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tbigsmo Level 1 (0 points)
I have had an 80gb video ipod for a little over a month & the headphones broke off in the jack. I took it to the apple store and they said the problem 'is not fixable' & that the only solution is to use the FM radio accessory. I have to think there's a way to get the thing out.

Anyone have a suggestion?

MacBook Pro Mac OS X (10.4.8)

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • Erick Level 2 (350 points)
    How did that happen, haha. I have to say, this is quite a unique post. Well for some reason a REALLY strong magnet would probably get it out, but's a magnet, lol. Could be risky. Let's the iPod still under warranty, and how deep is it? like, is it just at the surface or did it break off deep inside?
  • tbigsmo Level 1 (0 points)
    I would love to come up with some creative reason, but it's unfortunately as simple as an errant 'withdrawal' of the earphones from the ipod. Only the very end of the headphones broke off and stayed in. Now neither the headphones nor the ipod are usable. And, yes I am aware it all sounds like a an attempt to sneak some perverted comments onto this board.

    All of that aside, the ipod is under warranty. If there truly is no way to get the thing out, I suppose I will go that route -- if possible.
  • deggie Level 9 (52,667 points)
    I seriously doubt this would be covered under the warranty. You could try another repair place besides Apple and see if they would remove it for a lower price or, if you are daring and good with small parts, you could take it apart and try to remove it.

    One other thing you could try: You could use another piece of metal that is smaller that the headphone plug and some really strong glue, glue the piece of metal to the remnants of the headphone plug (don't touch the sides of the female receptacle...would help to have the hands of a surgeon) let the glue dry and then pull straight out to remove the plug.
  • Erick Level 2 (350 points)
    The reason I asked if it was under warranty was because if it wasn't, then he could go about other drastic means haha.

    Gorilla glue is really strong. Strongest I'd say. Even, you can try JB weld. Like Deggie said, becareful of the sides.
  • tbigsmo Level 1 (0 points)
    I unfortunately have the hands of a fat man. It took me 5 mins and 3 tries just to type this.

    I suppose I'll just run headphones through the FM thing until technology catches up with me.
  • Erick Level 2 (350 points)
    Another thing you can try, is a makeshift suction of some sort. create some sort of suction device.
  • deggie Level 9 (52,667 points)
    Do you know anyone with small, steady hands. I used to borrow the friend of an employee to make repairs to our laser printer. Had the smallest hands on an adult that I had ever seen.
  • tbigsmo Level 1 (0 points)
    I know a surgeon, but right now I'd rather know someone who knows how to get earphones out of an ipod.
  • deggie Level 9 (52,667 points)
    There you go, find a piece of then metal, get you Gorilla Glue, and contact the surgeon. You'll have it out in no time.
  • zemlin Level 1 (105 points)
    You can buy a replacement headphone jack/hold switch assembly on eBay for $32 delivered.

    Buy one, and replace the jack.
  • tbigsmo Level 1 (0 points)
    now we're onto something; will i be able to figure out how to replace the existing jack with the new one?
  • Crdp24 Level 1 (5 points)
    Well if u wanna mess with magnets, you could either try to magnetize a small screw or something( rub it on a magnet for a while) or they make these magnets on little retracable poles things. U could fing one at an auto store, possibly Auto Zone. They are made for retrieving small bits or pieces of metal dropped into the engine or inner workings of a car
  • zemlin Level 1 (105 points)
    Don't waste your time with magnets. The plug is not made of steel - it is not magnetic. Even if it was, it would take a frickin' powerful magnet in a very small package to extract a plug from the jack.

    I think you'd have a better chance of salvaging the plug by soldering a small piece of wire to the broken face and pulling the plug out that way. Gorilla glue foams up and can be a goppy mess - plus it takes a while to dry. Super glue is too risky to get close to an ipod with it.

    As far as replacing the plug goes, I have not tried to pop mine apart, and don't plan to until I have good reason to. Perhaps some others can address how easy these things are to pop apart and reassemble.
  • Chris CA Level 9 (78,695 points)
    will i be able to figure out how to replace the existing jack with the new one?
    That would be a waste of time and money.
    Once you get the iPod open, simply remove the piece from the headphone jack and it'll be fine.

    Google "open iPod" for instructions. It's not difficult at all.

    Take you maybe 5 minutes tops to do it.
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