Model A1238 / 80, 120, or 160 GB hard drive / black or silver metal front

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stops playing in middle of song, grey apple appears, returns to menu

my ipod will freeze in the middle of a song, a grey apple appears and a few seconds later it goes back to main menu. you can then get it to play again but this is very annoying.

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Valter, not sure how many songs you have on your Hard dirve but I would think there could be some issues with the files. I would backup my files and restore the iPod with iTunes.

Warning: Because restoring erases all the songs and files on iPod, back up any files you've saved on the iPod disk.

How to restore iPod

1. Verify that you have an active Internet connection, because you may need to download new versions of the iTunes and iPod Software.

2. Download and install the latest version of iTunes if necessary.

3. Open iTunes. Connect your iPod to your computer using the USB or FireWire cable that came with your iPod.

4. After a few moments, your iPod will appear in the Source panel in iTunes.

5. Select your iPod in the Source panel. You will see information about your iPod appear in the Summary tab of the main iTunes window.

6. Click Restore.

7. If you are using a Mac, you will be asked to enter an administrator’s name and password.

8. A progress bar will appear on the computer screen, indicating that stage one of the restore process has begun. When this stage is done, iTunes will present one of two messages with instructions specific to the iPod model you are restoring.

  • Disconnect iPod and connect it to iPod Power Adapter (typically applies to older iPod models).
  • Leave iPod connected to computer to complete restore (typically applies newer iPod models).

9. During stage two of the restore process, the iPod displays an Apple logo as well as a progress bar at the bottom of the display. It is critical that the iPod remain connected to the computer or iPod power adapter during this stage.

Note: The progress bar may be difficult to see, because the backlight on the iPod display may be off.

10. After stage two of the restore process is complete, the iTunes Setup Assistant window will appear. It will ask you to name your iPod and choose your syncing preferences, as it did when you connected your iPod for the first time. http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1339

Good luck to you and let us know if this worked or if you need further assistance

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