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Fuck. (iPod death)
My iPod died. It froze in the middle of a song last night, and since then, it has refused to start up past the apple. Here's what I've done thus far:

Reset, gone into diagnostic mode to poke around there. No luck.
Since it didn't boot, I couldn't get into disk mode, nor could I get it to connect to my computer (via USB - Firewire's still dead)
Skipped into diagnostic mode again, and chose USB disk. Ok, now it boots.
Backed up iPod data, then reformatted the iPod with hopes that once doing so, the iPod updater software would recognize it. No such luck - now my iPod boots into a folder + exclamation mark icon. Yay -.-;;
Tried using PC software to reinstall the iPod system software - The iPod is only recognized when it's in Diagnostic/USB Disk mode. iPod software reinstalled successfully. But doesn't seem to have any effect other than making an empty MSDOS partition on my iPod.
Trying to restore the previously backed up iPod data onto my iPod, still via Diagnostic/USB Disk mode. Disk Utility keeps giving me errors, like "An error (16) occurred while copying. (Resource busy)".


I'm looking at three choices now:
1. Get a broken 3rd Gen iPod off eBay for $30-$50 and use parts from there to swap motherboards so I can use firewire and maybe get it to work again. And maybe even upgrade my iPod's hard drive...
2. Buy a cheap flash mp3 player and wait for the next generation iPod to appear. Those iPod (ex-Photo) are nice - $369.00 for 60 GB with color... still don't like the click wheel though.
3. Screw Apple. And go with something else. Like an iRiver, which I hear is good... although that's only from one person. And they're just as, if not more, expensive for less disk space.
There's always the fourth option:
Find a third party iPod repair company

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From: starkravingsane Date: August 14th, 2005 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gah. That sucks. How long have you had your iPod now?
If you're looking into getting a non-iPod hard-drive player, I wouldn't recommend an iRiver. Great sound, but kind of a lousy interface. (I'll say this for the iPod - uber-easy navigation.)
I would recommend a Sony HD5, but I don't think that it's compatible with Macs. You might wanna look into Creative's Zen Touch, which is pretty nice, if a little (and I do mean a little) thick.
Or you could wait for the next generation of iPod. Which, considering you have a Mac, might be the best course of action (though I'm not much of an iPod fan myself).
ibneko From: ibneko Date: August 15th, 2005 03:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Got it for my 18th birthday, so it's nearing 2 years old now...

Lousy interface... ::nods:: Will keep that in mind. I do believe I've read that elsewhere too... shall have to bug my friend for his iRiver and poke at it.

Nope, no positive reports of Sony HD5 to mac compatibility.

Mmmm, yeah, am thinking of getting a small and cheap mp3 player for no more than $40, and then waiting a year or so.

(Hm, for future (self?) reference, there's also the Rio Karma, iAudio series, and Archos Gmini series. The iAudio series actually looks quite good, with more functions than the current iPods. The Gmini is small, as is the Rio Karma.)
From: starkravingsane Date: August 15th, 2005 10:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Actually, I own the Rio Karma. I rather like it - fabulous sound, and it's comfortable to hold, even if it is a bit thick.
Now the bad news - it is rather difficult to find cases for the Karma (if you really want one, check out mindknob.com). There have also been reports of hard drive failure after several months, but I've had my unit (which was refurbished) since February and haven't really had any major problems. The Rio Music Manager software is really simple to use, especially if all you use it for is putting music on your Karma.
It's rather lacking in the extra features - no fm tuner, voice recorder, games, etc. I don't really want all that stuff anyway, but if you want an mp3 player that does more than mp3s (and FLAC and OGG and WMA...), then the Karma isn't for you.
You kind find refurbished units. v. cheap on eBay (which is where I got mine). Amazon.com is selling refurbished Karmas for $150, which is also a pretty sweet deal.
fbartho From: fbartho Date: August 15th, 2005 04:49 am (UTC) (Link)
that sucks man... what's that about a diagnostic mode... I don't have that do I?
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