How to get a new iPod nano for free

16 November 2011

Apple has decided to recall one of its iPod nano models over safety fears and is offering free replacements. That’s right – Apple is giving away free iPods (if you qualify).

It sounds too good to be true, but despite some restrictions this is a genuine offer. So if you own a first-generation iPod nano, and you’ve still got it knocking around, you could be in line for a freebie.

These iPods (which have a black or white plastic front and a silver metal back) were on sale between September 2005 and December 2006 and have now been recalled over fears the battery could overheat and catch fire.

So why has it taken Apple so long to do this? It says the risk is still very small but increases as the battery ages so to be on the safe side these models are now being recalled.

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to get your hands on any of the latest nano models as you’ll get exactly the same model back (but with a brand new battery).

To get yours all you need to is visit the Apple website and enter in the code from the back of your iPod to check it’s valid for the replacement. Apple will then send you an envelope to post it off and you should receive a new one within six weeks.

If you’re still thinking this sounds slightly too good to be true a colleague in the Moneywise offices has applied and just sent off his old model for a replacement. He informs me that with every Apple product launch a certain number of products are kept in storage even after the company stops making them in case it’s recalled for any reason in the future.

My advice would be to act fast if you want to benefit as it’s still unclear exactly how many of these iPods Apple has to give out. I’ve got one of these models, and I’ll definitely applying because, despite being given the same model, I will still get a brand new version absolutely free - thanks Apple!