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Apple starts first-gen iPod nano swap program in Japan

updated 07:35 am EDT, Wed August 11, 2010

Apple starts taking Japan iPod nano replacements

Apple in following regulator orders has started an iPod nano replacement program in Japan. Those who bought the first-generation MP3 player between its launch in September 2005 and its exit in September 2006 can get the device replaced if it overheats. The issue is blamed on possible problems with battery manufacturers.

The exchange program came after Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry had noted 34 incidents relating to the battery in the country, including fires, discoloration and other symptoms of the lithium-ion batteries overheating. Other iPod nano models aren't known to be affected.

Lithium-ion batteries have carried such risks in the past as a sudden impact or other damage can trigger a chemical reaction, but the design of the battery and its enclosure can instigate overheating on its own. Notebooks in the past few years have faced widespread recalls.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Eldernorm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    If the battery maker

    is Japanese, can Apple make the government place the blame there too...???

    How about if people are using third party rechargers,,,,,,, how about then....

    The problem with finger pointing is that you have to take all things into account. Not just the whims of a political fat cat who wants to get reelected.

    Just a thought,

  1. Raman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Pull Out

    This isn't happening (as often?) all over the world. I'm wondering if its something to do with Japanese infrastructure.

    Apple should pull out of Japan and let their citizens write their elected officials and tell them they want this BS stopped.

    I mean seriously, Apple products last a LONG time but stuff I purchased from them in 2005 has long gone to Uncle Craig (s list).

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why do the pull-out method?

    Everyone knows that the Rhythm Method works much better. In this case, the rhythm is once a year. What a way to clear out inventory in August before the new stuff comes out?

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Oh, I think Apple

    can manage their business quite well on their own, regarding this replacement (or any other) program.

    If Apple needs to address the product it sold, regardless of who made the components, then they will (albeit with some prodding..).

    If Apple has a beef with a component supplier, then they will address that, too.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The 'Apple should pull out' or "It isn't Apple's fault" are just a bunch of apologists and whiners. I'm sure if the screens were breaking, you'd tell them to go after the display manufacturer.

    It doesn't matter who makes the battery. Apple released the product, they're responsible. Just like if there were a rash of fires caused by Dell laptops, you wouldn't be proclaiming that they should go after the maker of the battery or the power brick or the memory controller.

    And I'd like Raman explain how having a defective product fixed is 'BS'? Oh, I know, it's only '34' incidents. Gov't agencies shouldn't waste their time until there's a million or two problems. They aren't insisting on all iPods be fixed, or even all nanos. Just a particular model of nano. You know, the one which has the tendency to cause fires in some cases.

    Some of you all have a real problem. You really seem to believe that every gov't agency or business or journalist who does anything that doesn't involve showering Apple with complete praise is 'out to get apple' or the like.

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