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An idea for iPod - user removable battery

“Almost every portable electronic device from flashlights, to laptops, to cellphones have easy to access batteries. For many of these devices you simply flip a latch, screw off a cap, slide open a compartment and low and behold you can easily replace the battery of the device with a fresh one. Seeing as my 1G iPod warranty expired about 2 years ago, I just had to open it. Conveniently, I found that the battery is indeed the furtherest item from the front of the device (This is true in all generations of the iPod, as iLounge has exposed). Why Apple can not make the outer case of the battery more durable and allow you to slip the battery in and out from either the side or top/bottom of the iPod is beyond me.”

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21

“furtherest?”  hmm..

Posted by dethbrakr in Tacoma, WA on January 23, 2004 at 1:57 PM (PDT)

22

OK, so
if your battery dies whilst under warranty, its replaced for free.
If it dies after warranty, then there’s no implications of opening and putting in a new battery yourself. Hell, i’ll do it for free if you want to ship you iPod’s over here.

Posted by Harrison in Melbourne, Australia on January 23, 2004 at 2:10 PM (PDT)

23

I’m with Dr. Webster (hey - the guy’s a DOCTOR, people) - Apple makes it difficult to replace the battery because they want you to pony up for the next model instead of buying a new battery to keep your old one going.  They’re clever folks - if they wanted to design a reliable, user-changeable battery, they’d do it.  But it makes bad business sense.

Posted by I, Claudius on January 24, 2004 at 3:32 AM (PDT)

24

Bad enough business sense that they’re laughing all the way to the bank!

  Oh no, uptight nerds are revolting that they can’t experience their ipod flying one way, their battery another, and some random fiddly bit flying a third if they ever drop their iPods!  noooooooooooooo!

Posted by Chuck Heston on January 24, 2004 at 12:38 PM (PDT)

25

“its only obvious!.....they’re all commies over there at Apple!!”

Surely Apples behavior is more akin to fat-cat capitalist bastards than communist!

I think a user replaceable battery would be a great idea.  As to all those naysayers, Trent’s article was merely an idea and surely the design gurus at Apple could come up with a solution - if they were inclined to.  The naysayers should be less quick to criticize in such a negative mannor.

Posted by YYWWVV on January 25, 2004 at 5:10 AM (PDT)

26

Would I love to buy an Ipod yes.
Will I bother no. Not while the battery is not replaceable. Interestingly the origingal Compaq Ipaq had a non removable battery which is now removeable in later models with HP in control. My Ipaq 2210 is my Ipod and heaps of other things as well and it’s colour. The way compact flash memory is increasing who needs an Ipod. Apple you sure know how to make cool stuff but how about some function over that fabulous form.

Posted by Triumph of form over function on June 19, 2004 at 11:50 PM (PDT)

27

Sony has an mp3 player (yes mp3, not atrac anymore) thats smaller than ipod, lasts 40 hours (up to) and REMOVABLE BATTERY. Its the sony nw-HD5.

HD5 > iPod

Posted by kamilmytnik.com on July 23, 2005 at 11:19 PM (PDT)

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