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Apple upgrading some iPods for free

Posted April 17, 2012

Trade in your 6-year-old iPod for a brand new one, no charge.

It sounds too good to be true, right? It's not.

Maybe you've seen one of the emails that claim Apple will let you trade in your first-generation iPod Nano for a brand new one.

Dave Wilson saw the email and had one of the old iPods stuffed in a drawer.

"I couldn't turn it on, it couldn't hold a charge," Wilson said of the iPod that broke a few years ago.

As for the offer, "We weren't sure if it was real," Wilson laughed.

Plenty of people had that same reaction. But Wilson sent in his iPod, thinking "I hope this comes back."

Again laughing, he added, "Well, it doesn't do me any good. It's broken. So, I wasn't going to lose anything."

The offer is real.

First-generation iPod Nano Apple upgrading some iPods for free

Apple is recalling first-generation Nanos – that's the ones that are black or white. They were sold between September 2005 and December 2006.

The problem is the battery can overheat. The solution: mail Apple the old one, they'll exchange it for a new one.

Wilson got his new touch screen iPod Nano just weeks after he sent in the old one.

"It's half the size, it does FM radio, as well as songs," he said. "And it's a touch screen, so it's pretty nice."

Wilson has since sent off his wife's Nano.


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  • ceevee Apr 20, 2012

    I sent in my old ipod nano and received a "new" one n return. But my guess is that it is refurbished because I have had nothing but problems with it - randomly turning off, not keeping a charge and screen goes in and out! I called Apple and the refused to repair/replace since it was already a replacement. Wish I would have kept my old one :( I wonder if all of the nanos from the class action suit are refurbished?

  • luvthebch Apr 19, 2012

    Sent in my old 1G nano which was scratched and not used anymore. Got the new one back which is 8G and I use the pedometer everyday.

  • NCSU84 Apr 18, 2012

    I have a 2005 Ipod mini... :(

  • TeenDad2electricboogaloo Apr 18, 2012

    The new Nano is also a pedometer, has great sound and is practically indistinguishable from magic.
    April 18, 2012 9:10 a.m.

    Not many comments can make me lol but that did. Splendid.

  • justbcauz Apr 18, 2012

    This just made my day. I have a 1st gen nano that has been sitting around the house for years (that's what happens when you purchase a shuffle and an iTouch). Woohoo!

  • joeBob Apr 18, 2012

    Yep. It's the real deal. Kind of a hidden or secret warranty. I can't even remember how I found the contact info but I found out about the "warranty" accidentally on line. My new free Nano is light years a head of the old original and it was way cool for it's day. Solid state memory instead of a mini or micro hard drive on the regular or classic iPods which will skip when walking briskly or running. The only down side to the new Nano is it is so small you could easily lose or misplace it. They make aftermarket watch bands for them as it is also a clock. Only problem there is you have to recharge your "wrist watch" every now and then. The new Nano is also a pedometer, has great sound and is practically indistinguishable from magic.