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I have noticed that iTunes will sometimes corrupt the odd song in my music library. By "corrupt", I mean that the song seems to get truncated half way through. The metadata (specifically song length) stays accurate, but the song will just quit (and the iPod goes to the next song) after, say 2 minutes or so.

I am sure it is happening on my computer because:
1. I notice that the song is corrupted on my iPod,
2. I then go back to iTunes and listen to it there, and it stops in the same place.
3. I then sync another iPod and the song is also corrupted there.

I am pretty sure it is not a hard-drive problem because:
1. It has happened on two different computers.
2. It has happened on my current computer both before and after I moved my iTunes library to a Network Storage Device.

My only recourse when this happens is to remove the song from my library and replace it (either buy it again or re-rip from my original CD).

Has this happened to others? Any idea what might be causing the problem and how I can avoid it?

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Your "end time" might be getting changed. See this question.

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Try reinstalling iTunes.

How to reinstall iTunes

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Right click on the files and double check that you haven't set the end time of the song before the actual end time. I did this countless times when I was creating .m4r ringtone files for my iphone that can only take 30 second long clips.

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I am guessing baseballboy is right (and got a +1 from me), however have you tried doing any "remove DRM from iTunes or convert iTunes formats to mp3" programs lately?

I did the second to allow my blackberry to see the music, only to find out that the software I was using only was able to covert the first 3 minutes or so. Luckily I had backed up the music beforehand, but it was a mess.

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Just to be clear, there is no DRM on iTunes music anymore. –  Richard Hoskins Aug 18 '09 at 18:01
    
Right, but all of the music you bought when there was, has it. –  RiddlerDev Aug 18 '09 at 18:03
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Yes. Unless you took advantage of the upgrade offer. Be that as it may, a lot of people still think that iTunes music is protected, and conflate that with the fact that it is AAC instead of MP3. I am not suggesting that you are doing that. I just want everything to be clear. –  Richard Hoskins Aug 18 '09 at 18:12
    
Good point. No worries mate, just wanted to make sure you did not think I was completely clueless. :) –  RiddlerDev Aug 18 '09 at 18:34
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