Saturday, May 10, 2008

If you bought an old iPod, Apple may owe you money

I'll be away on Monday, so I'm doing the Monday blog on Saturday.

Apple has agreed to settle two class-action lawsuits in Canada alleging it misled customers about the staying power of iPods, the latest settlement over the dwindling battery life of early iPods.

According to a court document, Apple is offering credits for its online store of about $45 to people who live in Canada and bought certain iPods there on or before June 24, 2004.

To be eligible, the battery life of their iPods - while continuously playing music - needs to have dropped to five hours or less for the first and second generation of the device and four hours or less for the third generation.

The lead plaintiffs in the lawsuits - iPod owners Ines Lenzi and Bradley Waddell - claimed Apple misrepresented iPods' battery life by claiming they were capable of eight to 10 hours of continual music playback. After recharging, however, the iPods' battery life began declining.

In 2005, the company settled a separate class-action lawsuit in the US over similar claims about iPod battery life. In that case, Apple agreed to give some iPod owners $50 in store credit or $25 in cash if the battery life in their early-generation iPods dropped below certain levels. (info from the Associated Press)

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