5 Replies Latest reply: Jun 26, 2008 1:33 AM by Sam J
Sam J Level 1 (10 points)
Ive had an ipod video for a few years now but recently the headphone socket has become faulty. when you put headphones in i just get sound in the left ear,if you press the headphones into the socet then i sometimes get stereo again.

ive tried 5 pairs of headphones aswell as pluging it into my stero, its definitely a problem with the ipod connection. Any ideas/sugestions, my waranty is finished.


ipod, Windows XP Pro
  • Kenichi Watanabe Level 7 (33,007 points)
    There's not much you can do about that, unfortunately. It is a physical problem with the connection wearing out.

    You can probably get a decent price on eBay (for you iPod) if you carefully describe it as an otherwise working iPod. Most iPods are broken for the hard drive becoming faulty, so the potential buyers can use it to fix their iPods. Conversely, if you buy an iPod that appears to be broken due to the hard drive, you can swap the bad hard drive with your iPod's drive and get a working iPod.
  • Sam J Level 1 (10 points)
    Thanks for the responce!

    Is is possible to replace the connection? Or such like, its out of waranty so i dont mind going to a non official apple place to get it done.

  • Kenichi Watanabe Level 7 (33,007 points)
    I've never opened a 5th gen iPod before, but on 3rd and 4th gen iPods, you can replace the part with the headphone plug. It's part of the assembly attached to the top of the iPod on the metal case side. But it's not a generic part you can buy at the electronics store, so in order to get one yourself, you'd have to buy another iPod, like one that is broken for another reason.

    If you search online, I'm sure there are repair specialists who can do the fix. Not sure if the cost will be worth it.
  • dkus Level 1 (10 points)
    i read&found interesting. you should be able to open
    the back carefully and check issue from the inside.

    chk attch site for repair parts http://www.rapidrepair.com/shop/g4-ipod-parts.html

    also maybe leave email and i can attch some inside pic or search flickr for
    "ipod battery" hope this helps go;d luck, dkus
  • Sam J Level 1 (10 points)
    thanks for all your help...

    ill keep you updated.