One of the pieces of kit which goes everywhere with me is my 3rd-generation iPod. Bought by my wife and friends for my 30th birthday (you do the math on how old it is) it’s constantly charged, discharged, bumped and clonked. It’s got almost all of its 40G of disk full of tunes which help me work, sleep and play. Sadly, of late it has managed to last less than 20 minutes before requiring a charge, meaning I either have to play it through the computer or I have to lug the charger around with me too.
So, aware that I was working in Leeds this week, I thought I’d nip to the KRCS Apple dealership up near the Merrion Centre which (last I looked) sold iPod batteries suitable for my particular model. Sadly this time round they didn’t, and weren’t sure if they might get some in by the end of the week or not.
Lucky for me an acquaintance had been through this themselves and pointed me at iPodDoctor.co.uk, who for the princely sum of £18.50 could furnish me with not only a battery, but the tools and instructions to carry out the operation, and throw Special Delivery postage in as well. Bonus! From a Monday afternoon order it arrived on Tuesday morning and so, post-client-meeting, I carried out the operation in a spare moment.
It went smoothly, took less than 10 minutes, and I’m very pleased with the results. Although I wouldn’t recommend it for the faint-hearted, anyone with a bit of technical nouse and who can stomach delicately pulling their beloved iPod apart can do this. They even provide the tools, just follow the instructions carefully.