"Two duds in a row?"2.0 starson by MollieOwl
Pros: Compact, slim, colorful, great visual quality for the price
Cons: Audio quality was mediocre, almost too small, two separate models died on me twice
Summary: Generally, I am a loyal Apple lover. I adore my MacBook and I love my silver iPod Mini, which is still going strong after five years of heavy, daily use! My only complaint with it is the short battery life, but that's to be expected at this point. Last year I asked for an iPod Nano for my birthday, figuring it was time for an update. iTunes was no longer reading my older Mini, and I was getting tired of having to charge it every other hour. I was so excited to get a shiny, pink new 8GB Nano! It worked wonderfully for almost a year, until this past January- when suddenly the screen went blank and it wouldn't boot up even when I plugged it into my computer. I tried everything you'd expect- rebooting, etc, but nothing worked. The screen stayed stubbornly black!
Finally I caved and took it to the Apple store, where they pronounced it dead and did give me another 8GB pink Nano for free, as my old one was still under the warranty. This current one didn't last even six months! A week ago, it too froze and refused to power up. I have tried the usual fixes all over again, but nothing has brought it back. Unfortunately, as this one was given to me because of a warranty, it does not have any protection. I can't take it back to the Apple store.
Currently, I'm scouting refurbished iPod Classics and fourth generation Nanos. I'm even considering having my Mini refurbished instead of buying another iPod, as my budget is very tight!
I've heard of this happening before, so in my opinion this generation is just a dud in general. It's not that I wouldn't consider buying another iPod- it's just that I wouldn't consider buying THIS generation. My Mini's performance has been truly impressive.