WSJ: iPods Break as Soon as the Warranty is Up

The Wall Street Journal took at look at the issue of iPods seeming to give up the ghost about 15 minutes after their warranties expire. Cracked screens, busted hard drives, and of course the infamous slowly dying battery are all issues brought up. The article states that only 5% of iPods need replacing, yet goes on to give all sorts of anecdotal evidence that iPods are the biggest lemon since the Yugo. So which is it, WSJ?

What do you guys think? Are iPods designed to break right on the warranty line so you need to buy a new one, or did the WSJ just interview a bunch of whiners who kept their iPods at the bottom of textbook-filled backpacks?

When iPods Die [Wall Street Journal]