Well I know most people on the web has complain about apple ipod touch headphone socket. The reason people complain is that only apple headphones work. In this instructable I will show how to hack a stock apple headphone into a adapter lead. This will let you be able to plug any headphone you like into your apple ipod i touch. As well be able to plug you favorite headphone. I have added a addition socket, so your friend can listen to your music as well. This mod can be apply to any headphone that has a dedicated plug for that device e.g Sony Ericsson Mobile phone or any other device.

Step 1: Materials and tools


1. apple headphone or headphone that work with your ipod
2. two 3.5mm inline stereo sockets $1.25 each from jaycar


1. sidecutter
2. solder iron
3. multimeter

You can use any socket you like, so if you like the old large headphones use 6.5mm stereo inline socket. I'm unsure how much a apple headphones cost because I got mine for free when I bought my i pod touch second hand :)

As far as i know this is only necessary for the first gen iPod touch and iPhone
I have heared that apple use BOSE speakers.Is it true??
no apples too cheap <br>
the itouch only uses the apple head phones that just went way down on the list of things i want
No the iPod touch uses any headphones you want. I use several pairs of headphones with mine. I have some over-the-ear headphones, and some ear buds. they both work just fine.
&nbsp;I agree; My friend has had an iPod touch since it came out, and she uses SkullCandy brand ear buds. They are the loudest you can buy!
no they arent <br>
not even close
whats an itouch, is it anything like an ipod touch
t's just the lazy way of saying ipod touch
&nbsp;Thekodanator is right ill even add that ANY ipod works with any head phones.<br /> <br /> i have a touch my bro had a video my mom has a nano and my mom had a shuffle. they all used different head phones cause apples broke.&nbsp;<br />
are you thinking of the iphone<br /> i use skull candy doubleagents with my ipod touch&nbsp;<br /> and they wont work with my iphone 2g<br /> dont ask mne why i have both im sick of being asked that
Skullcandy Skullcrushers, nuff said
no way sennheiser ie 800s
Go skullcandy
your my new best friend
Your my friend
its good to have friends
*you're lol
I like your third hand.
is this mono or stereo
its just a headphone splitter
You have inspired me to learn about this type of thing so i can create this awesome project of yours.<br> <br> Thank You! I cant wait to try and make it.
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Don't cut the headphone jack of the iphone earpice. Instead, simply trim the plastic off a regular jack. It works (I have a 1st gen. iphone) and you don't ruin the headphones.
those stock headphones arnt great anyway. especially if you have the original ones.
No I highly beg to differ on that. I suggest you try out some different headphones and you will hear the difference VERY quickly.
i have good in ear philips head phones ($30) great bass, noise canceling, and you can jog with them. i said there not great, i didnt say they were terrible. And i have 3 pairs gathering dust in my desk drawer so for me modding my old first pair would be no loss.
you cant compare philips with apple headphones since the quality of apple speakers are amazinn!!!
This is what I did. This has nothing to do with whether the headphones will work or not. They will all work, it's just that Apple recessed the jack on the first generation. There are tons of adapters out there for under $10, or you can just cut the plastic back like mentioned.
I have an apple ipod shuffle..Want to know whether or not there is any way to check out it's original...Bcos, CHINA is mentioned in the earphones.
Apple has mentioned that the parts are made in california and assembled in China.So there is nothing to worry about.But if you still want to confirm that 'Is it original'then check out the barcode and the manufacturing code on the back of the ipod case,.
no offence, but the shuffle sucks...
so thats the reason ive gone through 9 pairs of headphones....<br />
Thanks I was gonna have a party and just live with the terible quality but thanks to you I don't have to.
As others have pointed out, pretty much every pair of headphones will work, i use everything in my 2nd gen iPod touch, from plugging it into my stereo to many headphones, including sony, sennheiser, you name it. I do however see the advantage of doing something like that to the headphones with the built in mic etc.
I know that most headphone will work in my ipod touch 2nd. But you still can use the same step I took. To mod your own headphones with mic built in. A good example of this is your mobile phones headphone or a ipod nano.
yeah i see them too, such as getting on ear hean phones with the mic and buttons would be awesome...but would it sacrefice sound quality?
Not if the soldering is clean and good.
The complaining is only about the 1st iPhone (non-3G). Any headphones will work with an iPod touch (not iPod i touch). Either way, nice job! The end result is very clean, and it's easy.
I have a ipod touch 2nd generation and only certain headphones work but thanks for the comment :)
philips go gear works well
I also have a iPod touch 2G and and any headphone will work. There must be something wrong with your iPod touch
There nothing wrong with my ipod, basically the headphones that I have a home don't fit right in the socket. It looks like apple recess the socket back into the ipod touch, so that only certain plugs work.
r ur headphones half inch jack or quarter inch
3.5mm headphone jacks are 1/8" and the 6.5mm headphones jack are 1/4" that what sizes I found on the web. The photos in my i'bles is 1/8" stereo jacks, hope this helps.
They don't recess it on the iTouch 2nd Gen.
Out of curiosity, what kind of headphones would they be? I've had trouble with various MP3 players with my Grado SR-80s, and I wonder if the plug problem would happen with them (though they're part of the reason I gave my iPod away... my iRiver has better sound).
I have an iPod touch 2g and i use these huge freaking awesome over-ear headphones with it all the time..
its called a mini jack peitty much only electric guitar players and recording studios use anything else any more

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