Apple iPod Batteries

Apple offers 50 dollar credit for iPod battery problems

People who were the first to get on the i-Pod bandwagon are set to get 50-dollar coupons and extended service warranties from Apple.

The perks are included in a tentative settlement of a class-action lawsuit over the i-Pod's rechargeable battery. Consumers who sued said early versions of the digital music player didn't live up to claims that its rechargeable battery would last the product's lifetime and play up to ten hours of music. They said it would last only about four hours and complained they had to buy replacements after a year and a-half at 99 dollars a pop.

Lawyers say the settlement could affect as many as two million people who bought versions of i-Pod through May 2004.