I took my iPod into work on Monday, as per usual, and got it out ready to listen to some music. I usually listen via WinAmp, with my headphones plugged into the computer, but playing the music straight off the iPod. Unfortunately, this time something was wrong. My iPod was displaying an icon something like this:
After a bit of Googling, I found out that it was the iPod’s “Low Battery” indicator (well, it was obviously a battery-related problem…) and the recommendation was to plug the iPod in to a computer or charger and charge it up for about half an hour.
This I duly did. I charged it for at least two hours, in fact, but all that kept happening was that the iPod kept alternating between the “Low Battery” icon and the “Apple” icon. Very strange. I tried resetting the iPod, but that didn’t work – it just goes back to the same old cycle.
After a bit more Googling, there are a number of things that could be wrong with it. It seems that this is mostly my fault – I should have followed Apple’s Battery Recommendations, but it is still annoying.
Anyway, what I think I’m going to do is try a wall (power socket) charger, to see if that makes any difference (by the way: if anyone has one of those I can borrow, let me know…) and if that fails, try leaving the iPod for a few days to see if it will completely lose its charge and trigger a hard reboot.
If THAT doesn’t work, I might have to pay stupid money to have Apple repair it – it does seem a little ridiculous though, given that I’m sure the battery is perfectly serviceable and probably would last another year or two.
If anyone has any bright ideas, let me know…