What do you do with a broken iPod? My 60 GB iPod photo recently bit the dust. Oddly, I had a dream it would die about week ago. Hopefully I’m not becoming an oracle, because my dreams are generally messed up and I wouldn’t want those visions to become a reality.
Anyway, I found a blog post that lists sites that will pay you for your broken iPod. Generally they cannibalize them for parts. I have also found that fixing your iPod is a lot easier than one might think. I found another web site that gives step-by-step instructions to replace/fix different iPod parts. The hardest part: a correct diagnosis of the problem. I held my iPod up to my ear and could audibly hear the drive failing. If I hadn’t already purchased a new 160 GB iPod Classic (read: I wanted this item more than I wanted to fix the Photo), I would have fixed my old iPod myself.
Before any repairs take place, a cost analysis should be done as well. A 60 GB hard drive for an iPod Photo runs about $150 dollars, and a brand new 80 GB iPod Classic is $250 (Best Buy includes a $25 gift card with this purchase right now). After drooling over my friend’s Classic, I decided a new one was a better spend of my money.