Why do old rarely used iPods stop working?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by rawdawg, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    I ask because I suspect maybe newer versions of iTunes don't support them, but don't have an extra Mac to try an earlier version.

    I have a 3rd gen and a 4th gen iPod Classic that I stopped using a long time ago. One was a gift and the other I just didn't bring with me on the road. I'd like to use them now connected to my stereo (one in bedroom, one in living room). But neither will connect with my Mac.

    Why do they stop working? I understand if I used it all the time but shouldn't one hardly used still work?
     
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    barkmonster

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    Try leaving them plugged into your mac overnight, It's likely to be the batteries are completely drained.

    My first generation nano is still going strong but I leave it either hooked up to my mac or to a set of iPod speakers with the dock connector so it's either in my pocket while I'm out or charging.
     
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    Ivan P

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    iTunes still supports all iPods - I remember reading on here not too long ago from someone that still has the original Mac-only 1st gen iPod from 2001, they said iTunes still connects to it fine.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    hmmm.. maybe it's just completely dead...

    i'll try leaving it plugged in overnight and see if it wakes. then i'll sync and leave it permanently plugged in and attached to my stereo. thanks!
     
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    Loneliness?
     
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    After G

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    Unused batteries drain if left for a long time.
     
  7. macrumors 6502

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    Agreed with previous statements. If left unused the battery slowly drains to nothing. To the point that it appears unresponsive even if you plug it in. Leave it plugged in for a long time and try it again and it should wake up. I have to do this occasionally with my nano, which rarely gets used since I got an iPhone.
     
  8. macrumors 604

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    Sometimes the batteries get so old they will no longer hold a charge at all. In this case you either need a new iPod or some smart person who can replace the battery
     
  9. macrumors 6502

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    Yep, it's likely a battery issue. My 2nd gen still works like a champ. In fact, until about 3 months ago, my Grandpa was using it almost every day to listen to audiobooks.
     
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    leomac08

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    i leave my ipod touch charging all night when i sleep, and lately it's been acting slow!:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

    and i am not getting the ipod touch 3G!!!!!!!!

    ohhh no!
     
  11. macrumors regular

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    The battery of my 3rd gen iPod 40GB does not hold a charge anymore. However, I can connect it to my Mac with no problem.

    The one issue is that when I disconnect it from the computer, it just does not turn on. It needs to have power coming in all the time to work.
     
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    dXTC

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    Well, rather than throwing it away, you can leave it mounted inside an iPod dock-compatible speaker set, like one of those iHome alarm clocks.

    I've seen some desktop iPod "jukeboxes" (that look like an old Wurlitzer jukebox), with an iPod dock inside so that the iPod is the music source. The jukebox stays plugged in and keeps the iPod charged. Looks great in a rec room.
     
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    dukebound85

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    use the batt replacement program
     
  14. macrumors newbie

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    I had this problem with a iPod Nano (2nd gen). The problem may be that you just need to plug it in every 2 weeks. I've been doing that and it runs fine.
     
  15. macrumors regular

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    Oh, I was not complaining. I was just stating a fact about my iPod for the OP.

    I don't think my iPod just stopped working suddenly. The battery just ran its useful life cycle. In fact, this is my replacement battery.

    I simply do not use it standalone anymore. I have it hooked up to the dock or the car adapter when I use it.

    I am looking for a replacement, but I have read that the sound quality of the newer models is not as good. So, I am stuck at the moment.
     
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    dXTC

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    It seems you've already thought of this, then. Cheers.
     

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