Apple replacing overheating first-gen iPod nanos in Japan

AFP reports that Apple Japan is replacing some first-generation iPod nanos after reports of fires led to criticism from the government in Tokyo.

AFP reports that Apple Japan is replacing some first-generation iPod nanos after reports of fires led to criticism from the government in Tokyo.

Apple confirmed "very rare cases of overheating" in the battery of the iPod nano sold between September 2005 and December 2006, which distorted the shape of the device or made it unuseable, the company said on its website.

It offered to replace affected units, adding that concerned customers using the first-generation iPod nano can now get the battery replaced, it said on its Japanese-language website.

The company noted the fault had been traced to a particular battery supplier, adding that other iPod nano models had no such recharging problems.