Ever wonder what’s on the inside of your iPod? I did, and with the battery barely holding a charge on my 4G iPod, I figured I’d save the $65 fee Apple charges and replace the battery myself using one of the cheap battery replacement kits off the Web. I figured doing it myself’d remind me of those physical computing days at ITP–and my enforce my motto of “don’t let an expert do it, become an expert and do it!”
Let me just say, if you have a protective case for your iPod, this option isn’t for you. Trying to pry open the case with a screwdriver left my iPod with several new scars. I donâ€™t care, though, as I figure Iâ€™m beating that statistic of modern electronics having only a 2 year shelf life (I also take pride in the fact that my iPod looks like it survives the NYC commute).
The guts of this MP3 player are pretty tightly-packed (the blue rubber above is the HDâ€™s protection). Once it was open, though, it was pretty smooth sailing.