: Disgruntled third-generation iPod owners looking for improved battery performance may be able to send the unit back to Apple for a replacement, or alternatively receive a store credit for $50 by mail under this week's finalized class action lawsuit settlement. Following the dismissal of an appeal that could have delayed claims for up to a year, the official website says that "Apple and the Settlement Administrator can move forward with claims administration and claims fulfillment." Deadlines relating to claim submissions have not changed, according to the website. The settlement was approved by a judge in August, who alleged that Apple misrepresented the iPod's battery life.
Owners of first-, and second-generation iPods were also covered under the settlement, but the deadline to file for a store credit of $50 or a check from Apple for $25 expired on September 30th. Owners of third-generation iPods hoping to send the unit back to Apple or receive a store credit must ensure the request is postmarked within two years of the original purchase date.
Originally anyone who purchased a first-, second-, or third-generation iPod on or before May 31st, 2004 in the U.S. was eligible to take part in the settlement.
According to to the settlement, “Battery Failure” describes a situation where the capacity of an iPod's battery has dropped to four hours or less of continuous audio playback, with earbuds attached, with respect to the third-generation iPod, or five hours or less of continuous audio playback, with earbuds attached, with respect to the first-generation iPod and the second-generation iPod.
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