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MP3 Playback Speed Issue and Skipping..


Oct 26, 2005, 11:05 AM
I asked this question in another forum, but got no replies, so figured I'd post here as well for input.

I've had the 950 for a couple weeks, and thus far have really liked the phone. I didn’t get the Transflash card for MP3's until this past weekend. Right away, I noticed a problem. My songs seem to have a few small skips in them, and the overall speed they play at is just a hair too fast-- but easily noticeable.

Has anyone else experienced anything like that? Could it be the Transflash card, or the phone itself?

I only have until tomorrow to exchange the phone, so I need input fast..

Oct 26, 2005, 11:32 AM
I couldn't find a transflash card anywhere so ended up ordering direct from Verizon. Good price, actually. While there I bitched that it's a little hard to evaluate a phone in 15 days when the accessories aren't available. I haven't received the card yet so I'm in the same boat you are. I hope it's an easy fix.

Oct 26, 2005, 7:32 PM
I've had my phone for three weeks and a transflash card for two. I've filled up the card with MP3s and have played them many times. I can't notice any difference in speed and sound quality is pretty good even with the speakers. Played the phone for a few co-workers and they were very impressed. The only thing I can think of for your problem is the rate you rip your MP3s. I rip them at a much higher rate because I can hear the difference on my iPod. I have noticed artifacts when I tried ripping at the usual rate of 128, so I tried 192 and found it better. I've even ripped some at 320 and really heard a difference. Otherwise, the phone is the best I've owned so far.

Oct 26, 2005, 8:51 PM
I haven't had any skipping at all on my 950 - did you perhaps use Variable Bit Rate (VBR) when ripping the mp3s?

Oct 27, 2005, 4:22 PM
Thanks for the suggestions.

Nearly all my songs are ripped into iTunes' normal settings..

As an update, I went into my area Verizon store and the guy I spoke to immediately thought it was the Transflash card. He took down my name and said to take the card back to Circuit City and see if that solves the issue, because they had not had any problems at all with the 950 MP3 player. If there is still a problem after that he has my name and will waive the 15 day return deadline.

I will give an update on what I find with a new card..

Nov 1, 2005, 12:00 PM
Actually, I discovered that I couldn't move PIX off of my transflash card at all - they always came out corrupted. When I tried to do that, it also somehow screwed up my mp3s - the file names turned into mangled garbage and half of them disappeared. I had to format the transflash card in the phone again.

It turned out that my sandisk sddr-73 card reader was the problem - I got a new card reader and everything is fine now.

Hope that helps!

Nov 2, 2005, 10:24 AM
YES!...i have the same problem...little annoying blip sounds and skipping when played on the phone...but if I play the mp3s dirctly from the transflash card using the USB connetion on my computer it plays NORMAL on the computer...the leads me to believe that the transflash and mp3s are fine and there is a defect in the mp3 player's software in the phone that needs a patch/update! im going to verizon to bitch tonight

Nov 2, 2005, 1:18 PM
I believe you are correct in that certain mp3 encodings or data rates cause problems for the player in the Sch-a950

Nov 10, 2005, 12:21 AM
Thank godness someone posted the solution on another board!

They don't tell you this (likely because the 950 is so new, and not as many people have it), but you may have to reformat your card!

Tools/ System/ Manage Memory/ Card Memory/ (right softkey)Options 'Format Card'

Takes about 2 secs, and then you transfer your songs and all is fine!

This word needs to be spread so no one thinks there is some bug with these phones, because everything else (and now the MP3 player as well) is great.

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