Possible simple fix for iPod 4G Static Issue
Simple, 10 second fix for the 4G ipod static problem.
Maybe this is all over the web, but I haven’t seen it mentioned on any sites… I got the idea from an anecdotal comment on a possible cause of the problem on ipod lounge, and when I looked, it seemed to make sense. Basically, the problem stems from the changes Apple made in the 4G to pause the ipod when you unplug your phones… there’s a small charge running through it somehow, so when the circuit breaks, the ipod pauses. The problem occurs with headphones which have a metal disk around the plug, which seem to include most of the higher end ‘phones, including my Shure E2s. It’s probably because the metal disk is touching the metal back of the ipod… but at any rate, a quick and dirty fix is just to take a small piece of plastic wrap, punch a tiny hole in it and run your headphone jack through it… sort of a broken icondom. :-) So your plug issticking through the plastic, but the metal base is still covered by it. I just gave it a try and I’m listening to my 4g static free, no matter what position the plug is in. Give it a try. Much better than continually returning ipods, or giving up your good ‘phones. I might try putting some clear nail polish or something on the ipod around the headphone jack, or on the disk around the plug, since the plastic will tear off fairly quickly… but it works for now.
Did that help? Let me know!