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MPs' bid for cheaper iPod batteries

Apple told to up production

Concern over the lifespan of the iPod's rechargeable battery has reached the UK's House of Commons, with 11 Members of Parliament (MPs) putting their names to a motion calling for Apple to ensure that replacement batteries are plentiful in supply and priced at a reasonable level.

Labour MP for Chorley, Lindsay Hoyle, tabled the motion, stating his concern regarding the "difficulty people are having in replacing batteries for iPods".

He notes: "iPods were a favorite Christmas present, with a value of between £250 to £400, but when people come to buy replacement batteries they find that they cost £100 and that they have little knowledge of where such batteries can be obtained from".

As this is an Early Day Motion (EDM), it is unlikely that it will be debated in the commons.

This motion comes days after Apple's announcement that it has made the iPod battery-replacement scheme available in the UK. The scheme has been running in the US since last November.

Apple is offering UK iPod owners who are experiencing reduced charge on their iPod battery the chance to replace their battery for £79.

The company is also offering extended customer support to iPod customers for £59.99. This allows owners of iPods to extend their 90 days of complimentary support and one-year warranty on their iPod to up to two years of support and service. This will include a replacement battery if required.

According to Apple, it has not been inundated with complaints about the iPod's battery life, as rumors would suggest. But the company did admit to The Mail on Sunday that battery life "depends on how much you use it".

Apple's UK PR manager David Millar said: "The battery could quite happily go on for five years. But if you used it all day every day it's going to have a shorter lifespan than if it's something you use on the train three times a week for 20 minutes at a time.

"There is no battery that doesn't have a limited life. That's just the laws of physics," Millar explained.


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