How This Mess Began
A very terrible thing happened to my iPod the other day. My mom was yelling at me for reasons unknown so I decided to pull out my iPod classic 6th generation model and drown out the sounds of my mom like I usually do. It was working just great. I rose up the sound so I could literally not hear anything, but the music I was listening to. One could say that I was in my own little world. Then without warning, I made a life-altering mistake. I felt like arguing with my mom and so I shouted to my mom, “I can’t here you! I HAVE MY MUSIC WAY UP!” She came in swiftly into my bedroom and struggled for my iPod. She ended up yanking my iPod painfully out of my ears and said something about not listening to music while she is talking to me. I was mad and I listened to the rest of what she had to say to me.
A few moments later, I picked up my headphones and was about to insert it into my iPod when I noticed the tip of the headphones was considerably shorter then usual. I did not think too much of it and I could still listen to the music, but a week later I decided to use my friend’s headphones and when I tried to put it in my iPod, it would not go in. It was as if something was stuck inside of my iPod’s headphone jack. Then it hit me. My headphone from a week ago broke off and was now stuck inside of my iPod. I could not believe my luck. Also without realizing it, I pushed the tip deep into my iPod’s headphone jack with my friend’s headphones.
Some Advice from the Internet
I immediately went to my laptop and Goggled several different things like ‘tip of headphones stuck in iPod and I got several hits to forums talking about just what I searched. People apparently went through the same thing I unfortunately had to go through. I read the advice people were giving each other on the forums and some seemed encouraging. One person said to get a magnetized screwdriver and get the headphone bit out. I tried that and let me just say that it is easier said then done! When I eventually tried it, it only made my situation worst. I shoved the headphone bit even further down. Another person said to bring my iPod to a jewelry store believe it or not because they said that since jewelry store technicians use small tools a lot, they could be able to bring out the headphone bit. I think I went to a dozen or maybe a baker’s dozen of jewelry stores. Every single one of them either refused to touch or even have a look at my iPod in fear that they would cause further damage. I can not say that I blame them, but I was rather disappointed and I felt that I would never listen to my iPod ever again. I also received awful advice from the Google searches. One guy said to get some tweezers and apply superglue to the tip and stick it into my iPod and hope to pull out the headphone bit. Of course I was not stupid enough to try something ever like this.
Buying an FM Tuner was a Temporary Solution
There were more retarded advices, but the second best advice I got was to buy an iPod FM Tuner. With a FM Tuner, I could connect it to the bottom of the iPod and then attach headphones to the FM Tuner. I could listen to the iPod and listen to the radio as an added bonus (to see how this is even possible, click here to see how it looks like). It definitely did not fix my entire headphone-stuck-in-jack situation, but the FM Tuner made listening to my iPod not too bad. They were really cheap too. I bought mine from eBay for about 6 bucks.
Maybe around a month later, my FM Tuner began to fail me. It made all of my songs sound so radio-like. It was as if my songs were coming from the actual radio station! The songs began to unfortunately sound like static and I would literally have to move my headphones around to make the music listenable. It got so weird and it started to annoy me. That is when I decided that I hated the FM Tuner and I needed to get my iPod actually fixed for the lowest cost possible.
My Quest to Revive My iPod
I literally went everywhere I could to get this dang headphone bit out of my iPod! I went to Best Buy and they would not do it. I went to various electronic stores and it was just way too costly. One store offered to fix it for 120 dollars. I cussed the guy out and continued my search. The only place I can recall not going to was an Apple Store. I could have gone there, but to be honest I do not drive yet and none of my friends wanted to take me to downtown Dallas because that is where my nearest Apple Store is located. My last resort was to go onto the internet to find a place where I could send my iPod via UPS, FedEx, or anything else like that and has a company that could fix my iPod and ship it back to me and believe it or not I found the company that could solve all of my iPod listening problems. This company is called iResQ.
iResQ is the Only Real Solution
So I found this company and they call themselves iResQ. Visit their page by clicking here and read about them on Wikipedia by clicking here. iResQ saved my life. They promise to fix your iPod no matter what has happened to it. Not to mention, they fix other things like the iPhone, the iTouch, laptops, desktops and the well-known Playstation Portable©. They do a terrific job, their prices are reasonable, and they are very friendly and listen to every call and every email people send to them. I think they are great personally and I without a doubt recommend them.
As you know, I could not listen to my iPod because for the last time, a headphone bit was stuck in the iPod’s headphone jack. So I went hunting on the internet and found out about iResQ. After I read their website thoroughly and read their frequently asked questions, I decided to go through with them. I will admit I was scared and a bit skeptical at first. What if they took my iPod and never gave it back? I definitely did not want to be scammed or anything close to that. I was unsure about them at first like I said, but after I did some research and read some success stories from iResQ’s customers I decided to give them an official go. I paid them 29 dollars from my PayPal for them to ship me an iBox. An iBox is a special box that can fit up to 2 iPods safely without damaging them while they are being shipped. So anyways, I put my iPod in the iBox which came to me the very next day upon placing the order. Then they emailed me the very next day once they received my iPod and told me exactly what was wrong with my iPod and offered 27 dollars (which included fast shipping) to fix it. They communicated with me via email by the way, but communicating with them via phone call is also an option although I prefer email. So I paid them and did the math in my head. I spent a total of 56 dollars to clean out my iPod’s headphone jack and I believe it was worth it because places I went offered much more. One place even told me that my iPod was worthless and I should just get a new one. So like I said, 56 dollars was a pretty reasonable price for me. They shipped me back the iPod the very next day. So basically, I shipped my iPod to them on a Tuesday night and I got it back on Friday morning. That was pretty quick and I had my iPod back to normal which was definitely amazing!
So in conclusion, you can not go wrong with iResQ. Visit their website, read about them on Wikipedia, or just Google them if you do not believe this article. I do not work for iResQ and I knew nothing about them until tragedy struck my iPod. I am simply a customer praising their efficiency and their ability to do what they do best and that is fixing various electronic devices. Thank you, iResQ.