How to spot a fake iPod

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How to spot a fake iPod
Buying genuine Apple products protects your consumer rights. (Feng Li/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Consumers expect a high quality product when buying a new iPod, making it important to know how to spot a fake. Apple produces the iPod touch, nano, shuffle and classic, each with slightly different functions, so buyers may not be sure exactly what to expect. Fakes usually look very similar to the real thing, sometimes even having valid Apple serial numbers. Packaging, documentation, accessory, function and software differences can all indicate your product is a fake. Non-genuine iPods are also often surprisingly cheap.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy



  1. 1

    Inspect your iPod packaging. A box with no Apple logo, spelling mistakes and poor quality print, are all signs your iPod may be fake.

  2. 2

    Open the box and check it contains documentation and all necessary accessories, such as a USB cable and headphones.

  3. 3

    Remove the headphones from their case. The iPod nano and iPod touch come with EarPods packaged in biodegradable material. Left in warm water for 10 minutes the case dissolves to mush.

  4. 4

    Read through the documentation. Genuine Apple documentation on prompts the user to use iTunes to store their music. Check for quality of paper, print and spelling. The specifications should not leave out important details such as memory capacity.

  5. 5

    Inspect your iPod headphones. Fake iPod nano and shuffle may have non-standard headphone jacks.

  6. 6

    Look over and handle your iPod. It should be well-made and high quality. Inspect the screen. A washed out grey colour is a sign of a fake. All genuine iPods have a serial number.

  7. 7

    Check the controls. Fake iPod nano and shuffle have no dock connector and the on/off switch has no repeat option or battery light. A play/pause option on the centre select button is another indication of a fake.

  8. 8

    Turn your iPod on. Genuine Apple products display the Apple logo onscreen. All iPods include iTunes software.

Tips and warnings

  • If buying online, check the iPod you receive against the image in the advertisement. Sellers sometimes use real iPod images to sell fakes. Counterfeit iPods may have a different operating system and offer additional features.
  • Shopping for iPods abroad increases your chances of buying a fake as counterefeit iPod sellers target tourists. Apple won't service or repair fake iPods.

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