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December 15, 2006


My iPod died yesterday.

As it's no longer covered by warranty, the repair would cost €261. A new iPod costs €289. I am not willing to spend either amount, especially not the former as that would be a very stupid thing to do.

My unwillingness to buy a new iPod is mostly due to the fact that I recently spent a lot of money to publish those books of mine and thus my bank account is not looking pretty. As also decided to remove Messages from the Lost Continent from their catalogue (for unknown reasons), there is also no chance of it becoming a surprise best seller, so I'll probably have to live with that hole for a while.

Can I live without an iPod? Unless Santa Claus is bringing me one, time will tell, I suppose.

(In slightly more uplifting news, I can announce that the bookshops phil and Shakespeare & Co. both have Messages and The Happiest Guy in stock now.)

Update: It seems that even if I had the money, buying a new iPod would be pointless because both my computers are too old to allow a current iPod model to be connected to them. Meaning I'd have to buy a new computer first. Which in turn means that having my iPod repaired, even though it's ridiculously expensive, may be the cheaper option after all.

Posted by Horst on December 15, 2006 12:00 AM to the body electric | Tell-a-friend
Volker Weber said on December 15, 2006 04:18 PM:

Ich habe hier noch einen 20 GB iPod mit Firewire, Fernbedienung, Kopfhörer, Gürteltasche und Griffin iTrip. Mach mir ein Angebot, das ich nicht ablehnen kann, und er ist Dein. Falls Du Dir um den Akku sorgen machst, hier gibts einen für 30 Euro:

sabine said on December 18, 2006 06:43 PM:

how sad, horst! how old was yours? do I have to worry about mine? what went wrong?

Horst said on December 19, 2006 12:52 PM:

It was two years old, and I have no idea what went wrong, but my best guess is that the hard disk broke. If that is the case you don't have to worry because your iPod doesn't have a hard disk.

Macsico said on December 20, 2006 12:51 AM:

As Volker pointed out, a battery failure might has happened as well. This is the most common iPod problem after two years of constant usage.

My own iPod mini (1st Generation) is now nearly two years old and acts sometimes weird due to battery aging. Hopefully it will survive by just replacing the battery pack ...

Horst said on December 20, 2006 11:51 AM:

What my iPod does is: I press a button, the Apple symbol appears as if it's starting up, then nothing changes for about 15 seconds, then the "Sad iPod" symbol appears on the display. Attempts to reset, restore, or bringing the iPod into hard disk mode have failed. All I get is a Sad iPod symbol, whatever I try.

Macsico said on December 21, 2006 01:35 PM:

Sad iPod? Hmmm ...

(5 mins later)

Following the Apple KB article #61771, it seems that the hard disk indeed is broken. Time to call your local Apple dealer ...

(tried to post the direct link but was caught by the spam filter ...)

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