If you picked up a first generation iPod Nano back before it went mainstream, it’s time to turn your drawers upside down and find yourself a shipping box before it explodes . Almost 6 years after it was introduced, Apple is finally expanding its battery recall program beyond Korea, and is offering everyone a free trade up to the new design. Why wait so long you ask? According to an Apple spokesperson, the likelihood of a problem increases as the battery ages.
The issue which was first discovered back in 2009 has to do with overheating battery packs, and in some rare cases, can even lead to a fire. The first generation Nano’s were sold between September 2005 and December 2006, and as long as your player is still in one piece, is eligible for a replacement. Owners should head on over to Apple’s replacement page to get the process started, but be warned if this is still your primary music player. We are told the replacement can take up to 6 weeks to process, so hopefully you’ve got something else to fall back on.