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What do the iPod shuffle’s lights mean?

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By Jerrod H.

Contributing Editor, iLounge
Published: Friday, March 4, 2005
News Category: iPod Usage

Your iPod shuffle has two LED lights on its front side - one orange and one green - that indicate what it is doing.  On the rear of the shuffle, there is another set of colored indicators for battery life.  Here’s a quick guide to interpreting them both (a reference card is also provided in your box):

Front Light

  • Flashing Orange:  Connected and mounted.  Do not Disconnect.
  • Solid Orange:  Charging / Not mounted.  Ok to Disconnect.
  • Flashing Green:  Paused.
  • Solid Green:  Fully Charged.
  • Flashing Green/Orange:  No music or some other problem:  Load music, cycle the iPod on and off, or restore your iPod.
  • Solid Green on button press:  Normal operation… a simple indicator.
  • Solid Orange on button press:  Hold is active.  Deactivate it by holding Play/Pause.

Rear Light  (Active only when button has been pressed)

  • Green:  Good Charge
  • Yellow:  Low Charge
  • Red:  Very Low Charge
  • No light:  No Charge

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