Cupertino has finally held it's hands up and agreed to settle on several class action suits brought against it over 'faulty' iPod batteries:
Apple Computer has agreed to settle several class action suits over the battery life of its popular iPod portable music players, offering extended service warranties and $50 store credits to consumers who lobbed complaints.
The law firms representing the plaintiffs began sending notices of the preliminary settlement this week to more than 2 million U.S. residents who purchased iPods between the date of the device's debut in 2001 and May 31, 2004. A judge in San Mateo County, Calif., is expected to grant final approval of the settlement at a hearing on Aug. 25.
The legal dispute began in 2003, when eight consumers in California and New York filed suits alleging that Apple had misrepresented the durability of its iPod batteries when it claimed they would last the lifetime of the device and would power uninterrupted play for up to 10 hours. Many found that the batteries held their charge for only four or five hours of continuous play.
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Depending on the age and generation iPod you have, you'll be able to claim compensation. The article details the differing levels, and you can apply for the compensation by heading over to the Girard & Gibbs website here
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