I have an ipad2. About a year ago I started having problems with loud static sounds and or the sound disappearing all together. The problem persists even with the headphones; in addition it crackles at full blast through both hphones and speakers simultaneously! It'd happen at seemingly random times at first. i assumed it was particular apps to blame so i closed them or erased them. It never went away completely. It was about 6 months before I could take it into the store; of course I couldn't get the problem to show its ugly face when I needed so the guy wouldn't help despite my frustration at having made a special 3 hr trip solely for this purpose. The sound problem has worsened to the point now that I can rarely get it to play any sound and when I can it will always crackle with static . My AppleCare plan has since run out and I don't know what to do. I can't afford to buy a totally new one For the record I've tried: turning the ipad completely off; closing out of apps completely or erasing them; cleaning the headphone jack and 16pin port with Qtip and a little alcohol. I think over even reset the whole ipad once. HELP!!!!