iPod’s Dirty Secret (Quicktime video) tells the story of a 18-month-old iPod with a dead battery. Apple will fix it…
This guy bought an iPod about 18 months ago and the battery is now dead. Apple charges about $255 to replace the battery. So he goes around and adding this info to iPod posters. The battery saga is not cool but:
a) iPod runs on essentially a laptop type battery. It will lose its ability to recharge over time, as do PDA’s, mobile phones and laptops.
b) There are other options for when your babys battery dies, you are not at Apples mercy. Yes opening your iPod means you kiss your warranty kaput, but unless you’ve bought Apple Care, iPod probably aint going to die within warranty time (1 year).
The article I’ve linked up the top of this entry has some links worth checking out including this one www.ipodbattery.com.
This is something Apple should look at, either dropping the price of replacement batteries (somehow), or making DYI kits available. Or maybe this is something Sony could look at as the internal batteries are Sony. They’ve just missed out on creating something iPoddy so they might as well capitalise on the accessories.
Some other iPod accessories worth checking out is the back up battery by Belkin. With this baby you can power your other baby with 4 AA alkaline batteries, for about $70. Nice one.
Another stroke of genius is this baby, the Belkin iPod Media Reader. You can transfer images from your digital camera to your iPod on the go so you can free up more room on your camera. Now this is a fucking must have if you’re like me and carry both iPod and digital camera everywhere you go, and it’s $200. Yes another fucking nice one.