How to Fix Skipping Music Playbacks

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Many people think that the rise in popularity of digital music signaled the end of your favorite music becoming damaged and skipping. Unfortunately, digital music files incur damage just like computer discs, and old computers and MP3 players can cause music to skip on playback or stop working altogether. If you're having trouble with your digital music playback, consider these methods to get your digital files working as they should.

  • Test your skipping music file on a few different MP3 players, fast computers and audio software. Determine if the file itself is damaged, which it most likely is if it skips in the same way regardless of the computer, hardware or software you use to play it.

  • Import your damaged sound file again, if you believe that the file itself is damaged. If the imported file still doesn't work properly on any computer or music player after importing it again, you may have a problem with your importing software. Try another computer or importing software, and if this doesn't work, there may be a problem with the CD itself.

  • Listen to the CD on a stereo or computer to determine if the CD itself is damaged. Acquire a new CD from which to import your music, if you find it damaged.

  • Use a disk utility program to defragment your MP3 player or computer, if you believe that it is your hardware causing your music file to skip. Test your skipping audio files after defragmentation.

  • Convert or compress heavy audio files such as ".WAV" files and high bit rate MP3s using sound converter or audio player software. Your computer or MP3 player may be having trouble playing large files, especially if they are old pieces of hardware.

Tips & Warnings

  • Contact your hardware or software provider for guidance if you can't solve the problem yourself. Consider replacing your old computer or MP3 player if you find that they cause your files to skip. Change your music player software to a lighter player, especially if you have an old computer that has trouble loading certain programs.

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