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Tips before buying an used iPod

Updated on October 31, 2012


This is the continuation to my previous article about buying used Apple products. Apple products are made out of durable materials making them reliable over years, used accessories and products are at a reasonable price and condition when bought used.

Today my iPod Nano 5th generation arrived at my door delivered after my order on Amazon. This is a review of what you should now before getting to buy one, as well as my experience so far buying used Apple products.

Seek for a price, watch out for the condition

Apple iPods are designed to keep working over years, going and going and going. There are, however, a few things that will need to be replaced. The battery will last about 1,000 (a thousand) charging cycles. that means 1,000 charges that a battery can take before needing to be replaced. Appel also offers great warranty as well as low price repair services for iPods of all models.

iPod U2 Generation

Examples of obsolete iPod no longer covered by Apple services or battery replacements

Beware of Apple discontinuing services of repair and battery for products that are 7 to 11 years or older. After Apple considers a product obsolete, services stop and other merchants cannot order replacing parts for obsolete Apple products.

My used iPod

The iPod i bought was in perfect working conditions, only paid $64, it is my favorite iPod because it has a camera HD microphone and speakers. I do not like the new iPod nano touch screen.

Why and older iPod?

New iPods are really great. There are a few people who, lik me, find it interesting to buy older generation iPods either new or used because they like those styles a lot. Before everything was touch pad Apple created track and button iPods like the iPod classic. I still like that classic style.


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    • jose7polanco profile image

      Jose Misael Polanco 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Yes, in fact the new ipod touch screens are way, way more vulnerable to fall and break the screen than regular iPods. I even heard of iPods 80gb and iPods mini that could entirely break a car widows with minor scratches on.

      Also touch screen iPod nano is way more sensitive than iPod nano 4th generation.

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      Peter 5 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for these tips, I also prefer the Classic look myself and I will now be more confident about buying a second hand iPod :-)