About to get ipod classic. What to do first?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by bigmac7, Aug 27, 2008.

  1. bigmac7 macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2007
    I have always had problems with battery life of electronics and old ipods, so this time I want to start out right! What should I first do to the ipod. How should I calibrate it?
  2. JML42691 macrumors 68020


    Oct 24, 2007
    There is no single major thing that you can do once to help you out, but there are two major practices that you can do to improve battery life:

    1. Do not leave you iPod constantly plugged in or docked, and do not charge it every night. It is perfectly fine to leave it off and use it for a few days without it being charged, it will help your iPod, not hurt.

    2. Calibrate your battery about once a month. To calibrate your battery, use the iPod until you are told to charge it (battery level 0%), then plug it in to your computer and let it charge completely before removing it, and try not to use it while it is charging.

    And as a combination between both points, I would not charge your iPod until the battery turns red (less than 20% capacity), that way the iPod gets nearly a full cycle between each charge. With the battery life of a classic, you should be fine for a day of just music or a short video or two using it while that battery is red, and then just charge it that night, a battery at 20% or less will last you for most of the day if it is just basic usage.
  3. fabian9 macrumors 65816


    Nov 28, 2007
    Bristol, UK
    I'd suggest the first thing you do is WAIT! The ipods are getting updated very soon, probably on September 9th (according to macrumors). Don't waste your money on a year old product if you don't really have to...
  4. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    In general, I advise people to buy now, if they need a particular product badly (and yes, iPods are a necessity, to my mind). However, I agree with fabian9 and would suggest that you hold off for a few weeks as rumours, hints, (and timelines of the products themselves) all seem to point to an update in the fairly near future.

    Re batteries, JML42691 has given excellent advice (advice I wish I had been given before my first two iPods died - with battery issues - both were replaced without bother as both were still within warranty).

  5. bigmac7 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2007
    In my case I find it unnecessary to wait, simply because I could not see the ipod classic getting a huge overhaul or anything, just maybe a bigger capacity. I like it the way it is.
  6. JML42691 macrumors 68020


    Oct 24, 2007
    There was one other thing that you can do to help you out, and that is to make sure that before you use it, plug it into your computer and give it a full charge and don't use it or sync it until that first charge is complete.
  7. shoebobs macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2008
    If you don't care about any updates, at least wait so you can get a better price. Once the new ones come out, resellers will discount any remaining previous generation models so you will save some money. Of course if you don't care about the updates and saving a few bucks isn't worth it to you, then buy it. I have had a classic for almost a year now and it's great.

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