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What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Mon Oct 13, 2008 7:03 pm

I am currently making funeral arrangements for my first iPod. The preset Apple life timer apparently has reached its mark. It was a 5G 30G iPod, lasted exactly 3 years.

Suddenly my iMac stopped recognizing the iPod. It has to be "ejected" on screen before disconnected manually from the USB. My PC will not recognize it either and simply says "hardware connected has malfunctioned". I took it to the Apple store and their display computers will not recognize it either.

I've tried to revive it, but nothing has worked. If anyone has any pointers that have worked I'd like to hear...

I've heard from other of iPods lasting literally days past the 1yr Apple warranty, so I feel slightly fortunate to have received a 3yr iPod. How long has your iPod lasted before croking?
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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Mon Oct 13, 2008 9:57 pm

My very first iPod mini is still going strong. My little cousin is now using it.  Smile
I bought that in August 2005, about a week after joining a.net coincidentally

My next one lasted me a year and a half before it was stolen.
It was beginning to freeze a lot and crash
So not really that much of a problem.

My latest one, the 80G version released late last year has done well so far, apart from a lot of scratches on the shiny side.

I reckon I'll give that one away too when I recieve the iPhone 3G later on this year  Smile

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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Mon Oct 13, 2008 10:21 pm

This might help:

http://www.methodshop.com/gadgets/ip...support/diagnosticmode/index.shtml

Its been 3 yrs...time to get a new one anyway  Wink
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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Mon Oct 13, 2008 10:34 pm

First mini, got for xmas 2005 battery went about 10 months later, got a new one, that one lasted until winter/spring of 2007 when I got a 5g 30gig, it actually still worked, so I put it up on ebay got 30 bucks for it  thumbsup  my 30gig is still going great, no problems.
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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Mon Oct 13, 2008 11:16 pm

my first was a Silver Ipod mini....it still works i just stopped using it.prolly 5 or 6 years..this year i got a 80 gb classic and a iphone....no need for the mini
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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Tue Oct 14, 2008 12:10 am

I had a mini lasted for like a year and a half....my nano is acting all wacky so I just got an iTouch yesterday. It is AMAZING.
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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Tue Oct 14, 2008 1:35 am

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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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Tue Oct 14, 2008 1:41 am

The HD on my first ipod died in warranty. The one on my second dies out of warranty so, as it was only about 1/3 as much to buy new than repair, I bought a new one.

In which both battery and motherboard had to be replaced - out of warranty....

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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Tue Oct 14, 2008 1:52 am

The first iPod I had was a 10GB mini-HD iPod and the HD died after a few weeks so it was under warranty.

I got a replacement, but it got stolen two years later. Worked fine, though.

The third was a first generation iPod nano 4GB. Still have it, still works. It's about three years old now.

My fourth and current one is an 8GB first generation iPod touch. Works admirably!

So of all the iPods I've had, only one proved faulty and it was one of the earliest generations. My brother still has a first generation (very first) 10GB iPod and it works, although he broke the screen when he sat on it.

All in all, my iPods have been and still are some fine examples of machinery!  Smile

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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Tue Oct 14, 2008 4:04 am

I have a 1st generation Nano 4GB that's two years old and still going strong. I'm thinking of replacing it, but that has more to do with the fact that I've run out of space on it.

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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Fri Oct 17, 2008 6:00 pm

My iPod nano (1st generation) is still working very well; It's been in pretty much daily use throughout and its battery has in fact declined noticeably by now, but still better than I could have expected. Its plastic shell has accumulated various smaller scratches but nothing that would impact its usability.

I still keep using it regularly, but now alternatingly with my new iPod Touch.  bigthumbsup 

If you've got a harddisk-based iPod (or other machine), please keep in mind, however, that harddisks are in fact very delicate mechanical devices which respond very badly to mechanical shocks. So I would never recommend anyone to use such a player while running, working out or otherwise moving around. In that case you need a flash-based one!
 
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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Fri Oct 17, 2008 9:11 pm

I have no idea as I left it in a hotel in AMS, so it may be still going strong. Unfortunately not in my hands tho  banghead 
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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Fri Oct 17, 2008 9:51 pm

Mine got swiped out of my car 4 days after moving into our current house. It may be working fine, but quite frankly I would rather it had blown up and taken that thief's eyes along with it.
 
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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Fri Oct 17, 2008 10:52 pm

My iPod Classic 80GB has been with me for nearly a year. Next Saturday it will turn 1. I will probably have for a few more months even another year or two before it gets replaced.
 
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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Fri Oct 17, 2008 11:27 pm



Quoting Bill142 (Reply 14):
tho I do occasionally hear some concerning sounds coming from the hard disk.

