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Apple offers iPod Battery Service for $99

Apple is now offering a Battery Replacement program that includes iPods over a year old. “Battery Service: $99.00 USD: labor, parts, and a 90-day guarantee on materials and workmanship, plus $6.95 shipping. $105.95 USD total.” This service is not yet available for Europe. Check this FAQ for more information on cheaper battery replacement alternatives.

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I found out about Apple’s Out-of-Warranty service when I cracked my 5GB iPod’s headphone jack. Figuring this was a simple part swap, I contacted Apple and was directed to the AppleCare iPod page ( http://www.info.apple.com/support/applecare_products/service/ipod_service.html ) which told me it would cost me $255 to replace a jack!
I scoured the web and thankfully found PDASmart ( http://www.pdasmart.com ). They have port repair for $55 and they also do battery replacement for $59 (do-it-yourself kit) or $68 (mail-in service).
Because they saved me $200 (which I wouldn’t have spent on repair - I would have bought a new iPod), I figured I’d spread the word about them.

Posted by AndrewY1 on November 14, 2003 at 11:22 AM (PDT)

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I guess it’s like this. You’ve bought an iPod for 2-3 times a “realistic” market price.

Apple (along with Belkin, Griffin and so on) now figure it’s easy to part you from lots of your money and so you’re fair game for this kind of thing.

$500 for just a music player?!?!? You *deserve* Apple’s Out-of-Warranty Service.

$30 in-warranty “shipping charge”? WTF?

$100+ to replace a battery?!? WTF?

Posted by wtf on November 14, 2003 at 1:19 PM (PDT)

3

yea, wtf, wtf?

What’s wrong with you? wtf?

Don’t you have anything constructive to do? wtf?

Why not get a job? wtf?

Have you priced out 1.8” hard drives lately?

I have bought 2-3 iPods for exatly their market value. wtf?

Posted by Thankswtf on November 14, 2003 at 2:30 PM (PDT)

4

“I have bought 2-3 iPods for exatly their market value.”

I have a bridge in Brooklyn that you may be interested in purchasing…

Posted by ftw on November 14, 2003 at 2:37 PM (PDT)

5

I recomend buying your iPod at Best Buy and getting 2 year service plan for $30.
So when you start to see your battery going bye-bye you just take it back to the store.
Not only that they will repair it, they will give you new one!

Posted by Nemesis in Lexington, KY on November 14, 2003 at 3:23 PM (PDT)

6

“This service is not yet available for Europe.”

Is it just me, or is anyone else getting annoyed by the frequency with which this line keeps appearing?

Posted by Gidds in UK on November 14, 2003 at 3:25 PM (PDT)

7

The iPod is the typical overpriced Apple #### with poor Q.C. and horrible service costs.

Posted by stfu on November 15, 2003 at 8:13 AM (PDT)

8

Just how much do you people think a 30gig mp3/ACC
player should cost? Get a clue.

Posted by videoman on November 15, 2003 at 11:53 AM (PDT)

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“Just how much do you people think a 30gig mp3/ACC player should cost?”

Well you know, one of the problems with comparing the iPod with other players is that it’s hard to find a player with as limited functionality as an iPod.

But for a nice 30GB one that also does recording and FM built-in, and with a 15 hour battery, I’d expect to pay around $300.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0000B005N/

If I spend around $100 more, I get a player with full-color screen that plays and records video as well as audio, and reads in camera cards.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00008VFCU/

How much is a video iPod? Oh, I forgot, there aren’t any! But don’t worry, there are a lot of choices just around the corner…

Archos AV
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00009XFVT/

Archos GMINI
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0000UJH36/

FlashTrax
http://www.smartdisk.com/Products/DigitalMultimedia/FlashTrax.aspa

Vosonic
http://www.vosonic.co.uk/vmp3h.html

Sony GigaPocket
http://www.i4u.com/article821.html

Avias MEC
http://www.iavias.com/eng/product-mec-deluxe.htm

MP3OK Jukebox ET970
http://www.mp3ok.com/et970.htm

GenSoc MJB-3100
http://www.gemsoc.com.tw/pro_mjb3100.asp

Top 10 Multimedia Players
http://www.i4u.com/article688.html

List of Personal Video Players
http://shanebrinkmandavis.com/homepage/JBMM/Competition/

Posted by frenetic on November 15, 2003 at 2:21 PM (PDT)

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Frenetic (and others): If features are all you care about, if being able to tick them off is important, then I don’t think you’re not the sort of person the iPod is aimed at.

