I reunited with an old friend this week, and it was glorious.
I’m referring, of course, to my first-generation iPod Nano, which I sent to a San Antonio, Texas, company called Milliamp on March 10.The company promises to replace your iPod’s failed battery for $20. All told, I spent about $50, including shipping and other random fees. But that’s a lot better than the $120 I would have spent on a new Nano, which Apple oh-so generously offered a 10 percent discount on if I traded in my old one.
Milliamp’s Web site says that “we typically replace the battery in your iPod on the same day that it is received. In most instances, your repaired iPod is shipped back to you the next business day.”
The Milliamp people e-mailed me saying they’d received my iPod March 13. They sent it back March 20, and it arrived back at my front door on Wednesday, March 25. It’s a little longer than I thought I’d have to wait, but my iPod has new life, as promised. The best part: The battery is guaranteed for 10 years.
I would definitely recommend this as a fix if your own battery dies, especially if your workouts are as music-dependent as mine are.