Apr
02
2014

Turns out the new iPod has Siri on it.

Yup, the iPod that I bought with your generous contributions showed up this afternoon… which is good, because the old iPod decided to jump out of my hands this morning and say hello to the sidewalk.

I’m debating what to do about that, actually.  It will still work with a new glass cover, but replacing it is not cheap. At the same time, I don’t want to just casually throw it away. It seems… wasteful.

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7 Comments

  • Jeffstag says:

    You could do what I would do. Set it aside with the intention of replacing the glass cover then come back to it years later when it’s hopelessly out of date and you don’t feel so bad about throwing it away.

  • MichaelN21209 says:

    What would you do with a second iPod? Answer that, and your decision about the repair becomes clearer… I hope.

    • Moe_Lane says:

      I was originally going to either factory reset it and give it to charity, or remove everything that wasn’t kid-related and let my kids have it.

  • Luke says:

    I had a similar problem a couple of weeks ago. The optical disk drive on my XBox locked up.
    The problem was a small belt that probably cost the manufacturer under two cents.
    But you can only buy them in bulk.
    And because MS sourced its drives from three different suppliers, with different internal specs, getting the right ones requires quite a lot of faith in the attention to detail of the person you’re buying from. All of whom seem to have flunked spelling.
    And you have to open the box to do so, which requires specialized tools.
    And it’s strongly advised to just replace the drive if you’re going to all this trouble. (Make sure you order the right one! They’re not compatible.) But due to DRM, you’ll need some specialized software and cables to flash the new drive…
    At which point, I decided it would be cheaper to have someone else do it, and started looking around for someone who could. Nobody locally, it turns out. But MS was willing to take on the task for $100, plus shipping both ways. Insurance advised.
    But you can get a completely refurbished box that’s an upgrade from mine for that same price, with shipping gratis.
    Or you can get a brand new one for $75 more at the store of your choice, with no waiting and a full warranty.
    .
    I’m still annoyed at the wastefulness of it all.
    I’m currently trying to figure out which charity can actually fix my old box and sell it at one of their stores. That way at least some good comes out of it.

  • Herp McDerp says:

    It will still work with a new glass cover, but replacing it is not cheap.
     
    There’s another solution: Fix it yourself.
     
    http://www.ifixit.com/Device/iPod
     
    And these people show you how to fix any number of other useful items, too: http://www.ifixit.com/

    • Moe_Lane says:

      That is a legitimate answer; unfortunately, it’s outside of my skill set. I understand that the immediate answer to that is ‘extend your skill set,’ but I have a finite amount of lifespan and, shoot, that guy over there already learned how to do it and he needs to eat.

      • 1_rick says:

        Really? I don’t know about the iPod, because I’m too lazy to click Herp’s link, but I have a Galaxy Note II with a cracked screen (sob)(fortunately just the glass, not the digitizer or LCD) and the replacement parts consist of a new piece of glass ($5 shipped) and some 2mm-wide double-sided tape (also $5 shipped.) And judging from the videos, all it takes is a moderately-steady hand and half an hour or so.

        And eventually I’ll rebuy the tape, because I accidentally threw it out, and get around to actually doing the replacement.

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