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Official Apple iPod Battery Replacements?

Update: Despite recent misrepresentations, Apple does offer a $99 iPod battery replacement program at this point in time and there are also 3rd party options available for only $50.

According to sources, Apple is planning on introducing an official iPod Battery Replacement program. Through the program, iPod owners will be able to send in their out of warranty iPods to replace worn batteries. The lack of an official battery replacement program has been a common criticism amongst iPod owners. Apple's official replacement service is expected to be priced at $99.

Replacement iPod batteries have been available from 3rd parties from $50 and up, but have only available for earlier iPod models.

Update: More details now available from Apple.