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1) Battery: Myth: All iPod batteries are defective. Truth: There are NO problems with the iPod’s battery. While it does happen that people receive defective batteries, there is no “battery problem” with the vast majority of iPods. The batteries are rated for 300-500 charge cycles, which is a full discharge and recharge of the battery. At this rate, the soonest that an iPod battery should fail to hold a charge is approximately 2-3 years.

2) Battery: Myth: The iPod’s battery needs to be “conditioned” before use. Truth: It is recommend that you fully charge it before your first sync, but it is not necessary to completely drain your battery to prevent it from forming a “memory.”

3) Battery: Myth: The new Video iPod Battery is terribly weak. Truth: This just isn’t the case.  Certain things will run down your iPod battery, like leaving it in your car in cold weather, but under normal operation the iPod battery is actually pretty impressive given the complexity of the Video iPods.

4) Warranties: Myth: Getting your iPod engraved BY APPLE when ordered will void the warranty. Truth: All iPods have a one year factory warranty. This includes free 90 day phone support. Engraving by Apple will not void your warranty, however, it is non-refundable. Engraving your iPod any other way WILL void the warranty.

5) File types: Myth: iPod only play mp3′s. Truth: iPods are mp3 players, but they also support the file type AAC, which is considered by many people to be superior (it is the mp4 codec after all). But mp3s will play just fine.

6) Durability: Myth: Working out with the iPod will cause damage to the hard drive. Truth: While it is possible to ruin a hard drive by repeatedly subjecting it to shock (such as dropping it), in general, the iPod is rugged enough to withstand a workout. Especially if you use an armband case.

7) iPod Shuffle: Myth: Only plays in shuffle mode. Truth: Yes, it is possible to play your songs in order. Shuffle is just another feature.

8) iPod Nano: Myth: Scratch easier than any other iPod. Truth: It is, in fact, made with material that scratches easier than regular iPods. In fact, there have even been reports of cloth cases scratching the iPod nano. Ouch.

9) File Types: Myth: iPods only play music bought from the iTunes Music store. Truth: Rip your CDs, load it up with other unprotected MP3 files. The iPod can handle music from a variety of sources.

10) Usage: Myth: The iPod can only be used on five computers Truth: The iPod can be used on an infinite number of computers, however, songs purchased from the iTunes Music Store can only be put onto five computers

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dane // Jan 6, 2007 at 9:33 pm

    “4) Warranties: Myth: Getting your iPod engraved will void the warranty. Truth: All iPods have a one year factory warranty. This includes free 90 day phone support. Engraving will not void your warranty, however, it is non-refundable.”

    Getting it engraved by a third party after purchase most certainly WILL void the warranty! That’s a physical process that can damage the iPod’s internals and Applecare will immediatly turn you away if you bring one in. I think you’re referring to factory engravings – might want to clarify this before some bloke loses his warranty

  • 2 wilson // Jan 2, 2008 at 1:18 am

    myth and truth # 2 and 3 seem to conflict with each other. should we use it all the way down? or is that not neccessary?

  • 3 Confused??? // May 23, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    I heard that the new ipod nanos won’t let you download illegal music files. If you do the system will “lock” and be completely useless?? I have only heard this once though.

  • 4 kunal saxena // Jan 18, 2010 at 12:33 am

    very successfuly ipodes and very usefully all her and she.

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