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iPod battery settlement appealed

The settlement to the iPod battery class-action lawsuit, which was approved by a judge in August, has been appealed. Apple reportedly said that it did not file the appeal, but declined further comment. The appeal will delay the benefits owed to eligible iPod owners.

“On October 24, 2005, a notice of appeal was filed in the Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo, against the approved iPod Settlement,” reads a note on the settlement’s official website. “As a result, Settlement benefits will not be provided unless and until the appeal is resolved. This could take an extended period of time (up to a year or more). Until that time, Apple’s normal policies are in effect. Please check this website periodically for updates regarding the status of the appeal.”

Under the settlement, consumers who bought first- or second-generation iPods before May 31, 2004 are entitled to either $25 cash or a $50 credit at the Apple Store. Owners of third-generation iPods are entitled to a free replacement battery if their battery fails or a $50 credit. iPod owners who already paid to have their battery replaced can get up to half of that cost back from Apple.

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I purchased an Ipod Mini and a few accessories in June 2005. Within six weeks, my son began having battery trouble. I went back to the retailer (WalMart) and they said there was nothing they could do. Only when I asked did they even give me an 800# to call. That accomplished nothing except mounting frustration. I have my original receipt which at this point is as worthless as the Ipod Mini. I always thought Macintosh/Apple was a good “stand behind their product” kind of company. This has left a very sour taste in my mouth. Shame on them! I would certainly appreciate any advice that could be offered to help be resolve this injustice. Thank you!

Posted by P. Reick on November 18, 2005 at 6:33 PM (CST)


^Wait, you bought it from Walmart? I don’t think Apple ever sold iPod minis through Walmart, only HP did. Apple isn’t accountable (and rightly so) for HP’s rebranded versions of the various iPods.

Posted by dino on November 18, 2005 at 7:05 PM (CST)


apple has # on there site ant http://www.apple.com/support
you can send in your ipod
on there web support site there is an option to send it in an they wil (most likely depends if they find it broken and if it is a defect or if u did it…  yea!)
got my fixed there,(((replaced the whole thing, nice no scraches, know i know how to take care of it, not one scrach in 6 mounth ever)) LETS GET BACK ON TRACK! well i dont think my new one lasts 4 hours to, i would reconment the soil for a second battery. its awsome!! it charges from the sun or wall, can chare it to the ipod or the internal battery inside the soilo.!!! cost $100, worth it. Great for Florida w/ hurricanes.
good luck
i hate hurricanes
like gamma commin the same path as wilma :) GREAT the east side of fl.
lets have some turkeys ham and hurricanes,

Posted by Hurricanejon on November 18, 2005 at 7:09 PM (CST)


Apple should be, since there made it stil.

Posted by BENTON on November 18, 2005 at 7:16 PM (CST)


Not only did Apple sell minis through Wal-Mart, they still have silver ones in stock at my local store.

As for the person with the problem, it should be possible to get the mini replaced through Apple if it fails a battery test according to their rules.

Posted by Code Monkey on November 18, 2005 at 8:03 PM (CST)


Does this settlement apply to me in the UK? My 3G is barely able to play 2 albums before dying. Sometimes I don’t even get an hour out of it.
I’d buy a new one but I don’t want video and I don’t see the point shelling out up to a quarter of the cost of a new iPod to keep my existing one ticking over with it’s tiny 15GB

Posted by Chris Matchett on November 18, 2005 at 8:24 PM (CST)


Yeah…Apple didn’t file this.


Apple shoudl change their slogan to “Apple Computers: Screw you, you already paid for it dummy.”

Posted by stark23x on November 18, 2005 at 9:39 PM (CST)


“Apple isn’t accountable (and rightly so) for HP’s rebranded versions of the various iPods.”

That’s insane.  Apple is the manufacturer.

Posted by stark23x on November 18, 2005 at 9:41 PM (CST)


If you bought it in June 2005 it’s still under warranty so you’ve got nothing to worry about.  I’d suggest contacting AppleCare and not WalMart because they WILL replace it under warranty if it’s a legitimate battery issue.

Posted by SJR on November 18, 2005 at 10:30 PM (CST)


Mini battery sucks, mine gets barely 4 hours.

Posted by PimpyMicPimp on November 19, 2005 at 1:01 AM (CST)


wow thats really good news too bad i smashed my mini with a sledgehammer out of frustration. My mini 3g was only lasting me like one song.

Posted by Andy on November 19, 2005 at 2:28 AM (CST)


Why did it take almost a month for the notice of this appeal to get public? And why don’t we know (aren’t courts and court records public, within reason) who filed the appeal? Interesting that this hasn’t been commented on yet…..

Posted by jimlat on November 19, 2005 at 9:50 AM (CST)


And just think if the iPod ran off of a set of AA batteries or a 9-Volt then nobody would be having these problems. But I guess we’ll just have to wait for the iPod design team to get a FLASH OF INSPIRATION to find out what those of us who are SMART CONSUMERS already know: BATTERIES THAT ARE EASILY-REPLACEABLE BY THE USER (SUCH AS AAs or 9-Volts) ARE BETTER THAN INTERNAL BATTERIES.

Posted by Jack on November 20, 2005 at 2:29 AM (CST)


Hey i got a 4th gen. ipod last year for christmas and the battery failed about a month or so ago so i called apple and they sent me a brand new ipod for free!!!

Posted by Rob on November 20, 2005 at 12:00 PM (CST)


Nothingwrong with interneal batteries as long as they are easy to get to, as in a mobile phone. I am sure Apple thought they were going to make lots of money replacing the batteries. I have just replaced the battery on my 3rd Gen Ipod with a Nu Power one. It came with a little kit to open the ipod and full instructions.It goes without saying it was a lot cheaper than the Apple option. It was quite easy to do and has the added advantage of offering more battery life than the original ipod battery.

Posted by Ray Robinson on November 20, 2005 at 12:10 PM (CST)


who else but Apple would be appealing this?

Posted by Lawrence Mikkelsen on November 20, 2005 at 3:35 PM (CST)


Strange to appeal a settlement you agreed to. Apple knew they were being dirty rotten scammers back then by not telling people upfront their $500 “toys” were disposable. So they should just suck it up & pay the money.

Posted by I Luv My Pod on November 20, 2005 at 7:17 PM (CST)



Update December 22, 2005

On December 20, 2005, the appeal filed by individual objectors to the Settlement was dismissed and the Settlement is now Final. This means Apple and the Settlement Administrator can move forward with claims administration and claims fulfillment.

Deadlines relating to claim submissions have not changed. Class members should comply with the claim filing deadlines identified by the Settlement. For Generation 3 iPods, the claim form submission must be postmarked within two years of the original product purchase date. The deadline for submitting Generation 1 and Generation 2 iPod claims expired on 9/30/05.

Posted by drinfinity on December 24, 2005 at 9:03 PM (CST)

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