Oh, Illaass! Thanks so much! This is really informative! Assuming "White side up" means "back (metal) side up," though, it's my ground pins that are broken off (well, the plastic surrounding them). Nertz.
And thisdoesn't giveme any hope that the connector is attached to the battery, either, that replacing the battery will replace the connector. I'll check with a genius, of course, but I haven't a lot of hope at this point. I'll cross my fingers that it's a serviceable part, but I'm not hopeful.
Thanks very much for the schematic! You were really quick with it!
I to had this problem.
I was taking my iPod touch 4th generation out of my dock while the music was playing and once out of the dock tried to continue to play the music. I worked for a few seconds and then the music stopped like it recognized it was still in the dock. I looked at the 30 pin connector and saw that the corner opposite the headphone jack and broken off. What did you to fix your and was it expensive?
I'm sorry about your problem; I feel your pain! What happened to me is that I limped along for a couple of months; my pod would still charge, albeit really slooowly. There are three things you can do (I found this out doing my research): (1) you can get the port replaced for about $80; (2) you can get the logic board replaced with a used logic board (taken out of someone else's old pod; this is obviously inherently risky) for about $145; (3) you can punt and buy a used pod off Craigslist.
Because my pod ultimately quit charging altogether and was simply bricked, I went with option (3) (my best friend got a pod off CL for my birthday) and I sold my busted 32GB pod for $91 on eBay.
If you think you might like to do the parts replaing yourself, check out this thread:
That's where I asked about getting a replacement port and was told about both that and replacing the logic board.
Good luck! Like I said, I suffered the same way you're suffering now, so I know what it's like.