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My hand-me-down iPod came from my brother who lives in Japan. It's seriously old. "Only" 20GB of storage and a black & white text-only screen. (I get picked on for this, but it's completely adequate for my needs.) The battery in this thing had literally about a two-minute life once it was completely charged. If I wanted to listen to it at work, a typical session would look something like this: Turn on iPod, wait for boot up, select song, hear the first two notes, and then iPod would give me the "no power" error and shut down before I could plug it in. Occasionally I'd remember to plug it in first, and then things would go more smoothly, but it was frustrating that I could never put it in my pocket and go for a walk with it or anything. I was tethered to my desk if I wanted to listen.
Finally decided to take the plunge and replace the battery, so that's when I found Ifixit. The battery/tool kit was cheap, it arrived quickly, and I only let it sit on the counter for 3 days before we got around to attempting the replacement.
Cracking open the device was the biggest issue. Sure, we had the plastic "tools" Ifixit provided in the kit, but they just bend when you try to use them, so those "tools" were of zero assistance (with the exception of the tiny screwdriver we used later in the process) and have been repurposed as fancy colorful cat toys that skid across a hard floor really well. The cat finds them irresistable, I just think they're really frustrating and a waste of time. Eventually we got the thing open after trying razor blades, knives, and various small flathead screwdrivers we had laying around. Only one finger was punctured in the process, so we consider it a success. The plastic of the case got a little chewed up in the process, but I filed the raspy edge with a nail file and it's acceptable in appearance again. (It's an old device, I really don't care how it looks if it works well)
The little Torx screwdriver worked like a charm once we got the case open, and had access to the inner workings. Once we had the screws out and the hard drive out of the way, we finally had our target in sight. We wrestled a little with getting the battery out, that's some pretty good adhesive they fix it in there with, but once the old was out, it was smooth sailing. Reconnect the new battery, put everything back where it's supposed to be, and BOOM. "New" iPod.
You can try using the plastic tools if you want. Or you can just go ahead and give them to the cat. They are really flimsy and just a waste of time, IMHO. That said, I am not a "genius" by any stretch of the imagination, so maybe I was just doing it wrong, but I followed the instructions. Perhaps the instructions could be more detailed on using the tools? I'd read more reviews if I could go back in time. Maybe there were more helpful hints in there I could have used to have damaged my case a little less, but it's really not that bad.
Be careful if you use something sharp...finger punctures are painful and avoidable.
Cats like new toys.
Sorry, I forgot to take photos.