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This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your iPod Classic, use our service manual.

  1. iPod Classic Teardown, iPod Classic Teardown: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Apple ships two new iPods on the same day, and we take apart two new iPods on the same day (well, the same shift).

    • We title this picture, "rising to the challenge."

  2. iPod Classic Teardown: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • In the box:

    • A larger manual for a larger iPod.

    • A USB to iPod cable.

    • Headphones.

    • A dock insert, to adjust for different thicknesses between the 80 GB and 160 GB models.

    • A sleek, silver iPod Classic.

  3. iPod Classic Teardown: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • The 80 GB Classic and 30 GB Video side-by-side. They have the same footprint, but the Classic manages to be thinner while holding more.

    • The front is anodized aluminum, and is slightly beveled in contrast to the Video's flat, plastic top.

  4. iPod Classic Teardown: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Yep. Everything looks the same in here.

    • Those of you keeping score will notice that we took awhile to get into this one. Why, you ask? As with its faceplate, the Classic exchanged plastic tabs for metal ones. The new tabs catch much more effectively, making the case harder to open up.

  5. iPod Classic Teardown: step 5, image 1 of 1
    • The battery takes up most of the Nano's space, but in the Classic, the hard drive is king.

  6. iPod Classic Teardown: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • The entry level Classic hard drive is 80 GB, which is nothing new in an iPod, but whereas the Video's 80 GB hard drive is 8 mm thick, the Classic's is 5 mm.

    • Thank you, Toshiba.

  7. iPod Classic Teardown: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • We were surprised to find a new metal plate backing the display. Perhaps it was put there to support the display, making a break less likely?

  8. iPod Classic Teardown: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Here are all the bits and pieces. A few things to note:

    • The battery is exactly the same as the 30 GB Video's.

    • The logic board is now secured to the metal framework by two screws (as opposed to none in the Video).

    • The new display is quite a bit thinner than the Video's (about seventy percent as thick).

  9. iPod Classic Teardown: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • A view of the top of the logic board.

  10. iPod Classic Teardown: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • A (prettier) view of the bottom of the logic board.


make it part not step

Lucien Ninfo - Reply

Why has none commented?

Lucien Ninfo - Reply

Thank you for the overview. My ipod classic still works!

Will Blkly - Reply

With the Retirement of the iPod Classic this month, the repair-ability factor is going to get some scrutiny. Apple made a fully-repairable device here (strangely, IKR?), that given it's simplistic design, will probably be in use deep into the next decade. No Matter what your streaming music provider is, there is a hard-point on taking 40K songs with you offline, to mix and playlist in whatever way you want. Without Ads, without interruption, anywhere, any time, whether there's WiFi or not, rain or sunshine, airplane or train, city center or the remote outback, if it has battery power, you're set to play tunes! Bluetooth? Don't need it. The iPod was the gold-standard of music players in a very reasonable price-category. Sure you get some insane music players now, at equally insane prices, but the humble iPod classic remains king of the road.

Neill Powell - Reply

You need to do it step by step not just do it behind the camera because I don't know how to disassemble this iPod.

Harlan Casey - Reply

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