Longevity of iPods?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by kingsleyflint, Oct 18, 2007.

  1. kingsleyflint macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2007
    Well, I love my 80gb iPod, loaded with WAV files, which plays beautifully through good headphones and through my decent hifi rig, but I'm not about to get rid of all my CDs, because it can never be proven that the longevity of the Pod will be as good as the CDs I have.
    In fact, we know we can replace iPod batteries, but does anyone actually know how long before the drive in an iPod crashes and finally fails, as all HDs will inevitably? What's the likely lifespan of a MacBook drive, for that matter?
  2. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    Mine has lasted 4 years and is still going strong...some people's have died after a year or so, luck of the draw combined with how much you take care of it...
  3. illicium macrumors regular

    Jul 31, 2007
    Like a ROCK!

    I bought the 40 Gb iPod Photo a little over 3 years ago. I live in Texas and it generally sits in my truck roasting every day in the heat and humidity of southeast TX. I have had VERY FEW problems, and it seems to be pretty much unbreakable. One time it seemed like it was dead for sure but I just gave it a tap, and it was revived and going strong. I couldn't expect much more durability from any had held consumer product. Mine really does get mistreated, and it takes it in stride.

    Thumbs up on MY iPod's durability. :)
  4. illicium macrumors regular

    Jul 31, 2007
    it seems like you are more concerned about losing your digital music files due to hard drive failure and not the actual longevity of the iPod because those can be replaced. the solution to that is: back your music up.

    The chances that your iPod AND Macbook AND backup drive are all going to fail at the same time is less than slim to none.
  5. mzd macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2005
    i've got a 3G 20GB iPod and i've had the HD replaced once, under warranty (best buy). still on orig battery.
  6. chewbaccapits macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2001
    Torrance, Californizzel
    I bought the last version of the iPod before color came out and that model has taken a dump...Hard-drive failed as well as my ipod mini, the mother board had corroded (previous owner maybe) but both have failed on me...I've been told by ex-APPLE employees that hard drive based ipods will fail on you eventually.:apple:
  7. Telp macrumors 68040


    Feb 6, 2007
    All the ipods i own are still working great. 1G shuffle, 1G mini, 1G nano, 3G ipod. battery is a different thing, but besides that, they seem to have a good lifespan. I know lots of people that stlil use and love the minis.
  8. ntrigue macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    Early adopter of Video iPod 30GB and still happy to date.

    October 15, 2005 to .........

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