Autofill and Bookmarkable AAC on Shuffle

Written by: Adam Christianson

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I received this question from listener Ted:

Have you ever tried using the Autofill method of transferring content to your iPod Shuffle? I have found that these files are ignored. If you drop the file directly onto the iPod Shuffle icon (in iTunes) or drop a playlist containing these (.mp4b) onto the icon, everything works as expected. However if you were to specify the same playlist (containing 1 or more bookmarkable aac files) in the “Autofill” dropdown, these files are skipped when you “autofill.” At least for me.

Have any of you experienced this? Does anyone know why this might be happening?

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  1. Kieran | Mar 29 2005 - 04:07

    I haven’t heard about this issue with the Shuffle, but I have experienced this (and read of others on the Apple iPod Support board with similar issues) with my 4G 20GB Clickwheel iPod… constantly requiring reboot when I load up with long bookmarkable AAC files (read PodCasts).

  2. Cuzog | Apr 01 2005 - 09:19

    Shouldn’t the names be .m4b not .mp4b? I don’t have a shuffle but maybe that is the cause. They are supposed to be compatible.. Clearly the Autofill is looking for different parameters than the ipod itself is looking for to determine compatibility.

  3. Luk | Apr 06 2005 - 10:02

    Actually, this is a “feature” of the autofill option. It is intended to keep audio books from taking up all the room on your Shuffle. Just remove some songs from your Shuffle and add the bookmarkable AAC files manually (I like to then move them to the start of my list so I can easily find them by hitting the play button 3 times, in the play in order mode). Hope this helps.