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The factory one will last you 18 months, after which you can pay apple $100 to replace it or buy your own battery for $50 with a 1 year warranty.

Actually, the life expectancy of EVERY lithium-ion battery on the planet - regardless of the device it's used in - isn't measured over time, but over a number of duty-cycles (charges).

While you do not lower the overall capacity of the battery by charging it whenever you want, you DO lower the total number of available duty-cycles by one for each time you charge it. Therefore maximum battery life is still attained by only charging the battery when it has been completely drained. If, over an 18 month period, you charge the battery enough times to reduce the number of available duty-cycles to zero, then the battery will need to be replaced. My POS cordless phone has eaten up three replacement batteries in as many years because of this, and they're $40 each - not quite iPod level, but hardly free. A replacement battery for my portable printer is $150 and is only expected to endure 300 charge cycles!!

People need to understand that it's a problem with BATTERIES, not iPods. If there's a problem with the iPod, it would be that it's designed for the convenience factor of acquiring a charge whenever it's 'docked'.. if you dock it six or seven times a day, then yes, you're killing off the number of duty-cycles your battery has available, and quite arbitrarily.

As you can see from that site, however, replacing them is stupidly easy. The reason it's such a void-your-warranty affair is because Apple doesn't really want people to realize that once you've got an iPod apart to that degree, swapping out the hard-drive for a larger one is also pretty damn simple...

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