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For the couple of weeks a whole bunch of the songs from my iTunes library stop early and skip to the next song (just as if it was at the end of the song). Although the point where it skips varies for each song (for one song it is 2:32, another is 2:46), it will always skip at the same point for each song.

A while back I ran BPMer and, although it crashed half way through, it did not appear to corrupt my music the way it is now.

A few days ago I backed up my iTunes library and reformatted my hard drive (for a completely unrelated issue) and reinstalled OS X from scratch. The problem was happening before and after the reinstall.

This problem also persists when the music is synced across to my iPod touch running 3.0. Listening to the same troublesome songs in my iPod causes them to end prematurely. However, I can listen to the whole song using Quicklook, so the problem must be with my iTunes library or something.

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Music options in iTunes inlcude a stop time. Ctrl-click->Get Info->Options will show you if these have be changed, perhaps by BPMer.

If that is the case, you can change the stop time in the info box for each song. If you don't mind losing play counts and ratings, you can re-import your music.

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They may have gotten corrupted because you played them while they were downloading. Delete them and then re-import them.

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I had exactly this problem. I checked the stop time. It was 1) not checked, and 2) it was the correct time for when the song should have stopped. The song was stopping about 10 seconds before. I had another song from the same album that also stopped short.

These were songs purchased from the iTunes Store, not ripped.

The same song played correctly to the end on another computer. I recently transferred my music to a new computer.

On a hunch, I wondered if something was corrupted in the iTunes library file (which is an XML file).

I deleted the songs from the library, leaving the files where they were (not putting them in the recycle bin). Then I dragged those two songs back into iTunes so they would be reinserted into the library.

Now they play perfectly fine!!

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Same problem here (not stop time related). A group of files imported together were stuck at 94 s. I reimported them: some worked, some didn't (at another time point). When converted from MP3 to AAC (using Audacity) and imported again, all worked. Seems one of these problems that are nearly impossible to track down... –  pesche Jul 1 '12 at 12:29

Maybe your files are not corrupted, and is this related to something completely different.

Could check the following:

in iTunes there is an option under preferences (tab 'playback') named 'Crossfade' See whether it is turned on. If so, turn it of and check again if songs stop early. I was confronted with this when I downloaded a new version of iTunes, even though the setting was not set before.

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I suspect that these files were corrupted (some meta-information iTunes and the iPod needs) in some way when you ran BPMer.

If the music was imported/ripped from an Audio CD, I would reimport/recreate the mp3 files from the original source.

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That is what i initially thought, but the problem arose a while after i ran BMPer –  David Pearce Jul 18 '09 at 8:49
    
Maybe iTunes at some point tried to "fix" something BMPer didn't break. –  splattne Jul 18 '09 at 8:54
    
I've had exactly the same song-truncation problem without using BPMer or any other third-party application. There seemed to instead be a connection to a failed iPod sync. I just plugged the iPod into the computer as always and received an error message in iTunes, but disconnecting and reconnecting the iPod appeared to fix the problem. However, several albums had truncated song times afterwards. These songs, which are from CDs and not the iTMS, are synced to two different iPods, by the way. –  David Kolar Aug 9 '09 at 1:17

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