The iPod, like most Apple products, is not designed to have a great feature list, nor to compete well against other products’ tick lists, nor to impress, but to work and to work well.  It’s designed to give people a great experience when they use it, to do what they’ll actually find useful rather than what sounds cool, and to do that in a simple, friendly way and in style.

How many people buy a music player because it can record video, or even play video?  How many ever use some of the more advanced features on other players?  How many will ever use even a basic feature like recording?  (I would, but I know I’m in a small minority.)  The iPod works because it does one thing, and does it very well.  That’s not just about a list of features, it’s about the user interface and ease of use, it’s about integration with your desktop machine and its software, it’s about attention to detail in the little things.

If you’ve used an iPod for any length of time, you might see why so many people like them.  I’m not saying you would; as I said, I don’t think it’s designed to do what everyone+dog wants.  But I hope you’d see that there’s good reason for its popularity, and that lack of exotic features doesn’t necessarily make it a bad choice for most people.

Posted by Gidds in UK on November 15, 2003 at 2:52 PM (PDT)

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“features are all you care about, if being able to tick them off is important”

Youy’re right. I also care deeply about getting the best sound quality possible.

That’s why I sold my 2G iPod and got a Zen—to coin a phrase, you can really hear a pin drop!

The increase in audio output quality is nothing short of remarkable. Apple must really be cutting corners with the iPod compoonents, or has the 3G got improved S/N?

Posted by phrenetic on November 15, 2003 at 3:32 PM (PDT)

12

jeez, get a life…nobody wants to listen to you cry ya lil diaper jockey…

Posted by BurtIsEvil on November 16, 2003 at 1:37 AM (PDT)

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i thaught this was an ipod-fansite? on topic: i’m happy with the new battery-service. 100$ is a lot of money but now we are sure it’s gonna be a good replacement!

Posted by Angelo on November 16, 2003 at 9:46 AM (PDT)

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Not necessarily an iPod ‘fan site’ as such - I guess we’re users (or prospective users) and so we can discuss any faults as well as good points.  But yes, I really can’t see why people bother coming to this site if all they’re going to do is throw abuse around…

So.  Back on the approximate topic: what sort of battery life do folks get from their iPods?  I’ve only had mine a couple of months; how does the battery life decrease over time?

Oh, and one related question: do an other iPod users find that if they haven’t used it for a few days, it does a cold start (with the Apple logo)?

Posted by Gidds in UK on November 16, 2003 at 2:31 PM (PDT)

15

I have not been happy with the cost of my IPOD
But then again I am not happy about the cost of anything
Apple is a business!!
If you want cheaper repairs go elsewhere.
If you want apple repairs pay extra - not always worth it
If you want cheaper memory and hardrives they are easy to find
My only significant problem with my IPOD has been a cracked connector - my fault
I have dropped the device a hundred times - sometimes on concrete without a holder.
I have dented the corner, etc and it still works!!
It has also replaced my USB drive for transporting data
It has been popular with M$ abusees
It should be cheaper
And by the way, the sound quality has improved mostly due to better MP3 ripping - I cannot comment on recent stuff

Posted by BAP on November 16, 2003 at 5:00 PM (PDT)

16

The $49 bucks I spent on a 4-year warranty through Best Buy now seems like the greatest thing ever…

Posted by PoolsharkCMB on November 16, 2003 at 5:38 PM (PDT)

17

Anyone want some cheese to go with their whine ?

Posted by mark on November 17, 2003 at 8:38 AM (PDT)

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“This service is not yet available for Europe.”

I really wanted to buy a 3G ipod. I dream about it everyday.
I downloaded i-tunes for PC, it works so well, and it is so simple!. (I hate devices with 1000applications and buttons, my days are complex enough..)  that I even considered to buy a Mac…
But after your comments about ipod battery life…
How much does it last? 1 year? 6 months?.
Should I pay 349-549€, (410-640 dollars) for a device with a best before date?
Is apple laughing at us?...a 100 dollar Battery Service?? and you are happy with it? How often would you need to use it?
well, at least you can get it fixed everytime the battery fades.
I donīt even know what could I do here in Europe (Spain) if the battery fails.
I will think it twice before buying an ipod…but i will keep on dreaming about it!!

Posted by gon on November 19, 2003 at 10:11 AM (PDT)

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My iPod is 2 years old and it still retains power. I got one of the first so it is a 8 hr battery, and it seems to last longer than that. I use it all the time, especially when driving, and at night to lull me asleep.

Posted by the veg dude in San Francisco on November 20, 2003 at 7:29 PM (PDT)

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