“The Apple iPod is one of the most popular consumer electronic products in history. Thus far, 10 million have been sold to music lovers. But you may be surprised to learn what happens when the battery on the iPod dies. Our Shame On You team reports that battery replacement problems are making some people irate over the iPod. See why Arnold Diaz puts Apple in the Hall of Shame,” The CBS 2 New York website reads.

CBS 2 New York has video of this local station feature online.

See it here.

MacDailyNews Take: Of course, the CBS 2 video doesn’t work for Macs, so shame on you CBS 2 for offering only the Windows Media format and greeting your Mac Safari users with, “Warning – Unsupported Browser Internet Explorer 5.0 (or higher) or Netscape 7.1 (or higher) is required to play video on this site at this time.” This is basically an old rehash of the Neistat B.S. in an amateurish “gotcha” local news segment that attempts to trade on the iPod name – you’d think New York City would have better local news, but, of course, this is CBS, after all.

For anyone interested in actually useful information about iPod battery replacements, Other World Computer (a long time MacDailyNews sponsor) and Newer Tech offer a well-known (except by Arnold Diaz and CBS 2 New York viewers) solution that provides up to 70% more capacity vs. Apple’s original iPod battery, includes non-scratch tools, easy instructions, and will get you 20+ hours of runtime for US$29.95 or $39.95 depending on your iPod model. Of course, if this solution was included in the “report,” this easily-obtainable information would completely douse the sensationalism in this rehash package from a disgraced network’s flagship affiliate. And who would want to do that during February sweeps?

More info about the Newer Technology iPod Replacement Batteries from Other World Computing here.

More info about Apple’s iPod battery replacement program here.

Related MacDailyNews articles:
Apple iPod replacement battery lasts longer, costs less, easy to install yourself – December 19, 2004
Apple posts iPod, iPod mini battery life information webpage – June 30, 2004
iPod’s clean secret: replaceable battery usually lasts years – February 18, 2004