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iPod Reloaded, Part III: It works!

They could rebuild it. They have the technology.

And happily they did, and for a reasonable price, too. While my iPod Mini, fixed and upgraded from a 4GB harddrive to an 8GB flashdrive (so more reliable, twice the space, and longer battery life) technically arrived in Lincoln, Nebraska on Friday, the slowness of UNL’s internal mail system kept it from me until this morning. But it came. And I was delighted.


iPod

The well-packed iPod Mini was rapidly recovered, and worked fine out of the box. (iFixiPodsFast installed a test song, presumably under a creative commons license, so that you can see whether or not the machine works before you hook it up to the computer.) I pluged it in, had iTunes synch a 7GB playlist I created, and waited while the songs transfered. And even on a nice USB connection, 7 GB is a lot of songs.


iTunes

I then copied over the podcasts I listen to, and tested out the iPod Mini. It worked perfectly.

While I had one class in the evening, I spent a lot of time today just walking around, enjoying my repaired & improved iPod mini.


iPod Reloaded, a tdaxp series
1. A Shot in the Dark
2. Broken, Fixed, Upgraded
3. It works!

iPod Reloaded, Part II: Broken, Fixed, Upgraded

Last time, I mentioned that I was sending in my iPod to service to iFixiPodsFast. I heard about iFiPF from a comment at Geek Technique, and their price for upgrading my iPod mini to an 8 GB flash-memory machine was about half what a new 8 GB flash iPod Nano costs. Additionally, I was cut a $20 discount in return for “a little word of mouth,” so I thought blogging my experience with the company was fair. Well, yesterday USPS delivery confirmation reported the package arrived safely…

And today I got the following message:

I noticed when I opened it up that a chip fell out. I then figured out that your logic board wasn’t working correctly (wasn’t recognizing the replacement flash drive)… well needless to say I found the part where the chip had fallen off and soldered it back on and the iPod is working so far. I still have to test it out further to make sure that it will work correctly but regardless I just wanted to email you and let you know why this process was taking a while (normally your iPod would have shipped yesterday)

So my machine is more broken than I thought it was. But the work looks the work’s been done. I appreciate iFixiPodsFast‘s quick service and communication. Hopefully I’ll soon my jamming to my crazy tunes again.

I’ll keep you updated.


iPod Reloaded, a tdaxp series
1. A Shot in the Dark
2. Broken, Fixed, Upgraded
3. It works!

iPod Reloaded, Part I: A Shot in the Dark

Well, it finally happened. After 20 months of loyal service, I dropped my iPod mini one too many times. Various errors came up, and troubleshooting quickly revealed that its harddrive had failed.

I had got it cheap some time ago because Apple was transitioning from the (cheap, size-of-a-card-deck, hard-drive-driven) iPod MInis to the (more expensive, size-of-a-gum-pack, flash-memory-driven) iPod Nanos. Even after all this time, buying a new 4GB nano would be more expensive ($199) than what I paid for a mini ($149). Actually “upgrading” to an 8 GB nano ($249) would be as expensive as a 30 GB iPod.

Happily, I came across Geek Technique and its series on replacing the iPod Mini’s harddrive with flash memory.


Major Surgery

From there i found iFix iPods Fast, and there $144 deal of a flash upgarde to 8GB, service, and warrenty. I wrote in confirming the price, and the owner solicited a $20 rebate in exchange for some press. So here it is, tdaxp iPod payola.

What happens next? I’m not sure. I paid for shipping, paid iFixIpodsFast, and sent off my former iPod mini. Will my iPod come back, flash-based, double-sized, and longer lasting than ever before?


A Happy Ending?

Will it catch on fire and explode? Stay tuned, and find out!


iPod Reloaded, a tdaxp series
1. A Shot in the Dark
2. Broken, Fixed, Upgraded
3. It works!