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iPod 3-Hour Battery

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Our 'Pod's battery does run for 10 hours if you turn it on to repeat and just let it play. But in the real world of turning it on and off and letting it sit for a few days drives battery life down to about 3 hours. I have scoured the discussions on Apple's Support pages and find that lots of others are having this problem. I've tried all the conventional remedies suggested there (upgrade to 1.1, no long files, turning the lock switch on when not using, making sure it is really turned off and not paused, running it to zero and then recharging, etc.) It still gets 3 hours--and it two weeks out of warranty. A li'l help? <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
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Turn you iPod off instead of just letting it sit there. (hold down play for 5 seconds)

You will get much more battery life.
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Did you read what I wrote? Of course I turned it off, REALLY off. When it's "sitting" around I don't leave it on. Let me make this real clear. Go to spa, play music for one hour work out, turn off iPod and put in spa bag with lock switch on, go back to spa two or three days later, repeat. After three repetitions the battery is dead with a total of three hours running time and four or five days of sitting-in-bag-turned-off time. Ideas?
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I imagine that you have already seen a suggestion to keep the backlight off; just repeating it in case you haven't.

Most importantly I find that setting up numerous playlists makes a big difference since that way I don't have to constantly fiddle with the dial, which means the hard disk is rarely running. Punching the buttons, such as to skip a song, seems less likely to fire it up.

I found that letting it sit for a few days between use makes no difference on mine. I have yet to find a review, or Apple specs, that investigates on the one hand electrical loads: of each function / volume level, etc. and on the other hand the battery: design life, variation in storage capacity as a function of initial charge, etc. In essence we need an engineering analysis by an electronics lab rather than a discussion of personal experience, which is basically a trial and error approach.

Any mags up to it? A cross comparison with other MP3 players would be most interesting ...
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