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iPod NOT again 
15th-Mar-2006 09:14 am
Can we say 3 out of 4?

That's how many iPods have up and died on us in this household now.

Yes, unbelievable as it may seem, my SON'S iPod has ceased to be. He went to bed with it working. Turned it off to sleep, got up the next morning and... iPod wouldn't turn on, won't react to being plugged into the comp or power... dead as a dodo.

He got it for xmas. A 20gig iPhoto. It didn't even make 3 months. And now we have to jump through Apple's ludicrous hoops to get a replacement. *sigh* We still haven't got the replacement for my replacement!! *headdesk*

I swear I'm starting to take this personally.

And now I'm wondering how long the iPod I'm currently using (the one I gave hubby for xmas) will last...
14th-Mar-2006 02:28 pm (UTC)
Dell DJ. 20 gigs for about 2/3 the price of a 20 gig iPod. It's not a video player, but it is utterly reliable--I've had mine for months, and it hasn't given me a lick of trouble.

(This is why I don't buy Apple products.)
14th-Mar-2006 02:43 pm (UTC)
Well, despite almost being a pre-requisite in the grapics industry, I certainly can't see myself buying an Apple computer any time soon. Their computers cost twice the price of PC in Australia, and my confidence in their product is... pretty much non-existant.

And the thing with the non-apple mp3 players here is that the Apple really is better value. (or SEEMS that way) For an extra $50-100 you can buy a 20gig iPod as opposed to a 3gig non Apple.

When my first iPod died, I thought I was just unlucky. When the replacement for that died, I was outraged. And now my son's has died... yeah, not happy.
14th-Mar-2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
have you thought of getting an mp3 player at best buy or circuit city and getting the protection plans they offer? i had it on my last mp3 player, which didnt work as well about 9 months after i got it. the plan was for 2 years, so i just sent it in and they sent me a CC gift card for what I paid. I went back and got another.
14th-Mar-2006 02:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, all my iPods have died WELL within the warrantee, plus, I bought extended warrantees on them. Apple will replace them. But the thing that really pisses me off is that I can't just go to the store I bought it from and have them give me a new one. It has to go to Apple, be shipped off to their repairers for 6 weeks, and then be replaced if they decide it's their fault.
And it takes HOURS/days to load music etc onto the bloody things. I still haven't loaded everything I had on my first iPod because I just don't have the time, and I'm afraid I'm just going to lose it all again.
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14th-Mar-2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
I think it's planned obselescence

It is. However, it should even out soon. They planned the obsolescence to kick far too early. There's a balance involved. The consumer has to believe the product's "had its run" before it gives up the ghost.

Three months? Seems like Apple can't even cheat properly.
14th-Mar-2006 02:55 pm (UTC)
It's horror stories like these that make me stay away from iPods. That's why I have an iRiver. It has it's problems, but every problem it's gotten I've fixed on my own. Usually I just have to run a database refresh or just restart it. And it's pretty quick about uploading; I just use WMP.
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No, I was not paid by iRiver to say that.
14th-Mar-2006 03:05 pm (UTC)
*pets Leela*
That's why I refuse to buy one. Don't have the deisre to have one, either. I'll stick with a walkman.
14th-Mar-2006 03:07 pm (UTC)
That's so strange. I know loads of people with iPods and only one of them ever had a bit of trouble and Apple corrected that on the phone. I have alway bought Apple products. I've never had a computer virus. I've never had a blue screen of death. I've never lost a moment's productivity. Weird. Still, if I were you, I'd try the Dell. One of my friends has one and likes it.
14th-Mar-2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
It's not just Ipods, my Mp3 is dead as a Dodo, I have to remember to take it to Harvey Norman for a fix!
14th-Mar-2006 03:31 pm (UTC)
my roommates 4th replacement ipod died after a month :P uwterghhh
14th-Mar-2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
You may have tried this, but my iPod froze a couple of weeks ago and it worked. Hold the middle button and the menu button with seperate hands and wait to see if an Apple appears on the screen. It worked for me.
14th-Mar-2006 05:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, thanks anyway, we tried that. :~\
14th-Mar-2006 03:42 pm (UTC)
Mmm. Everyone I know who has ever had an Ipod has had trouble with it (and trouble getting replacements) so I tend to stick to regular old MP3 players. I'm only on my second one, and I only had to get rid of the first because I pulled it out of my bag and whacked it accidentally on the side of my bed!

If you're going to get another portable music player, I'd certainly suggest something less flashy (and cheaper)...
14th-Mar-2006 05:26 pm (UTC)
The thing is, here in Australia, the other brands are not that much cheaper. In fact, by gigabyte, they're probably more expensive. :~\
14th-Mar-2006 03:57 pm (UTC)
Ugh, iPods. I'm on my fourth right now. It seems to be holding up, but it doesn't like it when I listen to my Harry Potter audiobook for too long.

Good luck with it though.
14th-Mar-2006 05:35 pm (UTC)
How does it tell the difference between an audio book and music??

I play the audio books all day on mine (while I paint usually) and .... ohgod, dare I say I haven't had a problem yet? I haven't, but then I have had 3 iPods die... admittedly, none of them were playing the HP audio books at the time but....
14th-Mar-2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, im sorry for that. I had a Silver mini and than I got the Harry Potter ipod not too long ago. What kind of ipod do you have? and how old is your son??
14th-Mar-2006 05:24 pm (UTC)
My son is 14. I had the older 20gig click wheel (I think), the 2nd of which is being replaced. I gave my son and hubby each a 20gig iPhoto for xmas. My son's has just died and my husband's is the one I'm currently using...
14th-Mar-2006 04:38 pm (UTC)
God, that's just wrong. And the other mp3 players out there suck, at least for the most part. :-(
14th-Mar-2006 05:19 pm (UTC)
maybe you have a weird magnetic field or something around your house
14th-Mar-2006 05:21 pm (UTC)
I've wondered about that more than once. ;~P In my more paranoid moments...
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