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Message #1 - Posted 2003/12/05 - r@y

My son has been given an iPod for his birthday and tells me he has heard that the batteries only last about 18 months and cost a fortune to replace. Since there is no obvious way into the device, he may be right. Or is he?
Does anyone have any experiences to share please?

It's the first time I've had the opportunity to handle one and I have to say it's a very impressive piece of kit.
I wish it was my birthday.

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Message #2 - Posted 2003/12/05 - David Kennedy

r@y wrote:

My son has been given an iPod for his birthday and tells me he has heard that the batteries only last about 18 months and cost a fortune to replace. Since there is no obvious way into the device, he may be right. Or is he?
Does anyone have any experiences to share please?

It's the first time I've had the opportunity to handle one and I have to say it's a very impressive piece of kit.
I wish it was my birthday.

There was a thread on this very subject a few days ago. Try a search on google. I think they are expensive though.

Message #3 - Posted 2003/12/05 - r@y

David Kennedy wrote:

r@y wrote:

My son has been given an iPod for his birthday and tells me he has heard that the batteries only last about 18 months and cost a fortune to replace. Since there is no obvious way into the device, he may be right. Or is he?
Does anyone have any experiences to share please?

It's the first time I've had the opportunity to handle one and I have to say it's a very impressive piece of kit.
I wish it was my birthday.

There was a thread on this very subject a few days ago. Try a search on google. I think they are expensive though.

Found it, thanks. I don't read all the threads, sorry. But it looks like the information is correct :-(

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Message #4 - Posted 2003/12/05 - Marc

r@y wrote:

Found it, thanks. I don't read all the threads, sorry. But it looks like the information is correct :-(

I've had my iPod a year now and its going strong. *Touches wood* but I certainly wont be getting a new one when it does go wrong, I'll get a USB based device, something cheaper. The Nokia 3330 and N-Gage play AAC files AFAIK so I might just get one of them.

Unless apple release iPods with batteries that are easy and cheap to change.

Marc

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Message #5 - Posted 2003/12/05 - Woody

r@y wrote:

David Kennedy wrote:

r@y wrote:

My son has been given an iPod for his birthday and tells me he has heard that the batteries only last about 18 months and cost a fortune to replace. Since there is no obvious way into the device, he may be right. Or is he?
Does anyone have any experiences to share please?

It's the first time I've had the opportunity to handle one and I have to say it's a very impressive piece of kit.
I wish it was my birthday.

There was a thread on this very subject a few days ago. Try a search on google. I think they are expensive though.

Found it, thanks. I don't read all the threads, sorry. But it looks like the information is correct :-(

$50 for a DIY kit, $70 to get someone to do it for you or $99 to get $99 to get it done by Apple. Doesnt seem that excessive.
Mine is just over 1 year old now and doesn't show any battery problem yet.

Woody

Message #6 - Posted 2003/12/05 - r@y

Woody wrote:

r@y wrote:

David Kennedy wrote:

r@y wrote:

My son has been given an iPod for his birthday and tells me he has heard that the batteries only last about 18 months and cost a fortune to replace. Since there is no obvious way into the device, he may be right. Or is he?
Does anyone have any experiences to share please?

It's the first time I've had the opportunity to handle one and I have to say it's a very impressive piece of kit.
I wish it was my birthday.

There was a thread on this very subject a few days ago. Try a search on google. I think they are expensive though.

Found it, thanks. I don't read all the threads, sorry. But it looks like the information is correct :-(

$50 for a DIY kit, $70 to get someone to do it for you or $99 to get $99 to get it done by Apple. Doesnt seem that excessive.
Mine is just over 1 year old now and doesn't show any battery problem yet.

In the UK? That $99 will probably be £99 here.
I suppose we could always send it over to my daughter in NY to be done.

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Message #7 - Posted 2003/12/06 - A.lee

On Fri, 05 Dec 2003 21:03:35 +0000, Woody wrote:

r@y wrote:

David Kennedy wrote:

r@y wrote:

$50 for a DIY kit, $70 to get someone to do it for you or $99 to get $99 to get it done by Apple. Doesnt seem that excessive.
Mine is just over 1 year old now and doesn't show any battery problem yet.

$99 to get it fitted? That really is too much. Even $50 to DIY is too much.These batteries are probably very similar to Mini disc rechargeables, which are available easily for less than £10.
Alan.

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Message #8 - Posted 2003/12/06 - Jim Taylor

A.lee wrote:

$50 for a DIY kit, $70 to get someone to do it for you or $99 to get $99 to get it done by Apple. Doesnt seem that excessive.
Mine is just over 1 year old now and doesn't show any battery problem yet.

$99 to get it fitted? That really is too much. Even $50 to DIY is too much.These batteries are probably very similar to Mini disc rechargeables, which are available easily for less than £10.
Alan.

Also, they give you a different iPod to that which you send in (unless yours is engraved):

from <http://depot.info.apple.com/ipod/>

"NOTE: iPod equipment that is sent in for battery service or service requiring other repairs will be replaced with functionally equivalent new, used, or refurbished iPod equipment. You will not receive the same iPod that was sent in for service."

