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How do I replace the display (LCD screen) in the full-size iPod and iPod mini models?
If you are certain that the display in your iPod or iPod mini is broken -- if it is visibly cracked, for instance (if it just is black it is more likely to be the battery) -- Apple can replace the display for a price that generally is not cost-effective. However, more affordable third-party repair services also are available.
If you are not sure which full-size iPod or iPod mini you have or whether you have another iPod entirely, these models typically can be externally identified by a unique (or unique enough for display part identification), but difficult to read, model number toward the bottom of the back of the device. EveryiPod.com's complete list of model numbers for the iPod line displays the model numbers for each full-size device, as well as the iPod mini models, which share the A1051 model number. These model numbers also are listed with each corresponding video below.
The full-size iPod models and iPod mini models additionally can be differentiated by by EMC number and order number as well as the last three characters of the serial number with EveryiPod.com's Ultimate iLookup. Like the model number, the serial number is engraved toward the bottom on the back of the device and also is available when plugged into a computer on the "Summary" tab in a modern version of iTunes (among other methods).
Display Replacement Video Instructions
If you are technically inclined and have the time to do so, replacing the display in a full-size iPod or iPod mini yourself also is quite possible. Please note that installation is difficult and professional installation is recommended.
For those with extensive experience repairing other small electronic devices, there are any number of videos that cover replacement of the display in full-size iPod and iPod mini models as well as cover other internal repairs.
Quality "take apart" videos from PowerBookMedic that address display replacement for the original iPod, iPod 2nd Gen, 3rd Gen, 4th Gen, 5th Gen/video, and classic as well as the original and 2nd Gen iPod mini follow for your convenience:
iPod 3rd Gen (Four Buttons - A1040)
iPod 5th Gen (with Video - A1136)
iPod classic (A1238)
iPod mini (A1051)
From watching the video for your particular iPod model, you should be able to determine whether or not you would feel comfortable replacing the display yourself of if you would instead prefer to hire a professional.