Although on the one hand the I-Pod Mini is the best damn invention since the wheel, on the other hand the battery life claims they make are pure horseshit. I bought a 4G I-Pod Mini back in January which "claimed" to have 8 hours of battery life. From the beginning it was never really 8 hours -- probably 5 or 6 at best. But as time went on it got lower, and lower, and lower. Now, after only 9 months, it got to the point where I literally couldn't play it for more than about an hour (MAYBE 90 minutes), even when fully charged, before it crapped out.
Yes, I was doing everything right. Not using the swirley wheel too much, not using the backlight or the equalizer, not leaving it on the charger too long after it finished charging, only charging it when it was down near zero charge, etc. So I called Apple and they said they have a program where, if the battery life really goes to shit within the first year of ownership, they cover it. You go to their website, find a certain page under the Service section and fill out your info (serial number, date of purchase, etc.). They then send you a special, pre-labeled box, and you put the I-Pod in it, call DHL to pick it up (or drop it off at a DHL location) and send it back within 30 days. In a couple weeks time they're supposed to send me either the fixed one or a new one. Thank God.
Anyone else get furious by how weak their I-Pod battery got after short periods of ownership? I CAN'T workout without the damn thing! I tried it last night and it's like Chinese water torture, what with the shit music they play in my gym! AAAAAARGH!! Those 2 weeks can't pass fast enough!!!
Anyway, if any of you are having this problem, call Apple (or look carefully on their website). Within the first year of ownership they take care of it for free. (Maybe you have to pay the shipping -- not sure). Just FYI . . .