iPod mail-in repair service

Blue Raven has announced a new mail-in repair service for Apple iPod and iPhone owners.

Photo of Blue Raven mail-in iPod repair kit.
Blue Raven's mail-in iPod repair kit. Is your dying iPod worth it? Blue Raven

It's a rare sight to see a functioning first or second-generation iPod out in the wild these days. If your vintage iPod's battery hasn't lost its ability to hold a charge, then there's always the chance of a failed hard drive, a broken screen, or an intermittent headphone jack. Sure, the latest crop of iPods are thinner, cheaper, and longer lasting than your bulky heirloom iPod, but if you have a soft spot for the old guy, or just resent gadget obsolescence, there's a new repair option for you.

Blue Raven, a manufacturer of DIY iPod repair kits and iPod accessories, has announced a new mail-in repair service for all models of the Apple iPod and iPhone. The mail-in service kit is available at major retailers and offers free two-way shipping of your broken iPod, along with an impressive turnaround of three business days.

Blue Raven is offering the mail-in repair kit in three flavors: a $129 kit that will repair any dead iPod regardless of what the problem turns out to be (includes battery replacement); a $59 kit that replaces any iPod's failing battery; and a $129 cracked iPhone screen kit (available in January). Each of the kits includes the free two-way shipping and a 90-day guarantee on the repair.

The services seem fairly priced, especially when you consider the convenience of just dropping your iPod or iPhone in a mailbox. The real question is, how much is your old iPod worth to you? Is that iPod Mini an heirloom, or a brick that's holding you back from a better player?

About the author

Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.

 

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