Apple iPod class action lawsuit settlement approved by judge

“A San Mateo County judge on Thursday approved the settlement of a class action suit that will offer relief to as many as 1.3 million iPod owners who may have been victim to poor or defective batteries. The original lawsuit, filed on behalf of US residents, alleged that Apple failed to disclose the battery limitations of its first three iPod models,” AppleInsider reports.

“The settlement applies to consumers who purchased an iPod model on or before May 31, 2004 and saw the charge of their iPod battery drop to four hours or less on a third-generation iPod, or five hours or less on one of the first two generation models. Under the settlement, owners of either a first- or second-generation model are entitled to $25 cash or $50 credit at the Apple store. Meanwhile, owners who actually paid Apple to repair a battery in one of the players will be entitled to up to half of that cost back,” AppleInsider reports. “Owners of third-generation iPod models are entitled to a free replacement battery if the battery fails.”

Full article here.

Apple iPod Settlement Claim Form here.
Apple iPod Settlement Instructions here.
Apple iPod Settlement FAQ here.

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18 Comments

  1. Does this include the original Mini 4G ?

    I have a first generation Mini that is starting to have the same battery problem that prompted this suit in the first place, yet I do not see it listed on the forms. ??

  2. They are not poor or defective batteries. They just were not well taken care of, and well, people don’t dare read the manual, just blame the company that sold it when it doesn’t do what you want. Even though it says what you just did does something you don’t want it to do. Its plain stupidity.

  3. No, the 3G iPod had a bad set up for the battery. I’ve had iPods since 2001 and I know how to take care of the battery. I charge it only when it gets near discharge, instead of daily as most people probably do. My 3G is still down to about 2-3 hours of battery use per charge. My 1G is still going strong and the mini and photo iPods are great. I’m sorry that there are probably too many of the people taking advantage of this situation, but there were some problems with the 3G model for sure.

  4. PC Rules,
    “Apple is no better than any of the other sleezy corporate bastards.”

    Not really. My son’s 3g 20g was having problems 11 months after we bought it. We took it into the Apple Store and they happily exchanged it. No more problems and we didn’t have to file a lawsuit. And we didn’t have Apple Care either.

  5. I have a 3G which probably qualifies – I haven’t done the test, but I think that it would probably qualify for the replacement battery.

    The problem is I don’t want to send it back and get a different unit. My iPod is in perfect condition and has never been dropped or abused. I may just buy an aftermarket battery for it instead.

  6. Interesting how different two industries can be, I was having trouble with my battery for a cordless drill, it was almost two years old and wouldn’t hold a charge anymore. I went to Home Depot and was told “it is common knowledge that Lithium/ion batteries only have a lifespan of two years max.”

    I haven’t heard of any other lawsuits against companies using these batteries, why are people only going after Apple? They don’t make the batteries, go after the battery manufacturers! Why is this short lifespan acceptable in other devices and not the iPod? What hypocrisy!

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