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
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...
Step 2: Gut It
• The headphone jack
• The hold switch (you may or may not wish to leave the circuitry for it)
• The click wheel etc.
• Do not leave the dock connector, but DO leave the white plastic surrounding it.
Step 3: Make It Look More Like an IPod
1) Look at the top. Does it look like the top of an old iPod? If yes, skip to step 3.
2) What didn't you understand on page 3? LEAVE the lock and headphone jack.
3) Look at the front. Does it look like the front of an old iPod? It shouldn't at this point, but you want it to. Here's how:
•take a picture of your iPod's screen. Blow it up and print it
•cut it down to about the size of your screen
•tape it in place behind the protective plastic
4) Look at the bottom. Does it (you know the rest of this sentence by now) ___ __ _ ___ _ _ __ __? It should almost, but there should be a hole where the dock connector went. There should be a white plastic border, though.
5) Don't bother looking at the back, unless you used a saw/laser/phaser to gut it (see page 3).
Step 4: Use It!
Also look at this one please!