HELP: iPod Classic Confusion

Discussion in 'iPod' started by TheRat, Dec 25, 2011.

  1. TheRat macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2004
    Here's my situation:

    160gb iPod classic has been collecting dust for over a year (maybe two?) now. It was acting very strangely, began skipping over songs and would not restore (error 1492).

    However, iTunes still recognizes it and so far it's syncing my music well. I bought a new computer so i've done the 'erase and sync' function. My library is quite large at almost 20,000 songs so I will be syncing it in chunks.

    I've done the diagnostic test on the iPod itself and it shows over 2,000 reallocs on the hard drive which means it's obviously beginning to fail, but it's still somehow clinging to life. I haven't tried to use Disk Utility on it yet but I do recall it failed the last time I tried, whenever that was.

    My question is: I finally have enough money to get a new classic, should I just buy a new one or see if this one will revive itself? Will the battery be totally dead by now? I can't even remember when I got it but it's probably about 4 years old by now.

    Thanks for any suggestions.. i've had terrible luck with these things in the past but I need the capacity. Do you think it's worth it to give this one another go?
  2. ilovemyibook macrumors 6502

    Mar 19, 2006
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    It's worth another shot. If its been collecting dust for several years then do you really need it? If I don't use something for more than 6 months then I sell it, because I'm basically done with it. If you get it working again and you fall in love with it again then I'd spring for another iPod Classic.
  3. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    We had a classic that just up and died one day. It was way out of warranty, like I can't remember when we bought it, but we took it to an Apple store just to see if it could be fixed, and if so, for how much. Genius tested it, spent some time trying various things to coax it back to life, and when everything failed, offered us a refurbished classic for $80. We took it! For us, the cost was a no-brainer because we do use the classic fairly often. If there's an Apple store near you, I'd give it a go and see if you get a good price to get it fixed or replaced.
  4. TheRat thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2004
    Unfortunately I don't have an apple store anywhere near me so I can't bring it in, but that sounds like a great deal. So far it's still syncing fine and i'm going to take it on the road today and see how the battery does.
  5. TheRat thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2004
    nvm, it synced fine until the iPod was half full then slowed to a craaaaawwl. maybe it is time for a new one :\

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