won’t crash. You could also start to listen to the podcast in iTunes for a second or two and re-sych your iPod, that also seems to work but in the meantime bear with us as we do more testing to figure out a better work around or wait till apple fixes what they broke.