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    I got my classic apart using the special metal tools. Apple's blue plastic ones didn't work for me.

    Unfortunately it turned out not to be the battery, so either it was the hard drive or the motherboard. The former are expensive, and it is sensible to replace the battery at the same time. Motherboards aren't available. So replacing the hard drive and battery was not only expensive but may not have worked if the mother was broken.

    I binned mine. I used it daily for about 9 years so I'm happy with the VFM, albeit I will not be buying another Apple product again.

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    You should be able to tell the difference between a dead hard drive and a dead battery.
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    Yes, but how to tell the difference between a dead hard drive and a dead motherboard? That was the clincher for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Root View Post
    Yes, but how to tell the difference between a dead hard drive and a dead motherboard? That was the clincher for me.
    Generally a dead harddrive (assuming you haven't replaced it) will click repeatedly.

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    And motherboards are rarely the problem unless you've gotten it wet.
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    If the only thing your iPod Classic won’t do is not hold a charge, you probably only need to replace the battery and you can do that yourself by watching the online instructional videos. This could save you about $75 rather than having someone else do it. Even if the battery is shot, the Classic should still work with iTunes and play when on the charge cable when it’s not syncing... The Classic has a noticeably punchier sound than uploaded files played on an iPhone and of course can hold far more of them. Classics can last for years and my second one is on its 10th. I have one that’s even older (5th generation) and that’s the one in which I replaced the battery.
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    That reminds me. There is a better option than repairing an iPod if you have an iPhone... I got an iKlips Micro SD card reader that plugs into the bottom of my iPhone and a half terabyte card. No need for iPods any more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigshot View Post
    That reminds me. There is a better option than repairing an iPod if you have an iPhone... I got an iKlips Micro SD card reader that plugs into the bottom of my iPhone and a half terabyte card. No need for iPods any more.
    Excellent suggestion. But it’s not necessarily about no need for the Classic anymore; it’s that some still enjoy and would like to use theirs as long as possible. I prefer the depth of the sound of the Classic over the iPhone though I’m sure the experts will probably say there’s no difference. I have both and have not found that to be true. Classics can also push headphones a little harder.
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    There's no difference in sound quality between iPhones and iPods. I have 9 iPods, ranging from the click wheel all the way through the last classic; and I've had iPhones 1, 3 and 6. I did careful listening tests with all of them, and they are all audibly transparent. To human ears, they all sound exactly the same. I've also compared the outputs of numerous Mac computers from the 8500AV all the way up to current models. Same thing. No audible difference.

    It's a very good idea to set up a simple switcher and line level adjustment to do controlled comparison tests. Sighted impressions, long time gaps between samples, and lack of level matching can give deceptive results. Human perception is fallible. You have to account for those limitations when you test and compare.

    Headphone impedance is a separate issue. There are headphones that require amping, and headphones that don't. That's because of the specs of the headphones, not the player. All iPods and iPhones require headphones with a rating of less than 32 to 25 ohms and a high sensitivity rating. I use Oppo PM-1s myself, which are perfectly suited to use with any Apple product without amping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Can you tell me where you had your drive replaced?
    Hey Ken, when I was looking at my eBay profile, I realized I had saved the vendor who did the upgrade. His user name is arturoars7 and here is a link to his store, iPod Solutions:

    https://www.ebay.com/str/ipodsolutions

    He did great work for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gardibolt View Post
    Hey Ken, when I was looking at my eBay profile, I realized I had saved the vendor who did the upgrade. His user name is arturoars7 and here is a link to his store, iPod Solutions:

    https://www.ebay.com/str/ipodsolutions

    He did great work for me.
    Many thanks for passing this on!


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