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Tips for Troubleshooting and Repairing the Top Three iPod Repairs

Aug 17, 2007
There are two ways to handle just about any repair for your iPod. You can either repair iPod yourself using a Do-It-Yourself Kit, or have a professional iPod technician complete and guarantee the work for you. Read about the pros and cons associated with the top two iPod related repair issues and what to look out for in the process.

Screen Repair

The leading cause of an iPod in need of repair is a broken or damaged LCD screen. Even though the iPod may still work with a cracked, scratched, or broken screen, this severely reduces the usability and aesthetic appeal.

If you were one of the first to get the iPod Nano, you may be entitled to a free replacement. After numerous complaints, Apple admitted that a small number of Nanos (less than one tenth of a percent) were shipped with faulty screens due to a manufacturing problem.

For the rest of us, there's the choice between a do-it-yourself replacement screen or professional repair. Apple has engineered many of its new products specifically to be customer friendly when it comes to repairs. By doing a search for "iPod LCD screen repair" you'll find kits for all models of iPods that can be ordered online for between $79 and $149.

Those who aren't comfortable opening their iPod and replacing the screen themselves can opt for professional repair. It's important to choose a company that specializes in iPod repair. Some companies offer a free diagnostic check for your iPod. If your iPod was damaged in a fall and you're not sure if there is additional damage beyond the screen, this may be the best option. Although a little more expensive than a do-it-yourself kit, you won't risk causing additional damage to your iPod during the repair.

Battery Replacement

Replacing a battery seems simple enough until you take into account that iPod isn't designed to be opened easily. Opening the iPod to change the battery can damage the devise if you're not using the proper tools. The battery used by the iPod generally lasts about 500 cycles. For an average iPod user, this equates to about one year of use.

As time passes, your battery will hold its charge for shorter periods of time and need to be charged more often. You can find a battery for your iPod at Best Buy, CompUSA, Circuit City or online store. The service professionals can help you find the right battery for your model. You can also download your model's instruction manual on Apple's website for reference.

Many iPod owners opt to leave battery replacement to a specialty iPod shop. Apple offers a battery replacement service for $59, a reduction in price from their original $99 price. Specialty iPod repair shops often offer incentives with battery replacement, including lifetime Platinum Battery Program where you get a free yearly battery replacement for as long as you own your iPod.

There are a few simple tips for getting the longest lifespan from your battery. Make it a habit to let your iPod charge long enough to obtain a full charge which takes about 4 hours. Charging the battery for short periods of time repeatedly can reduce the battery's lifespan. Turning off unnecessary features such as the backlighting and the equalizer will also extend the battery life. Compressed songs that are 9 MB or smaller take the least effort for iPod to cache, also reducing the power needed from the battery.

Apple has made it simple for iPod owners to make choices about how they prefer to handle their repairs. No matter your choice, it's important to verify that the place where you purchase your part or have your repair done specializes in iPod service.
About the Author
The author is a freelance copywriter. For more information about ipod repairs and ipod parts, visit www.iPodMods.com.
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