7 Replies Latest reply: Sep 28, 2010 2:12 PM by thomaejacobi
thomaejacobi Level 1 Level 1
What's a reasonable life expectancy for my ipod classic (7th gen), its battery, etc.? Is it reasonable to expect that this could be handed down to my children someday for them to enjoy (this would be in 15-20 years at least...)

Also, can the battery be replaced with a new one if necessary, or are any other components replaceable?

Thanks!!

compaq presario, Windows XP
Reply by turingtest2 on Sep 28, 2010 3:18 AM Helpful
Spares for the battery, headphone socket and hard drive can all be obtained for now, though I doubt it will be so easy in 15-20 years time. Just Google iPod repairs. I have swapped out batteries on two 30gb 5th gen. iPods but both have since been replaced when they had more serious (user induced) failures. The biggest dangers are mechanical shock (one was dropped hard enough to shatter the lcd matrix inside the screen), moisture (the other shared the inside of a rucksack with an opened bottle of shampoo) and extreme temperatures.

tt2

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  • lanceuppercut Level 1 Level 1
    i'll bet in 15-20 years, your kids wont want to use something as low tech as the 7th gen ipod!
  • jshiv Level 1 Level 1
    Yes, it would be nice to pass a favorite gadget down to our children, like pocket watches were in the past. I just realized the other day that I've had the same undergrad calculator for over 20 years of daily use, and all the components are still 100% functional. Even though the current business model for electronics depends on constant consumer upgrades, maybe Apple will be the one to reinvent product packaging & design to allow upgrades without replacement?
  • thomaejacobi Level 1 Level 1
    Thanks for the reply (sorry it's been a month since you answered!!), and I suppose you're probably right about that!
  • thomaejacobi Level 1 Level 1
    oh, whoops - it's been a week since you answered, a month since you registered...
  • thomaejacobi Level 1 Level 1
    And thank you too, jshiv - I also have some electronics I grew up with that still do their job, but alos other that don't! So do either of you have info at least on, say, replacing the battery: can it be done, is it worth the cost, etc.? Thanks again!!
  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9
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    Spares for the battery, headphone socket and hard drive can all be obtained for now, though I doubt it will be so easy in 15-20 years time. Just Google iPod repairs. I have swapped out batteries on two 30gb 5th gen. iPods but both have since been replaced when they had more serious (user induced) failures. The biggest dangers are mechanical shock (one was dropped hard enough to shatter the lcd matrix inside the screen), moisture (the other shared the inside of a rucksack with an opened bottle of shampoo) and extreme temperatures.

    tt2
  • thomaejacobi Level 1 Level 1
    Thank you so much - as I surmised, simple common sense and conscientious care will be the most important factors in having something to pass along!!