My First Apple iPod, er HP
iPod (4th generation/clickwheel) was RMAed/Advance Exchanged 5 times in the first year-ish (they kept resetting the warranty so I'm not entirely sure) all with hard drive issues.
It's final death was when I had a lid pop off of a gargantuan soda in my car and soak it. (It however, rose from the dead after I disassembled it and rinsed several times with distilled water though some of the buttons still have a little "stick" to them, but it's still in service as my "Hot Spare"
This being during the holiday season ?2005?, and me being hopelessly adicted to listening to my music collection in my car, I had to resort to buying a 60 GB
5th generation (video) iPod because most of the stores in my area were completely sold out -- and the one that had some in stock only had the 60 GB
A few months later it developed a strange little tick -- it would say it was playing but no audio would come out and the track progress wouldn't be moving, so I took it to the Genius Bar at the local Apple Store and exchanged it on the spot (I think the official diagnosis was "Strange Shit"). That iPod had been with me until just a few weeks ago, though it's last several months it was really suffering and should have been put out of it's misery (sometimes requiring several resets to get it to boot, occassionally booting but not beleiving it had any music, etc.) -- I think this was also, ultimately, a hard drive issue, but every time I ran diagnostics they passed.
Finally it passed on peacefully one evening so the next morning I drove out to the Apple Store and got a 1st Generation 32GB
Touch to replace it. 1 week later, the 2nd generation Touch was announced and 1 week 6 days after getting my first Touch I exchanged it for a 2nd generation touch (they even waived the restocking fee)... that one has been with me for nearly a month now and I'm hopeful that it will have a long and prosperous life in my house -- and since there's no hard drive/moving parts I'm not too worried for now.
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