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Attention iPod users, Apple has posted a firmware update (1.2.6), which they say will eliminate the battery leak issue that has been dogging many units since the release of 1.2.0 firmware. This is a well-documented and much complained about issue. Funny enough, my 10G model suffered from this bug intermittently, but my old trusty 5G model (now in Verti Go-Go's household) was always immune.

The firmware fix aside, I recently learned another effective trick that saves battery power: keep the bitrate of MP3s below 192kbps, since smaller files mean less work for the hard drive and cache.

I've run the update and I'll see if I notice a difference in battery consumption over the next week or so...

Here's the link to the update: http://www.apple.com/ipod/download/
 
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