Weird iPod sound (Hardware)

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by TheT, Jun 16, 2003.

  1. TheT macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2002
    Hey folks!
    I got a brandnew 15GB iPod a couple of weeks ago, and just as of today, I realised that it makes a weird clicking sound when moving it. I don't know if this has been like that before or if it's something new... it seems to be in the upper part of the iPod, just like there'd be a lose part somewhere inside. I'm experiencing this problem when "shaking" the iPod like this.
    So, to all the other iPod users out there: Has anyone had the same problem? Is it a reason to return the iPod? I'm afraid there's something broken, though the iPod seems to function normally.
    Any help is appreciated :)
  2. jimthorn macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2003
    Huntington Beach, CA, USA
    Re: Weird iPod sound (Hardware)

    lol. Love the video. I haven't heard of this problem before. I thought there weren't any moving parts in current iPods..?

    Here's a picture of a new iPod taken apart, courtesy of
  3. TheT thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2002
    Re: Re: Weird iPod sound (Hardware)

    I talked with my local Apple dealer today, and he'll take a closer look at the iPod tomorrow or so... he said it could be the Harddrive, but I'm almost 100% sure that I never heard that sound before... any other 15gig users out there? It would help me a lot if you could just try it und post your results here... (yeah, I know, the video is great, but that way, at least everybody knows what I mean) :D
  4. icetraxxg5 macrumors 6502

    Apr 7, 2002
    Commerce Township
    I'm a 15gigger; I can hear a slight rattle (I think its from the hard drive) if I shake the iPod.
  5. shadowfax macrumors 603


    Sep 6, 2002
    Houston, TX
    got a 30 gigger here, it does it for me too, it sounds like one of those panels on the inside is loose. it sounds way different from what i would expect a hard drive disk to sound like if it were loose. those things are much too heavy to be rattling like that i think.
  6. bidge macrumors 6502

    Jul 16, 2002
    New Zealand
    I've had this same problem with my original 5GB, touch 10GB and 3G 15GB. I wouldn't worry about it. I remeber reading somewhere on Apple's site that it does make a small sound saying that it is normal. It also says that although the iPod is made for vigorous activity it isn't meant to be shaken like that. Not that it said it would do damage I think they just amade that bit up to stop people complaining about it.

    Hope that helps

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