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Get a new iPod for free (almost)!

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

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Late last year, Apple issued a recall on their first generation iPod Nano. It seemed crazy to me that a five year-old iPod was being recalled, but who am I to argue at such a thing? I happened to have had one of these and I can relate my experience in getting it replaced.

The first step is to follow the instructions on the iPod recall site to see if your iPod qualifies. Assuming yours does, fill out the necessary information so Apple can send you a return box. Then wait. In my case, I had to wait about three weeks before the box showed up. Unfortunately, there was no status update for me during this time to let me know the box was on its way. I just showed up one day.

After you’ve sent it back to Apple, the status will eventually change to let you know they’re determining a course of action. more info

Again, in my case, it took about three weeks before they sent my replacement.

I’d read a couple of articles around the time I sent mine in to suggest that I’d get an identical unit as a replacement. This would have been fine. I’d basically get a battery refresh if that was the case. However, I got a current (sixth generation) model instead. This increased the capacity from its original 4GB (then, the top of the line) to 8GB (the current entry level). I was disappointed to find the address book and calendar functions were not present on the new model. I relied on these quite heavily and I would need to find some other way (or buy a different iPod).

On the plus side, there are a number of companies which make watch-bands so you can use your iPod Nano as a high-tech watch. I’ll probably be getting one of those in the not too distant future.