My 1st Gen iPod. Dead.

Original iPod

Hah. What do you know? Old farts die eventually. And the venerable 1st generation 5GB (with its much publicised battery deficiencies) is not spared. Lest mine. It’s been a trusty companion, my iPod. Bought it brand new and cheap way back in 2002. Whoever said the battery lasts 18 months, eat your heart out!

But alas, it IS dead. For good. It complained of low power this morning when I tried to power it up, so I brought it to the office (where I sync it with my office G5) to be charged. Weirdly, it didn’t power up. And it didn’t auto-launch iTunes. And no indication of whatsoever of any charging commencing. Weird.

So as of 5.45pm, November 18 2005, I pronounce my iPod – D-E-A-D.

I actually had plans to purchase the NewerTech iPod Replacement batteries, available via their online store, in the States. With up to more than 78% more capacity as compared to the Apple stock battery, the Lithium Polymer-based batteries are rated up to 2200mAh, as compared to Apple’s 1200-1230mAh.

Looks like I’ll be placing an order real soon! Just USD34.95, not a bad deal really.

My hands were itchy, and proceeded to rip my iPod apart to remove the old battery. View pics below 🙂

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The iPod, powered by a Sony battery! No wonder! OEM Sony batteries tend to fcuk-up, whether on cameras, notebooks or other digital devices. Retail versions seem far better.

Oh well. Out with Sony, in with NewerTech!

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