Own A First Generation iPod Nano? You Need To Read This

Owners of first generation iPod Nano’s should read this post on the Apple website. There is a worldwide replacement program for owners of these iPods that’s meant to address the fact that they might overheat and catch fire:

Apple has determined that, in very rare cases, the battery in the iPod nano (1st generation) may overheat and pose a safety risk. Affected iPod nanos were sold between September 2005 and December 2006.

This issue has been traced to a single battery supplier that produced batteries with a manufacturing defect. While the possibility of an incident is rare, the likelihood increases as the battery ages.

Apple recommends that you stop using your iPod nano (1st gen) and follow the process noted below to order a replacement unit, free of charge.

I’m not sure how rare this is. I’ve written about problems in Japan has had problems with this generation of iPods before and there have been similar reports elsewhere which includes a similar recall in South Korea when the government forced them to do it. Clearly there’s a major problem with this iPod. I might have given them a free pass on this if they dealt with this sooner. But it appears that they decided not to for whatever reason. That really looks bad on Apple.

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