45 minutes - 2 hours
My boys are musicians. They rely heavily on their iPods for entertainment and research. When the headphone jack began to fail on one of the units, borrowing one of the other iPods became a frequent occurrence. When the second units jack lost the left channel only one working iPod remained. You can imagine the frustration that ensued!
A fourth iPod was purchased to help alleviate the demand, but it left us with 2 unusable iPods: a 30BG 5th generation iPod Video and a 120GB iPod classic (thin).
I found the ifixit site online and ordered replacement jack and hold switches along with spudgers, opening tools and a putty knife. Everything arrived within about a week.
This was my first experience trying to repair an iPod. I started with the 30GB iPod Video because it looked like it would be the easiest to open.
The tools and the guides really made opening the device simple. I was surprised. I've made it through step 11, removing the tape holding the ribbon cables to the inside of the case. I've been stymied by the screws holding the switch in place. I didn't purchase the screw driver because I thought the small metal screwdriver set I already have would do. It doesn't. The screws in the iPod require an extremely small Phillips screwdriver. I've been unsuccessful in finding a sufficiently small screwdriver to get the job done.
I wish I had ordered the screwdriver with the other tools and parts. The cost is small, but ordering the screwdriver now will nearly double it's price because of shipping costs.
It would have been helpful if the guide had mentioned that the screws required a very fine screwdriver. It might have prompted me to purchase that tool, too.
iPod Classic Thin Headphone Jack & Hold Switch
1.5" Thin Putty Knife
iPod Video 30 GB Headphone Jack & Hold Switch