That is what happened to mine Ipod, and suddenly one day, it died. It lived for 2years.
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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Fri Oct 17, 2008 11:29 pm

had mine for about a year now. still going strong, tho I do occasionally hear some concerning sounds coming from the hard disk.
 
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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Fri Oct 17, 2008 11:54 pm

I've had three in the last year. All victims of my carelessness.
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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Sat Oct 18, 2008 1:18 am

My I Pod Nano (second version) is two years old. Months ago I replaced the I Pod headphones because they were falling apart. In one or two years I'll replace it with the newest I Pod Nano (blue colors) unless another I Pod Nano is released that looks better.
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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Sat Oct 18, 2008 4:30 am



Quoting Af773atmsp (Reply 17):
My I Pod Nano (second version) is two years old. Months ago I replaced the I Pod headphones because they were falling apart. In one or two years I'll replace it with the newest I Pod Nano (blue colors) unless another I Pod Nano is released that looks better.

I just went to Best Buy to get replacement iPod headphones - as I seemingly lost my original pair. $40 for the same headphones that come with an iPod...orrrrrrrrrrr you can get a new iPod Shuffle with the same headphones for $50. I opted for the $30 Sony in-ear headphones - which rang-up 20% off. Yippie! More comfortable and better bass than basic Apple ones.

Anyone have the Bose in-ear headphones? feedback?
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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Sat Oct 18, 2008 3:44 pm

I have an iPod 3G (20GB) from 2003 that is still working fine. The battery has long since been shot, but since I only use it in the car (which has a dock), is just fine for that.

My wife has a 2 year-old iPod Nano 2G (8GB) that is doing great, and I have an iPhone that is a little more than a year old that is also doing great.
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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Sat Oct 18, 2008 4:02 pm

I have a 30GB Ipod Video that I've had for over 2 years now. The contacts inside the headphone port are starting to wear, but other than that it still works well. I asked about it and they said they could replace the Ipod for $70 under a battery problem, but I'm just waiting until the thing cuts out altogether. I use it ALL the time, and the battery life is fading, but it's still going strong. It's been freezing sometimes on me lately but I think it's because of the updated software I put on it recently.
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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Sat Oct 18, 2008 5:25 pm

My first iPod mini 4gb I bought in 2006 I think and it is still going .... battery life ain't so good now though... barely an hour and a half of play time...

Last year I bought the 16gb Touch.. no battery issues there... now on to the iPhone 3g and the battery life is great so far.... on most days anyway...
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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Sun Oct 19, 2008 1:06 am

My first iPod was a 3rd generation (4 buttons + touch wheel) 10 gigabyte model. It lasted for the 1.5 or so years I had it (2005-2006?). When I saw an ad for a week long outlet sale near me and the 5th generation video iPod on sale for like $299 I sold my 10GB model and bought a 30GB 5G. Shortly after I bought a Contour iSee case which has taken the abuse so the iPod doesn't have to. It still is running strong after about 3 years! The battery life is fine at about 5-6 hours.
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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Sun Oct 19, 2008 5:14 pm

I've had my 80Gig classic for less than a year. It turns 1 year old on December 26th. Seems like it's ok...for now.

Quoting SAN787 (Reply 18):
Anyone have the Bose in-ear headphones? feedback?

I do. The sound quality is amazing!! They has lots of bass too. They cost me $152 + $30. I paid an extra $30 for an extra 2 year warranty. Expensive, but totally worth it if you compare them to other ear-buds. Once you go Bose you can't go back to anyting else. :P
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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Sun Oct 19, 2008 5:17 pm



Quoting SAN787 (Thread starter):
I am currently making funeral arrangements for my first iPod. The preset Apple life timer apparently has reached its mark. It was a 5G 30G iPod, lasted exactly 3 years.

Same Here. Except mine is 2 and 1/2 years old. Still Going Strong, Although Covered in Scratches, and it struggles to keep a charge, but i refuse to let go.  Smile
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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Sun Oct 19, 2008 6:04 pm

I have had my 30G 5G iPod Video/Classic since Christmas 2005. The headphones broke pretty quickly, but I replaced them with some of an old sony CD walkman, which were much better quality anyway, still going strong after nearly 3 years.
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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Sun Oct 19, 2008 7:34 pm

My 2nd Nano is still going after 1 year and 2 months and it looks brand new as I've really looked after it. This one is used for my car music and I bought the new 2G Touch while in USA a month a go.

