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December 30th, 2009

My iPod May Live Forever

My iPod is four years old. I mistakenly thought it was five years old. But I’m starting to think it’s going to live for a long, long time.

I replaced the battery on it earlier this year – a cost-savings measure, frankly, versus buying an iPod touch. But the touch beckoned. “Buy me! I’m only about 10 times what you paid for that battery!” And I was tempted. But the iPod still worked just fine and did all I need it to do, really.

Then my wife went to play some music from it and… nothing. The screen was frozen in time from 7:48 the prior night. It was unresponsive. No magic button presses revived it. The iPod touch was behind it. I’m sure it was. “I’m cheaper than ever! You just got a gift certificate from Amazon!” it said.

When I brought the iPod back in the house last night, though, a quick press of the menu button brought it back to life. Its battery was nearly depleted, but it worked fine. While the iPod touch was angry, my wallet remained content.

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COD December 30, 2009, 9:44 pm

I’ve owned my iPod mini since 2004. Still works just fine.

Dave Walls December 31, 2009, 9:08 am

My iPod is now going on 3 years old. (80Gb iPod video, non-touch). With all the flying and traveling I did with my last job, combined with the fact that I’m a bit on the clumsy side, I’m amazed my iPod works as well as it does. Only once have I had to do a complete restore from iTunes.

Despite the fact that I’ve dropped it about 100 times in a crowded airport, it looks and works great…minus a few scratches on the metal backside of it. All the more reason I’m scared to upgrade. One drop, and it’ll probably be all over with.

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