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minifridge1138

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Hello everyone,

My old, trusty 120 GB iPod Classic is showing some pretty rough wear and tear (it had an unfortunate accident with a driveway) but still works. I've looked around for a replacement (or even on with an SSD upgrade) but I'm not sure what I'm looking at. Amazon has a lot, but some of the reviews say they're imitations / knockoffs. I know Etsy has some options.

Does anyone have any experience buying one today? Where should I look?

Thanks!
 

Traverse

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Hello everyone,

My old, trusty 120 GB iPod Classic is showing some pretty rough wear and tear (it had an unfortunate accident with a driveway) but still works. I've looked around for a replacement (or even on with an SSD upgrade) but I'm not sure what I'm looking at. Amazon has a lot, but some of the reviews say they're imitations / knockoffs. I know Etsy has some options.

Does anyone have any experience buying one today? Where should I look?

Thanks!

I just purchased this modded iPod Classic from eBay. Will report back on whether it was a rip off or not.
 
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philden

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I want to get back into using an iPod and I lost my 160 GB 6th gen Classic after the drive failed and want to replace it.
It depends whether you want to do your own upgrade or not. If you're patient you'll eventually get a good deal on Ebay. My last 7th Gen 160GB cost $12 including shipping with a dead Harmon Kardon dock. I couldn't fix the dock, but the iPod just had a dead drive. Make sure you know how to recognize the iPod you want, if it is not described well. If you want to a big flash upgrade you want 7th gen and not 6th gen 160GB. The difference is in the thickness and serial/model numbers. I look for listings where you can read the serial number on the case back. At the moment, 'used' looking iPods probably have the original case, this will be less true as time goes on. Most of the aftermarket replacement case backs to have fictional serial numbers printed on.
 
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rebornjumpman

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Thanks for the advice. I'm comfortable with doing the upgrades on my own. I was planning to do that with my old one but I think it got lost in a move sometime over the last few years. I'll keep an eye out and be patient.
 
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philden

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My last purchase was a very lucky bargain, I'd say anything under $70 is a good deal.
 
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el-John-o

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I want to get back into using an iPod and I lost my 160 GB 6th gen Classic after the drive failed and want to replace it.
Do you mean you lost as in your physically lost, or you just don't use it anymore?

That 160GB model is tricky to get into but not impossible. You might be able to fix it yourself relatively inexpensively.
 
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philden

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Do you mean you lost as in your physically lost, or you just don't use it anymore?

That 160GB model is tricky to get into but not impossible. You might be able to fix it yourself relatively inexpensively.
I'd go for a 7th Gen 160 rather than a 6th. You can still get good deals. I bought one for $35 recently. I think the trick is to check Ebay frequently for 'buy it now' offers. Those sellers often just want to sell quickly.
 
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Captain Trips

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I have recently (in the last year) purchased about 7 iPod Nanos from Mercari.

All of them have worked very well for my wife and me, so I have been happy.

Just like with eBay. do the research on the seller and pay attention to what they say (and don't say) about the device for sale and you should be good.
 
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el-John-o

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One thing to add;

eBay is FLOODED with "refurbished" iPods that may not be the deal you might think they are. They basically take the logic board out of an iPod and slap on very cheap chinese replacement backs and fronts. I made the mistaken of buying one of these and the fit and finish was horrible (thankfully, they accepted the return). They price them expensively too, a non-"refurbished" iPod in decent shape will be much cheaper and better. Or, buy a trashed iPod for $25 and buy those parts off of wish yourself for a few bucks a piece and end up with a $200 "refurbished" iPod for less than $50.

When I'm looking, honestly I'm looking for it to have scratches on the front and back both. That indicates that it's the original, genuine parts on the iPod. A little brasso goes a long way anyway.
 
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