Jim

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Message #9 - Posted 2003/12/06 - Bella Jones

Jim Taylor wrote:

A.lee wrote:

[snip]

Long essay on the iPod here, via NTKnow. It's NYT tho, so you might have to registrate. I could cut + paste + email if anyone's desperate...

http://news.google.com/news?q=%22The+Guts+of+a+New+Machine%22

Message #10 - Posted 2003/12/06 - PeterD

A.lee wrote:

On Fri, 05 Dec 2003 21:03:35 +0000, Woody wrote:

r@y wrote:

David Kennedy wrote:

r@y wrote:

$50 for a DIY kit, $70 to get someone to do it for you or $99 to get $99 to get it done by Apple. Doesnt seem that excessive.
Mine is just over 1 year old now and doesn't show any battery problem yet.

$99 to get it fitted? That really is too much. Even $50 to DIY is too much.These batteries are probably very similar to Mini disc rechargeables, which are available easily for less than £10.

Absolutely, but there is a precedent in massive profit-making from "consumables". How about $30 for a small plastic box containing 3c worth of liquid chemicals?

And not getting your own iPod back sucks. Apple should realise that Apple product users DO get quite anthropomorphically attached to their computers, and probably to their iPods too.

Pd

Message #11 - Posted 2003/12/06 - Wayne Stuart

PeterD wrote:

A.lee wrote:

On Fri, 05 Dec 2003 21:03:35 +0000, Woody wrote:

r@y wrote:

David Kennedy wrote:

r@y wrote:

$50 for a DIY kit, $70 to get someone to do it for you or $99 to get $99 to get it done by Apple. Doesnt seem that excessive.
Mine is just over 1 year old now and doesn't show any battery problem yet.

$99 to get it fitted? That really is too much. Even $50 to DIY is too much.These batteries are probably very similar to Mini disc rechargeables, which are available easily for less than £10.

Absolutely, but there is a precedent in massive profit-making from "consumables". How about $30 for a small plastic box containing 3c worth of liquid chemicals?

And not getting your own iPod back sucks. Apple should realise that Apple product users DO get quite anthropomorphically attached to their computers, and probably to their iPods too.

Unless yours has been scratched to hell and covered in coffee stains in the button creases. Not that mine is, but if it was, the replace with another might seem like a good deal.

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Message #12 - Posted 2003/12/06 - Simon Stuart

Woody:

$50 for a DIY kit, $70 to get someone to do it for you or $99 to get $99 to get it done by Apple. Doesnt seem that excessive.

Exactly. What do these people want: blood? And 18 months is a long time in gadgetdom ... right now I imagine I'll try to fit a new battery myself, but I *bet* within two years I've bought a 100GB iPod. Or something.

Mine is just over 1 year old now and doesn't show any battery problem yet.

<Succinct recap of my own story> My old 5GB blah battery still going strong blah shame I dropped it blah twat blah usual tedium blah.

S

Message #13 - Posted 2003/12/06 - r@y

Wayne Stuart wrote:

And not getting your own iPod back sucks. Apple should realise that Apple product users DO get quite anthropomorphically attached to their computers, and probably to their iPods too.

Unless yours has been scratched to hell and covered in coffee stains in the button creases. Not that mine is, but if it was, the replace with another might seem like a good deal.

True.
And in some cases it might even come back with a better selection of music.

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Message #14 - Posted 2003/12/06 - Wayne Stuart

r@y wrote:

Wayne Stuart wrote:

And not getting your own iPod back sucks. Apple should realise that Apple product users DO get quite anthropomorphically attached to their computers, and probably to their iPods too.

Unless yours has been scratched to hell and covered in coffee stains in the button creases. Not that mine is, but if it was, the replace with another might seem like a good deal.

True.
And in some cases it might even come back with a better selection of music.

Impossible! :-p

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Message #15 - Posted 2003/12/08 - zoara

r@y wrote:

My son has been given an iPod for his birthday and tells me he has heard that the batteries only last about 18 months and cost a fortune to replace.

Memes are dangerous things.

-z-

I am seeking "Mapmaker" by Johnny Gogan on VHS in the UK http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0294703/ Anyone seen this available to buy anywhere? Can't find it.

Message #16 - Posted 2003/12/08 - gp

zoara wrote:

Memes are dangerous things.

That ain't no meme. That's just post-accumulative neurosis.

~/ireland/dublin

Message #17 - Posted 2003/12/09 - r@y

zoara wrote:

r@y wrote:

My son has been given an iPod for his birthday and tells me he has heard that the batteries only last about 18 months and cost a fortune to replace.

Memes are dangerous things.

Are you trying to start one?

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Message #18 - Posted 2003/12/12 - zoara

r@y wrote:

zoara wrote:

r@y wrote:

My son has been given an iPod for his birthday and tells me he has heard that the batteries only last about 18 months and cost a fortune to replace.

Memes are dangerous things.

Are you trying to start one?

No. I think http://www.ipodsdirtysecret.com/ beat me to it, at least according to the evidence in this thread.

-z-

I am seeking "Mapmaker" by Johnny Gogan on VHS in the UK http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0294703/ Anyone seen this available to buy anywhere? Can't find it.

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