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28th-Dec-2005 04:41 pm
My SECOND iPod just died. This was a replacement for my first iPod, which also died. Seems these delightful devices have a lifespan of SIX MONTHS almost to the day. My first iPod was a xmas present from hubby last yr and had to be replaced in June. To say I am LIVID would be the understatement of the century.
I have no doubt I will get a replacement for it - it's still under it's original warrantee and hubby had the good sense to buy extra on top of that - BUT I was (I don't think unreasonably) expecting to use it on the 2.5hour drive I'll be doing 3 days from now! In fact I was planning to buy a car attachment for it tomorrow...
Even if I got a replacement iPod tomorrow (which I know I won't because they'll have to send it back to the factory to prove that it can't be revived before they'll give me a new one, and that will take at least 2 weeks) I wouldn't have time to reload everything I had on it.

I had sincerely hoped that the problems I had with my first iPod were just bad luck - that I was one of the small percentage of folks who were unlucky enough to get a dud. I even gave both hubby and my 14yo son iPods for xmas - both the 20g photo versions. Son was beyond delighted and has barely been seperated from it since xmas morning. Hubby now wants to return his (which is still in it's box) and get our money back.
27th-Dec-2005 10:42 pm (UTC) - Death to the IPOD
Me too, mine died 5 months in. Won't turn on, won't recharge. Had to send the fucker in. And I'm off on a 6 hour drive to the cabin on thursday. I've heard of two other friends in my town who had there IPODs die too. It's ridiculous! When I pay about $300 for a piece of equipment, I want to rely on it for at least 5 years not 5 months.
27th-Dec-2005 10:58 pm (UTC) - Re: Death to the IPOD
When I pay about $300 for a piece of equipment, I want to rely on it for at least 5 years not 5 months.

Bloody oath! Mine cost over $500AUS so you can imagine I'm pretty damn pissed about it. It's particularly annoying because, if it was any other brand, the store I purchased it from would replace it immediately. Because it's Apple it has to go to Apple, then they send it away... blah blah blah... wait, wait, wait.

28th-Dec-2005 04:48 pm (UTC) - Re: Death to the IPOD
Because it's Apple it has to go to Apple, then they send it away.

This drove me absolutely *bonkers* when my first Apple Ipod Shuffle proved faulty (couldn't recharge at all, brand new). Typically I never purchase 'name brands', and stories like this vindicate that stance, but I got the Shuffle in a moment of weakness. The stores that sell you such things never tell you about the kafuffle you have to go to to get an Apple gadget replaced, having to dance to Apple's tune ... and it's something that just would never occur to one to ask. Arrrgh! Never again.

And then calling Apple up, and trying to bludgeon my way through the inevitable Indian accent ... double-arrrrgh.
27th-Dec-2005 10:49 pm (UTC)
This is why I didn't buy an iPod--i bought a Dell DJ mp3 player--20Gigs for a little more than half the cost of a 30Gig iPod (I bought it from Target.com online, and with tax and shipping it was $218 US). And it just FEELS sturdier than an iPod--it's got a metallic, if not actual METAL, exterior and feels quite hefty in the hand. Not heavy, just solid.

Apparently, my policy of not doing anything to make Steve Jobs happy is paying off. *g* Though I just got it last month, so I can't speak to its sturdiness. (It was my Christmas present to myself.)
29th-Dec-2005 05:32 am (UTC)
I thought you got a Shuffle! Anyway, my friend Fred has a Dell DJ too that he uses pretty much everywhere and at first he was happy with it because it was sturdy and he liked how it cost less and still gave him the tunes he wanted... until he dropped it getting out of the car and it's had issues ever since. Now, mind you, he's a PC IT guy and he can pretty much fix anything. He sent it back to Dell for them to take a look at it and they wouldn't do anything with it because they saw he dropped it and said it's not covered under their warranty. He had to pay $30 for shipping and $100 consultation fee because it a non-warranty issue and all in all has paid more for his 20gb player than I've paid for my Mini which is still working well, thank God. *knocks on wood for good measure* Hee!
28th-Dec-2005 02:37 am (UTC)
Eurgh. Ipods. I must say, I have a cheapish brand and it has served me well for a year and a bit now. It is the size of half a matchbox and hangs around my neck. Brand is Oregon and it holds about 100 songs. Its from Harvey Norman. No radio or anything fancy though.
Where are you driving 2 1/2 hours to? Have fun!
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28th-Dec-2005 06:01 am (UTC)
I've had an iPod for over a year, and I've never had a problem, nor have any of my iPod-owning friends (although I'm possibly jinxing myself by replying here). I'm sorry yours died. :(
28th-Dec-2005 07:50 am (UTC)

::Urgently does de-jinxing dance!!::
28th-Dec-2005 07:14 am (UTC)
And that, my friends, is why I won't purchase an iPod. I hear too many horror stories about them dying. I'll stick to lowly MP3 players...they are cheaper and I can gack the tunes from a share site.

