while most shuffle owners don’t know it yet, in a year or two there will be a lot of folks wondering where their battery life went. applecare’s battery replacement service for normal ipods is available for the low, low price of $99. think they will have a cheapo shuffle battery replacement service? think different.
we mentioned earlier that someone posted photos of an ipod shuffle disassembly. the previous disassembly left a few key questions unanswered, namely:
do you need to butcher the buttons to take your shuffle apart?
will the average joe be able to replace the battery?
what else is under the hood?
can it be cleanly reassembled?
this howto will attempt to answer these questions while disassembling the shuffle in a non-destructive manner.