Rust Killed My iPod Shuffle

I love my iPod, but I think I finally killed it.  Over the last couple of months, I noticed that the amount of power (both battery life and audible decibal counts) had began to decrease.  Finally, it began refusing to turn on and, if it did, the audio was all garbled and messed up.  It sounded like it eventually was just short-circuiting.

iPod ShuffleSo, I did what I had to.  I cussed at it and then went to Best Buy and bought a replacement (I would have rather bought it for less elsewhere, but I had a gift certificate which made it practically free.)

Don’t get me wrong: I love the iPod.  I just wish it was more resistant to sweat.  After a while, I noticed that sweat had actually pooled inside the lanyard cap where the USB connection is.  The USB dongle used to be shiny, but had now actually rusted over time - even to the point where it no longer wanted to easily plug into the front of my Apple G5 tower.

If any of you out there have had this same problem (which I’ve heard others complain about), leave a comment and maybe a good suggestion in how to avoid this problem. I know Apple makes the plastic Apple iPod Shuffle Sports Case, but all the reviews I’ve read seem to make it sound like something that will break after a couple of months.  And, if that’s the case, I’d rather not bother waisting my money.

Until then, I’ll just avoid tucking it under my shirt (which means fighting with the long-hanging cords) and see what happens.  Or, maybe I’ll just buy one of those armbands I’ve seen.

What are your thoughts?

Posted by: Dave Smay on August 21, 2006