I hate that this happened to you AGAIN!
28th-Dec-2005 07:53 am (UTC)
Ah, don't you hate that?! My first mini, which I got for my birthday last year, has been dead for about seven months now. I finally got around to replacing it last week, but then disaster struck and the new one took an unexpected fall and died. It was three days old. Normally IPOD people don't give you new IPODs when you drop them, but because it was Christmas the guy wanted to be nice and ordered me a new one which will arrive in two weeks. I go back to school in one. What am I to do on the bus with all the noisy asshats without my Windu to silence them? WOE! ANGST! DESPAIR!

Good luck with your trip though.
28th-Dec-2005 08:07 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear about your string of bad luck. I had bought my iPod Mini a week before going on my week-long beach vacation, only to have it die my first day there (lost all power and wouldn't recharge). However, I'm fortunate enough to live within minutes of TWO different authentic Mac stores (not just other stores licensed to sell knockoffs), so I took it straight in and they had it working almost immediately.

I asked my friends about why other stores like Best Buy sell iPods, and was told that these weren't actually manufactured by Mac, but by a licensed second-party--hence they're sometimes cheaper...and not as reliable. I'm wondering now if many of the folks having all these troubles are getting the knockoffs and not realizing it.

I'm selling my iPod Mini now, but not because I was unhappy with it. I just decided I was tired of having to swap music constantly and wanted a larger drive to hold ALL my music without spending so much time swapping and selecting, etc. I now have the iPod 60GB video and ADORE it!! (I already have 30GB full!)

Now, the fact that I dropped it in the parking lot the day after I bought it, and didn't notice it was missing until I was in the office--and then ran around in a dead panic for an hour until some soul blessed by God turned it in to Lost & Found...was MY fault! :^P (I still haven't recovered from that.)
28th-Dec-2005 06:15 pm (UTC)
Apple is too expensive here in Australia (literally twice the price of PC), and therefore has a very limited/exclusive type of clientelle, so there's like 2 Apple 'dealerships' (for want of a better word) in all of Melbourne, (a city of 4-5 million people) and none in the rest of the state at all. So 98% of iPods here are sold via the various electrical chains/approved suppliers. I really don't think Apple would be allowed to (or want to) put their label on something that wasn't their product.

The video version came out just after I'd bought the photo version for hubby, or I'd have seriously considered getting him one. Yet my son's friend has just come to visit and he has one, which he brought round for show&tell, and he hasn't been able to load any videos on it yet because apparently the software to load the videos must be purchased separately! Which I find outrageous. That should have come with the device!

I'm just working on loading as much as I can onto hubby's iPod at the moment (so I'll have SOMETHING in the car), so I'll have to see if there's a problem or special requirements for loading photos which don't come with it...
28th-Dec-2005 09:02 am (UTC)
And people used to call me crazy when I refused to buy one. I work at a service center and we get in 1000's, in a month. Granted some are in there due to customer error but a large percentage are defective. Sorry about your luck and I hope things get better.
28th-Dec-2005 09:44 am (UTC)
Wow. My sister's had an iPod for a year now and it still works beautifully, and anyone else I know with them still seems pretty happy to have them.

Are they shipping all the way in from the States? I wonder if it's an issue of which factory is making them or something.
28th-Dec-2005 11:34 am (UTC)
I had trouble with mine just the other day. I thought it had died, because it was completely unresponsive. I've had mine since September. Anyway, I went to the site, and followed their little instruction to leave it alone, and not to plug it into anything for twenty-four hours, and when I went back to it, it worked. You might try that if you haven't already.
28th-Dec-2005 05:55 pm (UTC)
Nope, it kept flashing the 'sad iPod' screen at me and the web addy for apple support. Is dead. :~(
29th-Dec-2005 05:28 am (UTC)
I've had my iPod Mini for about six months now and *knock on wood* so far so good. Of course, I'm also an avid Mac user, so forgive me if I'm not as PC-savy and give you inappropriate information.

Have you tried resetting your iPod? You can find the 5 R's here to help with iPod issues. I've never had any problems with sending things into Apple and one of the things I do love about their support is that they will replace it without cost, including shipping. I'm sorry you're having issues with your iPod and I hope this little tidbit of info helps.
29th-Dec-2005 06:19 am (UTC)
My friend Natalie had an iPod Shuffle, and she found out later that it was crap. Like almost *everybody* has trouble with that one, but the other versions are fine.
29th-Dec-2005 10:38 am (UTC)
Umm... Hi. This is totally random, sorry. I'm a lurker and occasional commenter from the HP fandom. (We have belovedranger in common.) I did not know that you did Star Wars as well, and I just stumbled across your website today through clicking a link from a link from a link. Er, right, my point. I love, love, love, love this one and thought I should tell you how fantastic it is. :)

Ok. I'll be going now. Nothing to see here.
3rd-Jan-2006 03:44 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. That's kind of odd. I've had my Ipod for 1 1/2 years and I use it about 5 hours everyday and I haven't had any problems out of it...
10th-Jan-2006 12:19 am (UTC)
Happy birthday, Leela :)
10th-Jan-2006 06:05 am (UTC)
Thanks!! :~)
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