How to Know When Your iPod Has Died


An iPod was not designed to last forever. For heavy iPod users, a battery life of 18 months is typical. For those who do not use the audio player frequently, a much longer time may elapse before the iPod dies. There are several ways to check if the iPod has died before trying to replace the battery. As of October 2010, Apple stores are able to replace the battery for about $100 if that is what is causing the problem.

Things You'll Need

  • iPod USB cord
  • Computer
  • Connect the USB charger cable from your computer to your iPod.

  • Check your iTunes account to see if the iPod files come up in the main menu.

  • Check if the Apple icon comes on the main screen of your iPod.

  • Try to reboot the iPod. Each version of the iPod has a different way to be reset. Refer to the Apple support website if you are unsure how to reset your particular iPod.

  • Update your iTunes software and your iPod software via the Apple website. Old software may be incompatible with the audio device and fixing the problem can be as simple as updating the software.

  • Verify that the iPod is not on hold. This can prevent the device from turning on.

  • Try a different USB cable or an iPod charger to make sure that the reason the iPod won't charge is not because of a faulty cable.

  • Bring the broken iPod to an Apple store and ask them to verify that the iPod has died. If it has died, you can either choose to get a new iPod, or inquire about getting the battery on your current iPod replaced.

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