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My headphone jack doesn't work on my iPod...

Yeah, out of the blue, the headphone jack stopped working...is there anyway i can get a new jack or can i fix it on my own?

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  • CloudStrife May 06, 2008

    but is there a way to get a new headphone jack installed? or am i pretty much just screwed?

  • bhipp May 14, 2008

    Me too! It seemed to happen when I was using a car charger, but I don't know for sure. I can squeeze it and get some sounds, but I get a bunch of digital noise too. I have not tried it in my docking station yet, but that will tell me if it is the headphone jack or the ipod's sound card.

  • Anonymous May 16, 2008

    Same deal.Same ipod. On a log road trip, earphones started cutting out and distorting. Was able to make it work for a while by applying pressure then it totally stopped. 2 weeks out of warranty.

    Getting a $250 ridiculous quote for repairs i decided to buy a replacement part for $13AU off e-bay.

    Put it in. Didn't fix it. I figure it's something else in the ipod internals.

    My advise is buy a replacement NON Apple mp3 player and tell Apple to go #### them selves.


  • nick a big G May 20, 2008

    same here. right side doesnt work. but left does apllying presure makes it work

  • Anonymous Oct 16, 2008

    how do i fix it

  • gbpackers94 Oct 18, 2008

    ipod headphone jack doesnt work

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I had have the same problem.....but im tolazy to go to the stor and let is fix ......but i found a solution....my right earphone didn't worked only if i applyed preasure but i thought the jack doesnt make good contact so i put around the jack some aluminum foil and putit inand iwork perfect:P!!!!!

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You can also buy the Jack on Ebay and use a repair guide to do it yourself, it's not that hard.

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The jack in my son's 30 GB Video iPod has broken twice in two years. The jack isn't well designed (not robust). There are several locations where you can send it in for a jack replacement (assuming it's out of warranty). Just google "replacement audio jack ipod"

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Right ear doesnt work yesterday i wasinstalling updates on my computer for the ipod . then wen it was sayin it was updating my ipod i was afriad oof losing every thing that i pulled the ipod off the usb port an tried to reset the ipod an now the ipod wonty even turn on

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