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IPOD Battery

Discussion in 'Headphones, Earphones & Portable Music' started by conington, Jan 16, 2004.

  1. conington

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    I was getting very close to buying myself an IPOD until this morning .... Sitting on the train a guy was telling me that there were several articles going around yesterday stating that the battery is only good for 1000 hours and that there were no facilities in Europe that are geared up to change the battery.

    Has anyone heard of this and if so what is the full story?
     
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    That's pretty much the long and the short of it. Some users of 1st gen iPods are finding that the battery wont hold charge.

    Apple have announced a battery replacement programme ($99, I think), that's currently only available in the US. It's on it's way to Europe.

    More info here.

    Cheers, Carl.
     
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    there are places online that you can buy a replacement battery, and the fitting of it is not that hard, no soldering needed or nothing, if thats a worry..
     
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  5. conington

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    Thnaks folks, you've eased my concerns.
     
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    There was also a firmware issue on the original iPod that resulted in incomplete charging (or was it shutdown before complete discharge?) A firmware upgrade was provided to fix this. If your iPod plays AAC then I think you will definitely have new enough firmware.
     
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    I was also worried about this and nearly backed out of purchase, but couldnt resist. Glad to read that the perhaps I can replace battery myself. The instruction suggests you shouldn't try it. Ipod itself is great though.
     
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    it's not 1000 hours but 1000 full charge cycles, the battery lasts about 8 hours on a full charge.

    I am now on my second ipod (not a bad thing just upgraded from an old style 10GB to a new 40GB) and i've had no problems with either of them.

    The ipod used a rechargable battery and all rechargable batteries have a limited life of about 1000 charges. That's recharging it from empty 1000 times, if the battery isn't completely empty and it's topped up rather than fully recharged then it doesn't use up a complete charge cycle.

    The only isssue I have with the battery is that 8 hours isn't long enough for me (I listen to it ALL day) so I run mine for the most part from 4 AA rechargable batteries in a Bellkin powerunit built for the ipod. these 4 AAs can last me 2 days.

    get one, you won't regret it. The ability to carry your ENTIRE music collection around with you is superb. I have nearly 5000 songs on mine and there's still over 16GB free space.
     
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    You know that the ipod battery issue has been raised in Parliament by an MP - here's the link.
     
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    I'd love an Ipod but only have a pc. It's a pentium 3 600 so I dont think anything on it will allow me to connect an Ipod. I'm sure ii only have usb1.0.

    Any ideas on what I could do. Save buying one of the gorgeous Imacs?
     
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    Buy a firewire card for next to nothing. A pIII 600 should be fine with iTunes etc, provided you've a recent enough version of windoze running (XP, 2000 or newer).

    Cheers, Carl.
     
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    I'm knacked then. I only have Win 98SE.
     
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    Firewire will work fine with Windows 98SE - it must be 98SE or later though.
    An alternative to the iPod is the iRiver iHP-120 that has a 20Gb HDD and connects via USB2.0 (USB1.1 will work, but is fairly slow) and costs £244.99 from Amazon. The battery is rated at over 16 hours playback. There is also a new 40Gb (iHP-140) version and an old 10Gb (iHP-100) version.
    You can add USB2.0 or firewire (or even both on a single card) for around £20.

    Mark.
     
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    Just to clarify .. the XP or 2000 requirement was for iTunes, not firewire (or USB2).

    Personally I'd chuck yer PC and get one of those gorgeous powerMacs :zonked:
     
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    Can you use MusicMatch?

    Personally I really, Really, REALLY would love a Mac. Specifically the 20" iMac but its £1700 with hardly any reductions anywhere. Very expensive compared to PC's.
     

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