30 minutos - 2 horas
My son's girlfriend's iPod battery was dying. We've repaired other iPods (including an iPod Touch 4th generation)--how hard could this be?
Holy cow: they're not kidding when they say this iPod is difficult to open. The clip at the top of the iPod was the one we had the most trouble with. Once the case was apart, swapping out the battery was pretty easy (if you have a good eye and steady hand for all the small cables and clips).
Nearly all the clips on the iPod classic are simple snap clips; pulling the bottom case away from the top with the putty knife is sufficient to release them. The clip system at the top is more like a latch-the top case has a backward "L" shape (seen clearly in the photo at step 17); the bottom case has a flat clip that seats in the crook of the "L". Try to push the flat clip towards the top--although it's possible the crook in the L would make that difficult. We bent the flat clip up with much difficulty when separating the case, but eventually got it apart. Needle-nose pliers bent it back in shape (with a cloth to protect the outside of the case.) We spent 2.5 hours on the operation, with at least two hours in the opening of the case. Once open, everything went great.