Music on my iPhone starts, stops, speeds up and skips seemingly at random.

A few months ago something odd started to happen to the built in iPod app on my old 3G iPhone. Something that seems to be headphone related. The iPod would start playing music at random, skip, tracks and suddenly start to play at high speed. When this happens the play, pause control in the iPod app would stop responding but the control slide/scrubber still works.

Ive looked at some forums and it appears that others are also having the same problem with different generation phones but I've yet to find a solution. Anyone else getting this problem?

NB the shake to shuffle option is switched off.

Why do you think it's headphone-related? Is it from stuff you've read online, or are the symptoms somehow related to jiggling the headphones around or something?

Yes most of the forums I've seen suggest it's headphone related. What usually happens is that I will plug in some headphones and start to stream something from YouTube. A song from the iPod app will suddenly start playing, skipping and speeding up. Or if I start listening to a podcast I downloaded earlier it will play normally for a bit then suddenly speed up or switch to a song.

Well, do you have any other headphones you could try?

Bought brand new headphones but sadly this didn't solve the problem.

Could be the headphone jack.

The iPhone has the capability of receiving signals for track/volume controls via a controller attached to the headphone cable, which is why a weedy headphone jack (either the plug on the 'phones or the jack in the phone) could result in this behavior.

Also, make certain there's no little brother running around with an Apple remote or something that's pinging your phone from a distance. Sometimes using the Apple remote to control our Apple TV will start making music play on my wife's iPhone if it's in the path of the IR beam coming from the remote.

Pretty sure there's a way to turn off receiving remote IR signals on the iPhone. Possibly something in your vicinity is triggering the behavior that way, too.

*Legion* wrote:

Could be the headphone jack.

The iPhone has the capability of receiving signals for track/volume controls via a controller attached to the headphone cable, which is why a weedy headphone jack (either the plug on the 'phones or the jack in the phone) could result in this behavior.

Also, make certain there's no little brother running around with an Apple remote or something that's pinging your phone from a distance. Sometimes using the Apple remote to control our Apple TV will start making music play on my wife's iPhone if it's in the path of the IR beam coming from the remote.

Pretty sure there's a way to turn off receiving remote IR signals on the iPhone. Possibly something in your vicinity is triggering the behavior that way, too.

I doubt that's it's IR. The iPhone has no capability to receive it.

Obvious, I know, but have you tried a full restore?

It's definitely headphone related. I've tested and the problem only happens when the phones are plugged in.

I think *Legion* is on to something when he mentions the Iphone's capability of receiving signals for track/volume controls via a controller attached to the headphone cable.

I doubt theres a way of disabling that sadly.

Cannot listen to music or podcasts at all when out and about now. The skipping etc happens almost every few seconds.

You might want to double-check, my phone isn't an iPhone but it has the option of disabling headphone/Bluetooth audio controls.

Sorry for zombie thread but I've only just realized that I solved this without letting people know. It is a head phones issue. Using expensive head phones that have built in volume control solves the problem.

So those cheap headphones I see for sale marked iphone compatible are not an option for me

Should try out the new Earpods that Apple came out with for the refresh of the mobile devices this year.
Surprisingly, by some miracle of Apple R&D, it's the best earphones under $50 that I've used as long as I can remember.

Pretty sure it's fully compatible with your 3G iPhone

Falchion wrote:

Should try out the new Earpods that Apple came out with for the refresh of the mobile devices this year.
Surprisingly, by some miracle of Apple R&D, it's the best earphones under $50 that I've used as long as I can remember.

Pretty sure it's fully compatible with your 3G iPhone

If your referring to off-centered "ergonomic" earplugs, they have been around for a while. Apple just made them look space age. These guys are dirt cheap and are awesome for comfort / staying in the ear.

I mostly use them for podcasts when exercising / working so I can't comment on the sound quality but they are much better then the older style iPhone earplugs.

think i've found the solution. I had the same problem. I used a cotton swab (Q-tip) with rubbing alcool to clean the hole where you plug the headphones. It was pretty dusty. It solved my problem instantly. Hope that helps.

The problem is gone now... that's nice... now I can continu listening to some heavy dubstep!... yeah obviously, that's what we dinosaurs listen to.

Good day,

- A dinosaur

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Clever girl.

I have this kind of trouble with my iPhone 4, and the orignal headset.

I noticed the plug of the headphone have some wear on it. And it happens when I'm running on the threadmill, I do sweat a lot :S And I wear the iPhone in a armband.

Could it be it's humidity that's causing that ?

I switch to a ipod nano for this issue. Kinda better for me.

Sigh. It seems audio problems are destined to follow me. I've been really happy with my android S3 for a while. One day the sound through headphones was fine. The next and with the exact same headphones the sound was severely muted and echoey. Changing the phones doesn't help and I'm now at a loss as to what has happened.