In this Instrucable I use an old 3rd- or 4th-generation iPod Classic, with a broken hard drive. Useless... or is it?
So far, I have been unable to make a design that doesn't involve carrying around a screwdriver, paint can opener, crowbar, iPod opener, etc. Feel free to tell me your ideas—and please do!
UPDATE: Nickels put into the dock port and pushed can open it and pop tops (the tabs found on soda cans) work, although they bend a little.
Step 1: Open it
For this you will probably need an iPod opener. Insert it into the seam, pushing them apart about a millimeter, and slide it slowly down the side. Repeat for each side until open. I find usually that the dock end is best left for the last side.*
When you take one half off, don't be afraid to break any wires**. You'll be gutting it all anyway.
*Sorry I don't have many pictures, I wrote this after-the-fact.
**Unless, of course, you need them for the parts you want to salvage...