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Japanese iPod Nano Overheating Reports : Apple having a really bad day?

It could just be a matter of sheer unfortunate, but a few hours after Sony announced a new range aimed at competing with the Apple iPod Nano, reports come from Tokyo that the iPod Nano might catch fire a bit too easily.

There has already been three cases of nearby combustible material catching fire due to overheating Nanos releasing sparks.

This resulted in the devices' destruction; two models are under investigation, the MA099 and the MA005, sold between September 2005 and September 2006.

No one was injured in the separate incidents but the public has been told to be cautious.

Accordiong to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Hiroyuki Yoshitsune, the lithium-ion battery might be the incriminated component as it was the case in a previous incident in March.

Defects in Lithium Ion battery have caused a number of incidents (and even explosions) in the past year with Apple having to recall thousands of Sony-made batteries while Dell recalled millions of laptop batteries back in 2006.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.