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Damaged iPod headphone jack

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
My 3rd generation iPod headphone jack is starting to have issues. It doesn't make a good connection anymore. I have to play with it in order to get a good connection. It lasts for a while, but then it gets jostled a bit and needs to be readjusted again. Does anyone in Canada have any experience with the Apple repair program for the iPods? According to the Apple.com website if you send in an iPod to be repaired, they will replace it for $249US + $6.95 shipping fee. Does Apple Canada have a similar program?

Thanks,
Clutz
post #2 of 7
Yes, but it would be better to just buy a new one at that price. I suggest you open it up and see if there's anything you can fix (like a loose connection).
post #3 of 7
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Originally Posted by Bob_McBob
Yes, but it would be better to just buy a new one at that price. I suggest you open it up and see if there's anything you can fix (like a loose connection).
Yeah, buying a 30GB 5th Generation Ipod for $299 seems like a better deal than spending $249 to fix a 3rd Generation iPod.

post #4 of 7
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Originally Posted by GSTom1
Yeah, buying a 30GB 5th Generation Ipod for $299 seems like a better deal than spending $249 to fix a 3rd Generation iPod.


Yeah, I agree.
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
It does, except for a couple of points.

It says that they will replace the iPod for $249, not repair. So then a big question is, do they replace it with another 3rd Generation iPod for $249 (I somehow doubt that they'd have them around), or the lowest value iPod they currently have in their inventory (more probably), which would likely be a 20GB 4th generation iPod click wheel (non-colour).

Second, I have Macintosh computer, and I don't have a USB 2.0 port - only USB 1.1, and Firewire 400. So if I get a new iPod video, which isn't compatible with Firewire, I'll have to transfer all my music at the god awful 12Mbs.

Eeek.

Maybe it's time to consider another DAP?
post #6 of 7
Sell your current Ipod for ~$100 and buy a new 4G 20GB for $250. Use Ebay for both transactions.
post #7 of 7
Apple does actually keep a stock of refurbished older generation iPods, so chances are, you'll received a 3rd generation iPod for the replacement fee. If you are going to replace your current iPod with a new model, I suggest the 4G black and white one, as the color/photo models have issues with low impedance headphones out of the headphone output on things like solo piano music. This may not be an issue for you, though.

I still think it's worth opening it up and having a quick look to see if it's something you can easily diy (like a loose solder).
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