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Cleaning and protecting your iPod

Tips for cleaning your Apple iPod clean and how to keep it nice so you won't have to clean it so often.

Published Sep 13, 2005 by lobo235
Last updated on Feb 16, 2009

I don't know about you, but I take my iPod wherever I go. I've got to have my music with me so that any time I have the urge to listen to it I can. Because I take it everywhere, my iPod tends to get dirty fast and accumulates scratches faster than I accumulate new songs to put on it. Here are a few things I have done to ensure my iPod will stay clean and pretty (and hopefully functionional) for a long time.

Protect your iPod

The first thing you should do when you get your new iPod is to buy some sort of protective case for it. There are literally hundreds of options out there when it comes to iPod cases. Look for one that suits your needs and matches the color of your iPod. If you use your iPod while exercising you will probably want an iPod case that is very protective because you may drop your iPod while moving fast or while you're high above the ground which will damage the iPod quite a bit. If you have an iPod Mini, iPod Shuffle, or iPod Nano and you keep it in your pocket frequently it will get scratched up fast if you have anything else in your pocket like keys, coins, etc. You never know when you're going to accidentally drop your iPod so it's a good idea to always have it protected to save yourself the time and money of getting it fixed or replaced. Take my advice and protect your iPod with a protective case.

Keep your iPod clean

The more you use your iPod, the dirtier it will get. If it gets too dirty then the buttons and clickwheel won't operate as they should which could make repair or replacement necessary. By using a protective case as mentioned above your iPod should stay relatively clean. Here are some tips that Apple recommends when cleaning the iPod:

  • Make sure your iPod is unplugged.
  • Use a damp, soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid getting moisture in openings.
  • Don't use aerosol sprays, solvents, alcohol, or abrasives.

I would also recommend that in addition to unplugging your iPod, you should turn it off as well before you attempt to clean it. Camera lens cleaning cloths are typically lint free and are not abrasive so you won't scratch your iPod by using them to clean it. Keep the cloth as dry as you can to avoid getting moisture inside your iPod. If you think you may have got too much moisture in your iPod while cleaning it you should let it sit in a well ventilated area for a few hours so the moisture can evaporate before you turn it on again. This will prevent possible short-circuiting caused by excessive moisture.

By following these tips your iPod will stay pretty and clean and it will last a lot longer than it normally would. All the iPod have a very stylish design and by keeping it clean and protected it will retain it's stylish finish longer. If you ever decide to sell your iPod to a friend or on eBay you will get more out of it if you have taken good care of it. People are wary of buying any electronic device that appears beaten, scratched, or dirty.

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