August 26, 2005 12:12 PM PDT

Judge OKs settlement in iPod battery suit

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A Superior Court judge in San Mateo County, Calif., has given final approval to a settlement that will compensate iPod owners whose music players' batteries failed to hold a charge.

A preliminary settlement was reached in May. Under the terms of the deal, buyers of first- and second-generation iPods with battery issues who bought their iPods on or before May 31, 2004 can get either a $25 check or $50 in credit at an Apple Computer store.

Those who bought third-generation iPods on or before May 31, 2004 can either get a $50 credit or send their iPod back to Apple and have the battery fixed or get a replacement device.

People wishing to file a claim must have their paperwork postmarked by Sept. 30. For extended warranty service on third-generation iPods, buyers have until Sept. 30 or two years from the date they bought the iPod, whichever is later.

Additionally, customers who paid Apple to repair their first-, second- or third-generation iPod battery within two years of purchasing the device are eligible for a refund of half the cost of such repairs. Until recently, Apple charged $99 for those fixes, though the company now offers service for $59 via its Web site.

Under terms of the deal, battery failure is defined as a device whose battery charge has dropped to four hours or less of continuous play in third-generation iPods and five hours or less in first- and second-generation devices.

"This is a very good settlement in that it gives consumers with defective batteries what they need--to have the battery of their iPods replaced, and in some cases the whole player," Steve Williams, one of the lawyers that brought the suit, said in a statement on the Web site of his firm, Cotchett, Pitre, Simon & McCarthy.

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Gentlemen, start your engines
It is now 1:15 PM PDT. I predict by 4:15 PDT this thread will be filled with Microsoft Lemmings gleefully talking trash about Apple, and Apple Addicts angrily tossing curses at the Microosft Lemmings.

Time for me to grab my popcorn and sit back and watch the festivities. :cool
Posted by R. U. Sirius (745 comments )
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Hmmmmm
7:37 PDT.

Where are the lemmings and the fanatics?

hehe, I know what you mean though, any onther time it would be
chaos,...
Posted by corelogik (680 comments )
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Stereotypes suck
Way to make stupid generalizations.

As a .NET developer, I can tell you as a member of our community that we love iPods, have our own Macs, and are thrilled about the switch to Intel.

But hey, whatever makes you think you get it.
Posted by Jeff Putz (302 comments )
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Gentlemen, start your engines
It is now 1:15 PM PDT. I predict by 4:15 PDT this thread will be filled with Microsoft Lemmings gleefully talking trash about Apple, and Apple Addicts angrily tossing curses at the Microosft Lemmings.

Time for me to grab my popcorn and sit back and watch the festivities. :cool
Posted by R. U. Sirius (745 comments )
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Hmmmmm
7:37 PDT.

Where are the lemmings and the fanatics?

hehe, I know what you mean though, any onther time it would be
chaos,...
Posted by corelogik (680 comments )
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Stereotypes suck
Way to make stupid generalizations.

As a .NET developer, I can tell you as a member of our community that we love iPods, have our own Macs, and are thrilled about the switch to Intel.

But hey, whatever makes you think you get it.
Posted by Jeff Putz (302 comments )
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New 100+ hour per charge iPod battery
Even with a brand new internal iPod battery i'm still not going to get the length of run time I want. As a result, i'm planning on picking up a brand new 100+ hour per charge iPod external portable battery pack from batterygeek.net.
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New 100+ hour per charge iPod battery
Even with a brand new internal iPod battery i'm still not going to get the length of run time I want. As a result, i'm planning on picking up a brand new 100+ hour per charge iPod external portable battery pack from batterygeek.net.
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100+ IPOD external battery on owellpower.com only cost you USD34.
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