Apple Sez iPod has 4 Year Lifespan

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In a Chicago Tribune report Apple reps boldly defended the iPod—I don't know why they would need to—and also officially said that the iPod has a four year lifespan. Apple defended their iPods from the complaints that have been received lately regarding faulty and dysfunctional players. Apple spokesperson, Natalie Kerris, said that the iPods have a failure rate of less than 5 percent. What exactly defines a failure, though? My battery has shit out on me on my third generation iPod, is that considered a failure? It still works, but for only a couple hours before needed a recharge. Kerris also noted the four-year lifespan of the iPods. Makes sense, really. The lifespan of any new gadget is generally 3-5 years. Image courtesy of


iPods have 4-year-life, says Apple [MacWorld]

Update: Larry Angell, over at iLounge, found some truth behind this story. It is simply just a misquote. Kind of funny on the Tribune's part.

Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris has confirmed to iLounge that she was misquoted in a Chicago Tribune article on failing iPods published earlier this week. The article had quoted her as saying that iPods have a low failure rate and that they are designed to last four years. Kerris said she told the reporter that the iPod was designed to last "for years"—not "four years." The Tribune has yet to correct its original report.

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Seems like a lot less to me.

I have a 4th generation iPod photo 60gig, and was less than a month out of the one year warranty, when, bam my hard disk failed (let me say that I have Babied this iPod like it was my child and it was not being abused when this happened). I ran the built in diagnostic program, just to be sure. Then i called Apple, ARRRRGH!!!11!1! They gave me the sorry Charlie routine and wanted to charge me a total of $280 for a Refurbished iPod. I ended up finding the model number of the harddisk and buying it off [] for $160. When my ipod is finally dead im going away from apple for good. I like the iPod but hate Apples Customer Service. My compaq laptop screen went dead , about 6 months out of warrenty, and they still replaced it. WTF Apple. Sorry for the rant, but im out of cigarettes.