Caitlin (stay_please) wrote in u2,

So, I have a subscription to this wonderful magazine, Mental_Floss. They also have a neat blog that I feed into my flist. And there have been a few U2 related posts this week.

First, one of their bloggers, thinks U2 is out to get him, as his iPods have frozen on U2 songs...

As you’ll see this coming Friday, I like U2. Call my taste in rock’n’roll mediocre, call me a sell-out, or just an old geezer (all are true to some degree), but I’ve been following the band loyally since their first album 102 years ago.

But I don’t like the band as much as I used to, and it has nothing to do with the direction they’ve gone in. Here’s why:

In 2004 I bought my first iPod. For a couple months the thing worked just fine. Then one day I was at the gym, listening to U2’s “Walk On” and the thing froze right in the middle of the song.

I tried all the fancy reset instructions in the manual, but alas, the thing wouldn’t unfreeze and the battery eventually lost its charge because I couldn’t turn it off, either.

I took it to Apple and, after confirming that it was, indeed, stuck on “Walk On” they replaced the iPod on the spot. (Luckily, it was still under warranty.) I was able to walk on out of the store with a brand new iPod, which, after syncing to my Mac back home, was a mirror image of the old one. No harm, no foul.

But cut to this past weekend, three years later, and I’m at the gym once again, this time listening to U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name” and ONCE AGAIN the iPod freezes in the middle of the song – something it never did before.

Now, you’re either thinking all I listen to is U2 or I should stop going to the gym so much. But verily I say unto thee, my 40 GB iPod is nearly full, so even if I had every U2 album on there (and I think I do), that still leaves space for thousands upon thousands of songs.

So, once again I go through all the rebooting steps in the manual and this time it seems like it works, but then suddenly, as it’s rebooting, boing! I get a sad-face iPod on the screen basically telling me there’s been a meltdown.

So I take it to the Apple iPod Bar near me, just to confirm. And, indeed, the hard drive is kaput (it’s the 4th Generation version, pre-flash at this size HD) and the warranty is out-of-date. With no special Apple Care, I can do nothing at this point short of buy another (I’ll buy an iPhone this time and kill two birds with one stone because I’m not into my BlackBerry, which is only slightly better than my old Treo.)

There’s a lot of irony nesting here, if you care to look. First, as you might know, U2 has a deal with Apple. Some have even suggested that in shuffle mode, the iPod will even play U2 songs (and other bands) more often than other songs (Apple jiggered the algorithm to favor certain bands, some say). More than that, there was, at one point, a U2 iPod – a 4th Generation version, that had all the band mate’s signatures etched into the back cover.

So here are my questions:

1. Have any of you had issues with U2 and an iPod?
2. Anyone know if there’s a way to save an iPod that’s “fried”?
3. Have any of you had to trash an iPod? What happened to yours?

[update! - my dead iPod is now working again, thanks to one very helpful comment from you readers. tune in thursday for your chance to win a special thank-you gift from me to one lucky reader who can correctly identify the cure!]

Link to Blog #1 for your commenting pleasure.

So, as Ryan, our blogger, updated in his first entry, some helpful commenter gave him a suggestion that fixed his loverly iPod. So he turned it into a contest, to see if anyone could guess which comment fixed his iPod....

We have a winner to our How to Fix an iPod Contest!

If you recall, two of my iPods froze while playing two different U2 songs over the course of a few years. The first time it was under warranty so the Apple store replaced it. But the second time the warranty had expired and the Apple store had no clue how to fix it. They suggested I buy a new one.

Whelp, one of our readers out-foxed the guys at the Genius Bar by dropping this comment in my original post:

Posted by Reub

I have had the same problem with my 40g iPod. Actually I had the same problem four times (I remember because I was becoming so irritated that upon recieving my fourth iPod I named it iPod #4 which pops up to remind me every time I sync it to my PC) After trading it in three times previously my warrenty was out of date. I took a trip to Mexico where the iPod decided to give me the iPod face of death. With no Apple support to be found for hundreds of miles I became so frustrated that I did what anybody would do to fix a broken piece of electronics: I threw it on the ground. =) Low and behold the jolt from the impact jumpstarted my iPod haha. I’ve gotten the screen many times afterwards and now I just kind of hit it with the palm of my hand and put my ear to it to see if the hard drive is spinning on the inside. I haven’t had to replace my iPod since. Thank you random acts of anger!

I figured I had nothing to lose, so I, too, threw the thing on the floor and voila! she’s as good as new! Thanks Reub! I’ll be sending you a copy of my novel, Behind Everyman.

And congrats to Amanda who correctly identified the two songs (“Walk On” & “Where the Streets Have No Name”) and the cure: “Did you drop it?” We’ll be in touch about your trophy In the Beginning.

Link to Blog #2.

So now that I've gone thoroughly OTP on you, let's bring it back to U2. That original post was on Monday, and he mentioned "As you'll see this Friday, I like U2." Well, every day on the Mental_Floss blog, they post a "Lunchtime Quiz". Today's quiz was "Name That U2 Song". He put up clips, and you had to pick a multiple-choice answer. I found it dumbly easy, and scored 10/10. I think most of you will, too. He uses mostly instrumental clips, except in question #3, when he starts the clip with the song title. *facepalm*

A U2 Quizzle

So, have at it.
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