Open Buddha

Open Source Buddhism, Technology, and Geekery
Bay Area, California

Ipod...dying...

I replaced my battery on my Ipod a couple of months ago. Well, I think that there is something wrong with the electrical on my Ipod besides the battery. I took it on my trip to the Bay Area the other day. I probably used it for a total of four or five hours the whole time. The other night, after I was back, I listened to it for about 20 minutes and it suddenly died. As it poof, sound dies, disiplay turns off. Hitting the buttons did nothing, not even an attempt to bring up the Apple logo and reboot.

In the past, this has meant that it was 100% out of power. So out of power that it wouldn’t even think about booting, in fact. I plugged it into the wall the next morning and hit the button and it booted right up so it seems that my battery isn’t charging fully or well. I bought one of the standard replacement batteries (in fact, it is a larger battery than what my 4th generation Ipod originally shipped with). I’ve been maintaining good battery practices. I let it run down every time I charge it fully. I don’t trickle charge it on the computer, etc. The battery meter on the display was showing roughly 60% power when it suddenly died the other night.

Needless to say, my trust in the Ipod isn’t what it should be.

I’m considering alternatives. I use the Ipod to listen to Podcasts and music (mostly the latter since I drive to work and my car doesn’t have a good sound connector and the radio broadcast add-ins don’t work well). I have a larger music collection than any device will ever hold so I need decent synching that doesn’t make me want to kill. Itunes is marginal at times but generally works well. I like that it auto-synchs my podcasts too.

I’m open to non-Apple products. Any suggestions?