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One of the web sites I write and podcast for involves a fair amount of travel around the Washington DC region. It’s not uncommon to be in the car for eight hours a week traveling to shows. So my wife and I listen to several different […]

One of the web sites I write and podcast for involves a fair amount of travel around the Washington DC region. It’s not uncommon to be in the car for eight hours a week traveling to shows. So my wife and I listen to several different podcasts. Unfortunately, my third generation iPod’s battery has finally gotten super weak. We bought a car charger so we can listen while driving, but that is yet another cable to clutter up the front of the car.

So after yesterday’s iPod announcement, here are my options for my limited budget:

  • Deal with the clutter
  • Order a new battery for my iPod and install it myself ($25-$40 depending on vendor)
  • Get a refurbished iPod shuffle ($49)
  • Get a new iPod shuffle ($79)

If you’ve ever replaced your iPod’s battery, I’d love to hear how it went. Or if you use a shuffle to only listen to podcasts, are there any downsides? I’d guess I’d only sync a few podcasts at a time to it. And the related question is how well does iTunes handle having two different iPods syncing?

  1. I did a 3g replacement a couple of months ago – cost like $12 with shipping. It was a bit tough to get it open, but has worked like a charm.

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  2. Too bad you’ve got a 3g. I have a 4g with a bad hard drive but the battery is perfect (it’s a 20GB iPod Photo). I’d be happy to send it to you but I’m pretty sure the battery is a different size.

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  3. The only downside I find to listening to podcasts on my Shuffle is that sometimes I have more than one instance of a “show”, and can’t tell which is the newer, as some of them do not announce the date on them. This is mostly a problem with news shows, or anything episodic. A display would make it easier to tell which was which.

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  4. Was not bad at all.. I bought a battery from batteriesplus. It seems like the battery lasts longer than a new ipod…

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  5. I use a 1G Shuffle for podcasts and the only problem I have is that, if you manage the content manually, you can’t re-order the contents of your shuffle. So, mine play in order from newest to oldest, which is the opposite of what I want.

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  6. I can’t speak to your podcast questions – I don’t really listen to any – but iTunes handles multiple iPods just fine. I have a shuffle and a 30G that I sync daily and weekly, respectively. iTunes handles the differences brilliantly and recognizes them properly. I’ve never had any problem at all.

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  7. I also put a new battery in a 3G iPod recently. It was a ten minute job – it would have been quicker if I’d just used my Apple ‘black stick’ straight waway, rather than the included plastic tools.

    It’s is now as good as new.

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  8. Yep, did the battery replacement myself a few years ago on my 2g iPod. Easy as pie and has worked fine ever since.

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  9. I actually sync a shuffle(once a month or so), a nano (when my running playlist needs to be updated), a 60gb video (once a week), and an iPhone, (daily for podcasts). iTunes has no problem with this and I have actually connected two of them at a time and had no problem.

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  10. I sync an iPod video, nano, and shuffle with one user and have no problems.

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