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As most of you are aware, if you have an Ipod, you can get a
boombox with an Ipod dock, which charges the Ipod and plays the
music through it's speakers. Many of these units can run on
However, the battery-operated Ipod boomboxes I've seen can't
charge the Ipod when running on batteries!
know it's possible to charge Ipods off of traditional batteries
because I have seen "extended battery packs" which are nothing
than an AA battery holder with an Ipod cable. These things charge
the Ipod from 4 AA batteries, so I don't understand why these
boomboxes that take 8 D batteries (!!!) can't power the Ipod!
How about a boombox that can charge the Ipod batteries WHEN
IT"S ON BATTERY POWER-If you
want to save the battery life of the actual boombox itself, there
could be an Ipod charge on/off switch, so that it only charges the
Ipod if you want it to. This way, you could get some extra battery
life when the boombox batteries begin to run low by turning off
Ipod charging function manually. Or, instead of switching the
charging off, you could connect the Ipod via cable to the line-in
to just play the music through the speakers without charging to
the battery life of the boombox when it starts to run low
Now you may ask "Won't the boombox drain before the Ipod
batteries run out anyway???" Well, yes-if your Ipod's batteries are
relatively new. You see, the Ipod's rechargeable batteries are not
really user replaceable-it requires opening the Ipod, because there
is no cover (which is a retarded design). Apple's service to replace
the rechargeable batteries costs about $60!!!! It's a F***ing rip off!
Not to mention that you're sans Ipod for about 3 weeks while it's
The idea here is to allow you to continue to use your boombox on
batteries reguardless of the condition/age of the Ipod batteries
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||I replaced the batteries in my iPod myself...I have a 20GB, 1/2"-thick, B&W screen model. I bought a battery replacement kit online for about $25 I think. It included plastic prising tools to get the case off. It is definitely a pain and voids your warranty, but it can be done.
||I know you can do it yourself-but as you said, it's a pain and
voids the warranty, and it also risks breaking the ipod if you
screw up. I really wish they had made it easier. If it weren't
for the stupid copyright protection on the Itunes music
store, I'd just buy a different MP3 player altogether-one that
takes AAA batteries, coz I can just get rechargeable AAA
||The more i know about the Ipod the less inclined I am to own one. Best MP3 player I have ever seen cost less than $20us used one AA battery and will likely still work long after it is obsolete.
||Always with the batteries.
||Well you can still get replacement batteries even for
discontinued models of most devices, but the cost is
often prohibitive ($40+) if it's not user replaceable-or even
if it is, on some devices the batteries themselves are
expensive to buy. Since people's needs for battery life
vary, some people, depending on how they use the
device,may still have plenty of capacity left after owning
the device for several years, but rechargeable batteries
quit sooner or later, so eventually even those who rarely
use the device are found staring at a blank screen
immediatly after disconnecting the charger, and end up
tethered to the wall with the device until they can get
replacement batteries for it. Thus, it would be bad
business not to offer replacement batteries for long-
discontinued devices-and that company would no doubt
lose customers if the customers were basically thrown out
in the snow after their device was discontinued.
||//Best MP3 player I have ever seen cost less than $20us
used one AA battery and will likely still work long after it is
obsolete.// I've actually seen MP3 players in the $50 to
$120 range that use AAA batteries-they probably have more
memory, and some actually have a color screen (for below