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I Pod's Dirty Little Secret...

Skipper

TRIBE Member
Seriously?!

Although, if you're the kind of person who buys an IPod, you're probably the kind of person who would buy a new toy before those batteries died anyways.
 
Now they claim video they created of their exploits is getting 50,000 hits a day, via ipodsdirtysecret.com. As of Wednesday afternoon the site was overloaded, having seen more than 186,000 visitors.

However, the brothers might have searched for a second opinion before taking to the streets -- as it turns out, it's possible to replace the battery for as little as $49 via third-party kits. Apple itself offers a battery-replacement service for about $106, including postage, with a 90-day guarantee on materials and workmanship.

Other iPod users have reported that the device's battery life diminishes with use, as is common for many rechargeable batteries. Unlike standard disposable batteries, the rechargeable power supplies used in the iPod and other high-tech gadgets do not come in standard form factors. Replacing the battery involves a tricky process of dismantling the gadget, but third-parties offer this service for around $70.

 
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starr

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by Dam That SnarkEE Kid
Now they claim video they created of their exploits is getting 50,000 hits a day, via ipodsdirtysecret.com. As of Wednesday afternoon the site was overloaded, having seen more than 186,000 visitors.

However, the brothers might have searched for a second opinion before taking to the streets -- as it turns out, it's possible to replace the battery for as little as $49 via third-party kits. Apple itself offers a battery-replacement service for about $106, including postage, with a 90-day guarantee on materials and workmanship.

Other iPod users have reported that the device's battery life diminishes with use, as is common for many rechargeable batteries. Unlike standard disposable batteries, the rechargeable power supplies used in the iPod and other high-tech gadgets do not come in standard form factors. Replacing the battery involves a tricky process of dismantling the gadget, but third-parties offer this service for around $70.

If you click on the link "A message from the Neistat Brothers" it will tell you this:

Our Message:

In September of 2003 the battery in my first generation ipod would hold a charge for no longer than one hour. I brought the iPod into the Apple store in Manhattan for repair and was told they do not currently offer a battery replacement program and my best option was to buy a new ipod. I then called the Apple Care 800 number regarding this issue and was told the same. I then sent my ipod to the Apple Executive office addressed to Steve Jobs with a note explaining my situation and requesting a replacement battery. The Apple Executive office contacted me via telephone to explain that Apple does not repair or replace dead ipod batteries and that it was policy of the company to recommend to the customer to purchase a new ipod when the battery fails. I then looked into and purchased a third party replacement battery, this battery was not endorsed by Apple. After the complicated installation my ipod did not work at all, even when it was plugged in. I then purchased a new ipod for $400.00.

In response to this my brother Van and I made the short film "iPod's Dirty Secret" After we finished production of the film, but not necessarily in response to it, Apple began offerring a battery replacement program for the ipod for a fee of $99 and an extended warranty for the ipod for $59.

We think Apple's new policy is fair. Our movie is a documentation of our experience.

-Casey Neistat
 

chipotle

Well-Known TRIBEr
I saw this in the newspaper aswell.. I talk to someone dude that has one and he said that the one he has is a third generation IPOD and although they are not totally excluded from the problem they are not as bad as the first generation models.
 

Chubbs

TRIBE Member
I've had a first generation iPod for 1 year now, and my batteries still hold a full charge for about 10 hours of play time. And I use my iPod ALL the time, never had any problems with my battery yet.
 

labRat

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by DaPhatConductor
http://www.ipodsdirtysecret.com/

Looks like the non-replacable batteries in an iPod are only good for 18 months, at which point you need $255 to replace it, plus a mailing fee...

Glad I don't own one...
thanks for coming out, a little more research than a single click of the mouse button will provide more info about how this is incorrect.
 
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feisty boy

TRIBE Member
coming up on a year and a half of owning my ipod. still holds the same charge it did when i first got it. probably the most used "toy" i've ever bought - i have not one complaint.

one person's negative experience spread across the web is not really too convincing to me.
 

chipotle

Well-Known TRIBEr
Originally posted by Chubbs
I've had a first generation iPod for 1 year now, and my batteries still hold a full charge for about 10 hours of play time. And I use my iPod ALL the time, never had any problems with my battery yet.
I hope it holds up for you.







The article in the news said that the guy had it for about 18 months before he started to notice a decline in battery capacity.

Could it be just a sporadic event??
 
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