Q: The plastic plate on the bottom of my iPod mini has fallen off, and I’ve lost it. I’d hate to have to replace my iPod for something so simple; if I could just find a replacement part, it’s obvious that I could easily pop it in myself. Do you know of any sources for replacement iPod parts?

– Lauren

A: Several companies do indeed offer replacement iPod parts – of varying complexities and prices – for self-service repairs. Simply browse through the “Repair” companies listed in iLounge’s Company Directory to compare their offerings. As a quick example, iPodMods offers precisely the part you’re looking for for $10.