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Payout delayed in iPod battery deal

Those waiting to collect from Apple Computer's iPod battery settlement will have to wait a little bit longer.

In June, Apple said that it had reached a deal with Girard Gibbs & De Bartolomeo, the law firm that had brought the class action claim. Under the terms of the pact, those who bought iPods before May 31, 2004, would be eligible to receive a battery replacement, $25 in cash, or $50 in Apple store credit, depending on the specifics of their situation.

The agreement received approval from the court in August. However, on Oct. 26, as the deadline for appealing the settlement was approaching, two individuals objected to the deal.

Payments from Apple are now delayed, pending a hearing or dismissal of the appeal claim, according to information posted on the Gerard Gibbs Web site.