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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Mon Oct 20, 2008 7:40 pm

I have a 40GB 4th Gen. iPod that I picked up in 2004, it's still going strong, though admittedly, my iPhone has moved in on its territory so to speak!
 
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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:01 pm

I was thinking of getting an iPod for when I go back to Germany, but so far, it's become even more unlikely since I got my Macbook. Maybe I'll buy one, but it would have to be either a classic, or one with a generous discount.
 
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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:08 pm



Quoting SAN787 (Reply 18):
I just went to Best Buy to get replacement iPod headphones - as I seemingly lost my original pair. $40 for the same headphones that come with an iPod...orrrrrrrrrrr you can get a new iPod Shuffle with the same headphones for $50. I opted for the $30 Sony in-ear headphones - which rang-up 20% off. Yippie! More comfortable and better bass than basic Apple ones.

Funny story about those headphones. summer before last, my ipod was acting up-sound was cutting out. So I bought it in and the tech first handed me a new pair of headphones to troubleshoot the problem. I could not get it to do it so he said that it was probably my headphones so I could keep those and off I went, flash forward to last winter, I was in SAN and I lost my headphones so I went to an apple store there and went to the genius bar asked if I could get a new pair of headphones, $29.95. When I explained that I was given a pair for free back home the employee replied "we recently changed our policy regarding headphones" Uh huh, sure.
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Tue Oct 21, 2008 4:18 am

I've buy a new iPod every two years. All four of them still work perfectly.
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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:54 pm

iPod Number 1: 4GB iPod Mini - December 2004 - August 2006 (1 Year, 8 Months). Battery went got to the point where I could only listen to it when it was plugged into the wall.

iPod Number 2: 30GB iPod - September 2006 - March 2007 (6 Months) Fell out my pocket in a taxi one night was never able to recover it.

iPod Number 3: 30GB iPod - July 2007 - October 2007 (3 Months) Sister was listening to it one day whilst cleaning the pool fell in that was the end of that iPod.

iPod Number 4: 8GB iPod Touch - December 2007 - October 2008 (10 Months) Headphone Jack was faulty and had been slowly deteriorating since July got to the point were i had to really fiddle with the headphones to get the sound working was under warranty and replaced by Apple.

iPod Number 5: 8GB iPod Touch - October 2008 - Current - My Current iPod




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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Tue Oct 21, 2008 1:43 pm

My iPod 1G 1gb Nano still works... it just won't sync. Tried using different cables to see if it was a bad cable. Tried it on multiple computers and multiple USB ports.... nothing. It will still take a charge if I use the 120V AC charger, just won't sync. I'd like to have an iPod where I can update my music, but I am in no hurry to replace it.
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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Wed Oct 22, 2008 3:18 am

Well I take back what I said about the contacts working well enough, I think it just finally gave out  Sad

Looks like I'll have to get it replaced
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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Fri Oct 24, 2008 9:21 pm

My 2G iPod Nano 4Gb is nearly two years old and it's still going strong. The only thing I've ever had to replace was the headphones (four times), although on my current pair it does have a tendency for the sound to go out in one ear if the headphone plug is moved slightly so not sure whether it's a headphone issue or the headphone jack.

Once that breaks I will be getting an iPod Touch.
 
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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Fri Oct 24, 2008 9:28 pm

My sister bought me an iPod in June 2005. It still works perfectly...but something is amiss. Whenever I plug it into a computer, the computer doesn't recognize the iPod. First I thought there is something wrong with the iPod, so I put it in disk mode and tried my luck. No dice. Then I wondered if it is my computer, so I tried it on another computer. Once again, same message.."Windows has detected an unrecognizable USB device" or something like that. The only other thing that could cause this mess is a faulty cable...which I am waiting for right now.

The iPod still works fine, it charges plugged into the PC or wall socket, and my iTrip still works. I just can't add or remove music or access any files I've stored on it...which is a pain in the ass!  Angry
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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:10 pm



Quoting N867DA (Reply 35):
The iPod still works fine, it charges plugged into the PC or wall socket, and my iTrip still works. I just can't add or remove music or access any files I've stored on it...which is a pain in the ass!

You could try to restore its firmware. Maybe that fixes it.
 
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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:19 pm



Quoting Klaus (Reply 36):
You could try to restore its firmware. Maybe that fixes it.

That was my thought as well, though a warning to the OP, IIRC restoring the firmware wipes everything on the iPod -- including any fies that may be stored on it (if those files are irreplacable, it may be possible to pull the drive out and use it like a "normal" hard drive with an adaptor cable)
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RE: What's Been The Lifetime Of Your IPod?

Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:43 pm

My 1st gen Shuffle that I got in December 2005 still works great.
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