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Don’t throw out your broken iPod; fix it via the Web

Published: November 8, 2007/New York Times

A FEW months ago, Stephen Ironside, a student at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, confronted a minor but modern tragedy: the iPod that filled his life with song stopped working.

The device was out of warranty, and Apple would not fix it free. So he left it in a drawer until he happened to read a blog posting on that described how he might fix it — with a small, folded piece of paper. Mr. Ironside celebrated by posting thanks on the blog: “I’ve been on CDs for months. You saved my life (and my iPod).”

The article goes on to say that one needs to think of an iPod as something that simply has a short life span, and that if you get four years out of it, great.

There are some tips and more sites, however, if you are needing iPod CPR.

QUESTION: How many of you use this sort of device? Do you think of the item as "disposable" and with only a few years life span?

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