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Old 09-14-05, 01:47 PM
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Problem with New 20 GB iPod...

Hey guys...I got the iPod 20GB color on July 6, 2005. It works great, but there is one issue.

My battery life seems to be terrible. For example, after a full charge, I'll play it for 30 or 40 minutes. Maybe an hour...at this point, I can already start to see the green color in the battery symbol starting to lessen. Why is that? I feel like, if I listen to the iPod for a good thirty to forty minutes a day for one week, the battery is completely drained. In fact, I have to charge it back up right now because I went to listen to it while doing some exercise and there was no juice left in it.

Does anyone know if this is a problem with the new color iPod, or did I just get a bad one? I have the protection plan, but would I have to ship my iPod off to fix this issue?

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Old 09-14-05, 02:06 PM
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Around a 7 hour charge? Call Apple's tech support and inquire with them. You've got coverage for a reason. If you have an Apple store nearby, there's no need to ship it anywhere.
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Old 09-14-05, 03:52 PM
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Just in case you're not aware the battery life Apple states is based on a different criteria than most people use. Their lifespan is based on the backlight always being off, the size of the files being 128k mp3 or AAC, the iPod never being paused, never FF or RW a song and never skipping around your playlist or searching for an album or song. So if you do any of these things regularly then you can expect the battery life to be much shorter than they state.
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Old 09-14-05, 03:59 PM
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^^Really? I didn't know this at all. If this is actually the case then it makes sense. I do most if not all of the above you mentioned. Thanks.
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Old 09-14-05, 04:42 PM
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Yup they basically want you to just turn it on without the backlight and let it play. When the class action suit for the battery problems on the earlier models was sent out the test they used to see if you had a problem was to let it run for as long as it would last without doing any of these things. If it lasted less than 7 hours (I think) then that meant you had a dud but you had to avoid the things I listed during the test.
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Just disabling the backlight (or at least the length it stays lit) will help you out a great deal.
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