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Strange sounding issue. Have you tested those earphones in anything other than the iPod? You could try those in any device that has an audio port, and if you do test those earphones that came with the iPod you will know they are not the problem.
When you hit the play button on a track, can you see the playtime updating, and the scrubber moving on the timeline to indicate it is playing? Or does something else happen?
You should check that the earphones are seated correctly, and try the volume buttons on the earphones and on the iPod.
If it fails we can try restoring you iPod to factory settings and trying again, let me know if you have any questions, thank you.
Then it appears like a software issue, with the iTunes library. It doesn't look like a problem with the earphones or any type of hardware issue. It just needs to be fixed in iTunes. Bear with me a moment please.
First please follow all 11 steps in this article in order.
Let me know if you have any questions on any of those steps.
When you've done all that with your iTunes library, it should fix any broken links within it.
Next you restore the iPod following these steps:
After doing both those things, set it up as a new iPod and not restore from a backup. Then sync some music from iTunes, and it should play. If not let me know. I'm here to answer any questions you have, just reply here.
have you had time to go through those steps? Let me know if you have any questions or more information.
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