Hey fellow Ipod Touchers! Just wanted to share something about cases with magnets in them. I brought my Ipod Touch 2G to an Apple store (where I bought it and the case) last weekend to ask why my unit freeze ups and crashes often. After the perfunctory five minutes of fiddling attached to her computer, the technician asked to see the case that I bought with it. When she saw that it had magnets, she promptly wrote up my unit for a clean exchange, and I got the replacement ten minutes later. She honored the warranty because I bought the magnet-closing case from that store. (And yeah, she exchanged the case too for one without magnets). She said that as soon as Apple's consignment agreements with the case distributors end, they will no longer sell cases with magnets in them. While Apple has yet to investigate more intensively if magnets do, in fact, harm the Touch, she said that they will not be taking any chances and will be issuing guidlines in time. She noted too that mine was the 16th case that day related to possible magnet-caused unit failure. While some users report that magnets have no effect on their unit, she knowledgeably explained that the strength of magnets depends on how they were manufactured, and that some have more "pull" than others. In the meantime, she said they have a way of checking if magnets are the cause of the unit's failure to prevent fradulent claims. Just a heads-up folks!
I have just recieved a ipod touch case with magnetic closure. I had the same problem. I rebooted out of the case and it worked fine. When I put it back in the case and closed the magnetic lid, my ipod went black and again needed a reboot. I repeated the out of case and in case two more times with same results. If I have the ipod out of the case and hold the magnets against the ipod I have not had any problem. If I hold the ipod betwen the magnets on the case and the lid, there is no problem. It apears to only be when the ipod is in the case and you close the lid. I tested the magnets and there are two in the lid and two in the case itself. There is NOT one pair (on the lid or on the case) that sticks to metal and holds. I cut the lid apart and withdrew the magnets. I left the ones in the case itself. Now with the ipod in the case, there is NO PROBLEM. It appears to not be the magnets themselves, but when two magnets come together and stick - the lid to the case. Problem solved.
Magnets don't hurt an ipod. Why make a stupid statement that absolutely has no truth. JUst what in an ipod gets damaged by a magnet. Don't bother answering because you'll get it wrong. Nothing!!! Nothing! Atomixc radiation will, of course, hurt ipod. Might nopt be very good for you either.
I'm afraid I'm going to have to disagree with you there. I bought this: Eforcity Premium Leather Case w/ Lanyard for Apple iPod Touch, Black http://www.amazon.com/Eforcity-Premium-Leather-Lanyard-Apple/dp/B0011I9ORU It contains magnets in the bottom of the case to keep the cover closed. I've read various arguments regarding magnets and cases with most people saying there's no problem. I didn't believe there would be an issue due to the consensus of the majority of people. However, I can guarantee you that this case crashes my ipod touch 2g at least 3/10 times when I close the cover. Whether I close it gently or let it snap shut normally, it will cause the unit to immediately crash requiring a hard power+home reboot. Start my music, close the lid, unit is toast. I repeated that action 4 times in a row at one point. I first thought maybe the power button was just getting hit, but it requires a hard reboot as mentioned above. My guess is that the included magnets are just too strong for the electronics.
I had this problem of my iPod Touch 2G freezing and crashing in the case. When I found these posts I immediately removed it from my case that had magnets at the bottom. Hasn't crashed or froze for 6 weeks. Beware! Magnets do affect the iPod Touch!
Same problem. DO NOT BUY A CASE WITH MAGNETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe this is where the level sensor is and the magnets in the cover, located to either side of the recessed round touch button, cause the chip to draw a lot of current. One time I noticed the battery drained really fast and the case got hot. I'm an emgineer and if I could take it apart I would just to figure it out. Works fine all the time except in the case with magnetic closure and that CRASHES EVERY TIME!!! dON
YES it can cause problems. I have these cases bought off ebay for around $5.00. This case when closed occasionally will cause the ITouch to shut down and lock up. I have 3 of these cases and 3 different touch G2 and have tried all combinations and the problem is still there. I did some extensive testing and discovered that the magnets that hold the cover closed are interacting with the Touches electronics causing the lock up. The fix is to remove the lower left magnet using an exacto knife from inside the case. The magnet that needs to be removed is the one on the case not the cover. The lockout doesn't occur when the case is open since the strength of one magnet isn't enough. When the case closes and the top and bottom magnets come together the total magnetism is enough to cause the problem. To prove the point you can use a strong magnet, or 2 removed from the case stuck together, and hold them close 1/16 inch to the left of the button on the face. The resulting shutdown does not seem to hurt the ITouch but it requires a "hard boot" holding both the top power and front buttons at the same time for 20 seconds to get it back.
