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Apple recalls original iPod nano, five years down the road

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Years ago, Apple agreed to replace faulty iPod nanos, and today it's beginning a proactive recall.

iPod nano 1st generation
iPod nano 1st generation

Still carrying around a plastic clickwheel iPod nano? Perhaps you've got one buried in a desk drawer? Apple says it could pose a fire hazard, and the company wants to replace it for you, free of charge. Two years after recalling the portable media players in Korea, and three years after announcing a policy to replace visibly overheating ones, Apple's proactively reaching out to any remaining 1st generation iPod nano owners purchased between September 2005 and December 2006. As always, the company claims the overheating issues can be traced to a single battery supplier and very few devices were ever likely to overheat at all, but apparently "the likelihood increases as the battery ages" and Apple wants to nip it in the bud now. You'll find the "iPod nano (1st generation) Replacement Program" at our source link. Have your serial number handy to see if you're eligible.

Thanks to tipsters Winston, Joey and anonymous