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Has anyone ever replaced an ipod battery?


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I've got an ipod classic, it's about 7 or 8 years old now. Runs and sound great as long as it's being powered in this ihome player I have in my kitchen, but if I travel with it, the battery dies in 30 minutes or less.

My husband took it the the apple store, and they said they don't replace batteries, but would give him a refurbished one for $60 with mine traded in. I nixed that, I don't know, I'm sort of sentimentally attached to this ipod, the poor thing has been dropped, it's scratched to heck, but it's always reliable, and I have a ton of music on it.

Tonight, he surprised me with a new IPod, which is totally sweet, but I'm not comfortable with him spending money on this, when all I think I really need is a new battery for my old one. Or i could go with the refurbished route.

I've seen some battery replacement kits online, and I know it will probably be a bitch to get into the ipod to replace it, but it must be doable, no?

Has anyone ever attempted this?

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I've performed open-case surgery on my iPhone and it wasn't mind-bending, but it sucked nonetheless. Once you pull all the screws, it turns into a mish-mosh of circuitry that takes incredible patience to put back together. Ultimately, I ended up biting the bullet and taking it back to the Apple Store where I begged one of the nerds to take mercy on my idiotic a$$. They sold me a refurb cheap.

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I've performed open-case surgery on my iPhone and it wasn't mind-bending, but it sucked nonetheless. Once you pull all the screws, it turns into a mish-mosh of circuitry that takes incredible patience to put back together. Ultimately, I ended up biting the bullet and taking it back to the Apple Store where I begged one of the nerds to take mercy on my idiotic a$$. They sold me a refurb cheap.

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Yeah, refurbed seems to be the better deal, but sheesh, it's just a battery. Why can't they make the battery more easily accessible. I know they want to sell more merchandise, but c'mon, it's a battery.

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Yeah, refurbed seems to be the better deal, but sheesh, it's just a battery. Why can't they make the battery more easily accessible. I know they want to sell more merchandise, but c'mon, it's a battery.

It makes it easier to engineer thinner/sturdier phones. Plus it would go against the Apple aesthetic to have a removable back to their products.

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Accept the gift and continue to enjoy your old one in the dock. Chances are, if you try to replace the battery, something will go wrong and you'll both lose your familiar old iPod and waste money on the battery kit.

That's what my Bob is telling me as well. I Love Bobs!

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I've got an ipod classic, it's about 7 or 8 years old now. Runs and sound great as long as it's being powered in this ihome player I have in my kitchen, but if I travel with it, the battery dies in 30 minutes or less.

My husband took it the the apple store, and they said they don't replace batteries, but would give him a refurbished one for $60 with mine traded in. I nixed that, I don't know, I'm sort of sentimentally attached to this ipod, the poor thing has been dropped, it's scratched to heck, but it's always reliable, and I have a ton of music on it.

Tonight, he surprised me with a new IPod, which is totally sweet, but I'm not comfortable with him spending money on this, when all I think I really need is a new battery for my old one. Or i could go with the refurbished route.

I've seen some battery replacement kits online, and I know it will probably be a bitch to get into the ipod to replace it, but it must be doable, no?

Has anyone ever attempted this?

I'm sure someone in your area purports to be an iphone/ipod repair specialist. They can put new screens on, etc. Replacing a battery is pretty easy for them. They've experimented on and taken apart a hundred other ipods before yours. Worth the $50 surcharge on top of a new battery cost. Even people who have taken scores of them apart take time to do it. Unless you value your time at less than $5/hour, and then being satisfied with a sub-par job ("well at least I got it to work in the dock again"), I'd do that or leave it alone.

Don't you have all your stuff backed up on itunes or something, so migrating all your music to a new or refurbished one should be effortless? I'm not an apple guy and will never again contaminate my computer with itunes (one-time mistake), but I thought that was how it worked.

Best of luck.

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Don't you have all your stuff backed up on itunes or something, so migrating all your music to a new or refurbished one should be effortless? I'm not an apple guy and will never again contaminate my computer with itunes (one-time mistake), but I thought that was how it worked.

Best of luck.

Unless you buy your music from ITunes, it's a real pain in the a$$ to migrate your entire playlist.

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I'm sure someone in your area purports to be an iphone/ipod repair specialist. They can put new screens on, etc. Replacing a battery is pretty easy for them. They've experimented on and taken apart a hundred other ipods before yours. Worth the $50 surcharge on top of a new battery cost. Even people who have taken scores of them apart take time to do it. Unless you value your time at less than $5/hour, and then being satisfied with a sub-par job ("well at least I got it to work in the dock again"), I'd do that or leave it alone.

You would think there would be some "Ipod techy type" that could do that, but I haven't found one. I was surprised that the Apple store techs themselves don't replace batteries.

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You would think there would be some "Ipod techy type" that could do that, but I haven't found one. I was surprised that the Apple store techs themselves don't replace batteries.

Bummer. It says on Apple's website that they'll replace it for a fee. But you have to send it in to them.

http://support.apple.com/kb/index?page=servicefaq&geo=United_States&product=ipod

Looks like it's $50-80 to replace the battery. Ridiculous.

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Bummer. It says on Apple's website that they'll replace it for a fee. But you have to send it in to them.

http://support.apple...es&product=ipod

Looks like it's $50-80 to replace the battery. Ridiculous.

But the thing is, they don't actually replace the battery. Their battery replacement plan is that you send them your Ipod, and they send you a refurbished Ipod for $50-80, and they keep yours.

Call me crazy, but I would have paid them $50 for a new battery, if I got to keep my own Ipod. I don't want to spend $50 to lose my original Ipod and get a used one, which will probably have battery problems in less time than a new one.

It just all seems silly.

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