Well I've had that same case http://www.amazon.com/Eforcity-Premium-Leather-Lanyard-Apple/dp/B0011I9ORU that I got off eBay and my iPod has never crashed, I guess it's how people say that it all has to do with how strong the magnets were and where they were manufactured~ but all I suggest u do is just get your warranty extended just in case something happens because you never know. I had the iPod touch 1G and the battery died after the first Year just three days after the warranty had expired and it cost about $80 to get it replaced through apple so I just sold it for parts on eBay and got the 2G and put warranty for 3 more years. I'm not taking my chances again =P
I have a DLO Itouch case with magnets and have never had a problem. Then I bought one from Ebay with magnet closure because it had a hook to hang it around my neck. I thought it would be great for the gym. Well when I put it in the new case it has crashed multiple times. I guess its the magnet strength. So beware I put it back in my old case and no problems.
I have had the exact same problem with a case that had magnets in it. After I had it in the case for 5 minutes, the ipod was crashing constantly if I left it on when I wasn't using it. We took it to the apple store with the case, and they didn't know what was going on. They just replaced it with a new one. I put the new one in the case and within ten minutes, it was having the same problem. My husband was frustrated and thought I was doing something to it because he doesn't have those problems with his. The only thing we did differently was I had mine in the case with magnets and he didn't. I took the ipod out of the case and haven't had a problem since.
This is definitely a problem and case specific. Bought 3 different cases with magnets from Bargain cell and 3 ipod touches for the kids for xmas. One ipod touch needed to be replaced because it was continuously crashing. As soon as I put the new ipod in its case it shutdown again. Works fine in the other 2 cases with magnets.
i've had a magnet case i bought from amazon on mine for over a month now and it has NEVER crashed. Not sure what the issue is with everyone else..but it works fine for me. Plus my case is so very cute! Couldn't imagine using my itouch without it now :) note i do not have that many songs on my device..maybe 100. hope this helps someone.
I think it is just common sense to not take extra risks, NOONE should sell or manufacture these with magnets in them. Even a 5% risk of it hurting a $200 device is NOT worth it, best to never buy these cases. I did & now am looking at ripping it up -just to remove the magnets. Noone should have to buy an extra warrenty over it's case, plenty more out there to choose from !
Okay, this is a true story. I recently bought an iPod case from Amazon. The case had magnets to close it. One day, I left my FULLY charged iPod enclosed in this case for only 12 hours (night). Well, when I went to use it, it had 2% battery LEFT. How a magnet can lower your battery from 100% to 2% in 12 hours is beyond me. All I can say is, after reading wheat people wrote on this page, I'm asking for a refund.
I second Eric's post. EXACTLY the same thing happened to me. Each time I put my iTouch in the case and closed the lid, it would crash. Such a pity, that case is quite handsome. Now it looks like I'll be tearing the magnets out of it to salvage any use from it.
I work in an electronic dept. at a retail store and must use a set of keys with a magnetic bar on them to unlock certain items. I was using my ipod touch during lunch and stuck it in my pocket when I clocked back in for work. When I got the keys back, I stuck them in the same pocket my ipod was in with out a second thought. 3 hours later, I was on my way home and tried to turn on my ipod, but it wouldn't come on. That's when I realized what had happened. I tried turning it on while it was hooked up to my mac and my ps3, but nothing. So I unplugged it and sat it on my desk. Later that night, I tried turning it on hopping that it would turn on. Talk about being lucky. The battery bar appeared an image of a lightning bar underneath. There was a very tiny strip of red in the battery bar. I plugged the ipod to a device with a usb port and it started to charge. Maybe the magnet had just drained the battery to its lowest point possible.
I have a pretty pink case purchased from ebay. My battery drains extremely fast....ala descriptions of others. I sat for hours this morning looking for the answer to magnets vs ipod touch's. Ran across this site and appreciate everyones stories - out come the magnets.
Here's my take on this. I've had this flip top case for several months now and noted no abnormal effects. Recently, I noticed that the auto pause function stopped working, (When the headphone cord is removed) and, the system sounds vanished too. These include the chirp sound when I hook up to a charger. Closer examination showed the internal speaker was shut off. e.g. the unit didn't play audio when the headphones were unplugged. However, the unit continued to stay on and in play mode all night. I thought the switches in the audio port might be wearing out but, noted that it seemed to work properly when I took it out of the magnet-laced case. I tried to shake it and do other abnormal motions but could not get it to fail until I put it in proximity of the case magnets. Seems the magnets must have some effect since the unit hasn't had an issue after I cut them out of the lid and body. I assume there must be some sort of magnetic sensitive switch or device within this IPOD 4 touch. FYI, the magnets were on both sides of the function button. I am curious as to why these worked well for so long then, just caused all havoc suddenly.
A magnetic phone holder in my car killed the hard drive on my ipod classic instantly. Strong magnets WILL damage a hard drive. I foolishly believed the rubbish someone else had written to the contrary. Fortunately the ipod was still in warranty...