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Does this mean my battery is going?

I bought an iPod 3rd generation on ebay. The owner said they had replaced the battery at some point, but did not say when. Basically when i charge it, it does not register a charge at all at first. Then as I listen to it, the battery bar gradually goes up. The battery drains kinda fast too.

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I would say yes - there is a problem with the battery - but don't forget - the battery rated life is way shorter than in newer models

on the iPod wiki page is a list where you can compare them - the times are for new batteries - so a used one can be slightly off . your model should work around 8h with a new battery (that means continuous play - not every 2 seconds switching the song ;-) )

as i mentioned in one of your other questions - i would sell it and get a different one from ebay - if you need looooooong playtimes - a nano 3g works great - have one that playes 25.5h in shuffle mode, my mini plays around 5.5h - but thats ok - the plus side of the mini is the compatibility - if the 4gb microdrive dies - i can put a cheap compact flash card in it, my nano 1g works for 6.5h (times always in shuffle mode)

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