Your friends will be green with envy-- or whatever color el wire you bought. Painting by Killbuck.
Broken ipods are depressing... especially if they belong to your sweetie. It sits there, silently staring back at you as if to say "You know, the new models are so much better anyway...". Reap your revenge by turning it into a cool piece of glowing raver bait with cheap and bright electroluminescent wire (el wire) for less than $10 including battery. When she opens it on Valentines day, she'll forget all about wanting a new one... ya' think?
Say a little prayer or whatever you need to do first to stab a screwdriver into a corner. Once lifted a little, leave the screwdriver in there and grab another one to work open the adjacent corner. You will damage it a little, but when you pop the cover off you'll see why its made difficult by the "grabby things" on all the edges.
Note: from here on out when I say right, left, top, or bottom, I am referring to your prospective as you look at the ipod fully assembled.
Step 2: Clip the Grabby Thingies
On the cover, use a pair of diagonal wire cutters to snip off the "grabbie thingies" from only the top and bottom.
Step 3: Install Inverter
The best fit for the inverter was the one that uses a single AAA battery. They're available wherever you buy your el wire. I usually get mine from World Aglow and you only need a couple feet of the "High Bright" thinner el wire. While you're there, check out their el wire soldering tutorial.
Step 4: Make room for switch
Using a small file or a dremmel tool, remove some of the metal from the bottom of the case so the switch fits through nicely and can move into both "on" and "strobe" positions. Glue inverter to the bottom of the metal case with adhesive like Goop or Shoe Goo brand. Put piece masking tape over top to hold in place while glue sets.