This question was asked waaaaay back in 2004 on the Mac Rumors forums.
Back then, the answer from numerous people who HAD bought refurbished iPods was a resounding “YES!” - and today - that answer is still…
For some reasons why, check out:
To summarize what’s in those articles, the main reasons are:
1. A refurbished iPod comes with a ONE YEAR WARRANTY from Apple itself - just like a new iPod would.
2. Refurbished iPods are WAAAY CHEAPER then new iPods. Often half the price of a new iPod.
3. The biggest problem with any iPod is the battery life. When Apple refurbishes an iPod they put a BRAND NEW BATTERY in them - so you don’t have to worry about the battery not working, it’s a new battery anyway!
If you’ve bought a refurbished iPod, please leave a comment with your experiences.
Was it a good purchase? If so, why? If it was a bad experience, please let us know what went wrong!
Or, if you are feeling BRAVE …. you can try a DIY refurbish.
Above radiokillplay has sorted his iPod into three sections: the hard drive, cpu board, and power board. Below is the iPod being reassembled:
So if you feel you can stomach seeing the insides of the iPod and feel confident that you too can do a refurbish and decide to give this method a try … then do let us know of your success (or otherwise!) and, of course, include pics!