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Wanted: iPod organ donor.

I’m not throwing out a whole iPod just because the headphone jack is hosed.
If you have a dead mini iPod (maybe with a smashed display, say?), and you don’t want to take up precious landfill space, leave a comment or send me an email.

7 comments on "Wanted: iPod organ donor."

  • Lyger says:

    While the thought of mangling iPod hardware appears sexy, it’s probably harder work than purchasing an extended warranty (if available). 😉

  • Chris says:

    I agree it would be nice to buy insurance AFTER you suffer a loss. Not an option in this case. ;^)

  • boB Rudis says:

    Hey Chris,
    Drop me an e-mail. I have a dead mini for you. Just need your shipping address.

  • Sid says:

    If you’re willing to spend a few bucks you might be able to get a new one from I got a new battery from them and it works very well…

  • Chris says:

    I’m taking boB up on his very kind offer.
    @Sid — that would be the alternative. The spousal entity (whose iPod this is for) has identified a source for a replacement headphone assembly, but I’m trying it this way.
    With all the trash I have (because “I might need it one day”), I have faith that others will be holding onto just the ‘junk’ I need.
    BTW, the pack rat syndrome is a fascinating example of Skinnerian reinforcement in action. Once every year or so, I get rewarded by finding a use for some ancient crap I have had lying around for ages. Today, it was a decade-old pair of bike brake cable ferrules (retail value maybe $00.50). This is enough reward to keep probably a cubic meter of additional junk in my basement for a year. :^)

  • Roger says:

    What’s the name of the syndrome where you keep ancient crap around for ages, finally decide to have a clear out, then a week later you need it?

  • Mordaxus says:

    I did a similar thing with my 40G iPod when I thought I would be clever and replace the battery myself. I replaced the battery, but the headphone jack stopped working.
    There are a number of places that will do resonable fixes. I have used iPodResQ and TechRestore

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