Ok, I just replaced my 3G iPod battery myself with the Newer Technology battery ($29). That sucked.
<br><br>My fingers are sore and I broke the tools they sent me trying to get that F#*@ing case apart. There came a point when I was less gentle and I think that is just what it takes. The plastic casing is really pretty tough and I don't think I could break it very easily even if I really tried (actually, I came pretty close to trying).<br><br>Getting the case apart was far and away the hardest part. After that, the only other hard part was getting the wires of the new battery out of the way of the case so they don't get pinched off when you put the case back together. The battery is bigger and the wires are shorter and thicker than the original. So, it took me about 15 minutes until I was satisfied enough to reassemble.<br><br>The thing is charging now, so I'll give one more report after I use it and see that everything is working ok, and that the battery life is longer. So far, no additional scratches on the case, it booted up when I plugged it in, and mounted on the desktop just fine.<br><br>