iPod super dock

What can you do with the iPod super dock? The only things that I've seen is the audio out and the USB and FireWire sync. Is there a way to control the iPod throgh the super dock?

Topic by guyfrom7up   |  last reply


Bicycle iPod dock

So here's my idea: I'm restoring an old bike and there's a spot for a fake gas tank to go. I will build this tank, but one side will open up and hold within it an iPod dock. At least, I'd like it to.  I'm thinking of using the pedals as a dynamo crank which would power the iPod and play music through speakers mounted on the handlebars. I've been doing a lot of research and it seems possible, however, I've not done something like this before and I was wondering if anyone would have any pointers on how to make this work well. P.S. A separate USB port would be cool as well, so that a phone could be charged while riding the bike.  Thanks for your suggestions!

Topic by SamSkellington 


ipod dock with fisher speakers

So i was wondering  if any one would be able to help me out i have a pair of fisher STV-862 speakers and was wondering  if i could use them to make a ipod dock  with either a regular line in connection or a dock built in or possibly both, i have some electrical knowledge but not enough to get me through this and help would be greatly appreciated 

Topic by tbriggs3   |  last reply


Knex Ipod

Wouldn't it be cool to have a huge ipod dock made from knex, that looks like a HUGE ipod, also it could be rigged so that when you turn the humongus wheel, the ipod wheel moves! Just like this, but with the Ipod inside!

Topic by Bartboy   |  last reply


Noise filter on iPod dock

I recently completed a project where i made my own iPod Touch charging dock for a set of PC speakers. While testing it out i noticed there is some background noise/feedback coming through the speakers any time the iTouch is actually charging. Is there any way i can shield against this interference? Or is the proximity of the headphone jack to the iPod connecter to much of a problem to overcome without alterations to the iTouch itself? I've notice this problem before while listening to my iTouch through it's speaker or headphones when it was plugged into a wall charger or PC. https://www.instructables.com/id/Laptop-Speaker-system-with-iPod-Touch-dock/

Topic by mpilchfamily 


Cell phone dock

Check it out: I'm a major Android fan. Sure, Mac makes some incredible machines, but I just hate how shut off they are. That's why I love Android. You're able to change the battery if you, you can expand your memory, you can even make your own apps without hoping to gain someone's permission.  However, the one thing that iPhones have over Android phones is the fact that they have the ability to be placed on a dock. My question is, why can't Android phones do this? Now, instead of making docks for these phones, maybe it's possible to use the ones for iPhones that are already there. What if there was a little plastic piece that snaps on to the iPhone dock and has a mini or micro USB male end on the other side? Of course, there are all kinds of sizes and shapes to Android phones, but I'm sure once this piece is perfected, one could make different shaped ones for different phones to fit neatly. Most of you are much smarter than me (or maybe have more ambition), so I'm sure you can figure out how to do this sooner than I can. If you have and idea on how to make this work, good luck and let me know how it turns out. P.S. If you make this and market it, be sure to credit me for the idea, yeah? ;)

Topic by SamSkellington   |  last reply


Ipod Dock connector accessories: USB or Serial?

Is there any easy way to tell whether a given ipod/iphone accessory is controlled from the serial pins or the usb pins in the dock connector? Or is it as simple as all the accessories use the serial pins? Thanks. Brian

Topic by kd5crs 



Ipod Control via Dock connector?? Answered

Does anyone know if you can control ipods functions (play/pause, fast fw, rewind, scroll, possibly vol up/down?) via the dock connector? Is there any way to do this other than taking apart ipod? Trying to make ipod controller Edit: Does anyone know a cheap way to send specific signals to an ipod? im thinking arduino is a good choice

Question by astroboy907   |  last reply


Huge knex ipod

Imagine a huge knex ipod dock, that looks like an Ipod and has a huge click wheel! this would be awsome!

Topic by Bartboy 


(ipod dock) i cant find the pins that conect to the ipod so i can play and charge the ipod at the same time!!

Im building a ipod dock for my first instructable so im using a female usb plug for the ipod cable that conects to the ipod that mounts on the dock, so i need to know the output audio pins for the "L" & "R" speekers i have the 5v and the ground pins any recommendations are welcomed im using a 9V board with 2 bass inputs and center left and right speakers on a compact eficient case with 2 female usb chargers that i also want to use them to play ipods with

Question by ptacnik   |  last reply


Custom Ipod dock - who can manufacture for me?

Hi there, I need to get around 250 custom ipod docs manufactured I recently saw a custom made 'Jim Beam' ipod dock with inbuilt speakers. It was basically a large version of their drink can laying on its side, with a dock for the ipod at the top and speaks at the ends. Do you know of any company that would be able to produce something similar for me? Obviously not Jim Beam but a similar can shape and my client's branding to suit? They would need to be shipped to Australia if manufactured elsewhere. Cheers!

Question by secretfox   |  last reply



How can I make this old radio new with an Ipod? Answered

I have a 1930's tabletop radio that is in excellent condition. I also have a 1st generation Iphone. The iphone has some screen damage but works fine none the less.. I have a shop Im always in and want to turn the old radio into a dock that will dock with the ipod as well as give audio out. should I pick up a cheap ipod dock radio for the guts? or are there any better ideas?

Question by SlickSqueegie   |  last reply


Why is my ipod creating parasitic signals on the speakers?

I'm currently trying to build an ipod dock out of these speakers (http://www.netbooks-umts.de/lautsprecher-hamma-sonic-mobil-80,305.html — they use an usb plug as alimentation) and since i'd like my station to be able to charge the ipod, I decided to use a double usb charger: http://www.agelectronique.fr/ag/p_produits.php?cat=5&sous;_cat=60&ref;=85-8984 When and only when both speakers and ipod are connected to the charger and the speakers' jack is connected to the ipod, I get a parasitic signal on the speakers. I tried all the other configuration (using one or two power sources, using a different audio input), but none present the same issue. Would you know why I have this problem ? Do you know how I could solve it ?

Question by jmorel   |  last reply


Ipod connector pin out and function?

Hello! I was hoping some one could point me in the direction of an Ipod (5g preferred) connector pin out, and some info about it. I'm looking to pick up audio out, power in, possible video in the future. Thank you.

Question by Mrlzeppelin   |  last reply


AT-AT boombox and iPod player

In the past couple days not one, but two AT-AT music players have popped up. One in black and one in lovely spraycan gold. While each one is worth checking out, I just have to wonder if the second one, the gold one, was really put together over the weekend as a response. AT-AT boombox Golden AT-AT iPod dock

Topic by fungus amungus   |  last reply


Is there a way to add another docking station or update the dock for the iHome to play from both the iPod and iPhone??

I have an OLD iHome for my old 1st generation iPod, and it doesn't work for my iPhone.  Is there a way to add another docking station or update the dock to play from both the iPod and iPhone??  The iHome sounds great... and I really can't afford a new one just so that I can play my iPhone on my iHome.  Just seems like it should be pretty easy to switch out the dock.  Has anyone done this yet?  I would love to know how.  My iHome is so old that I can't find one like it online to show you.  So I am not sure how far I will get with this request...  

Question by cbare09 


Is it possible to convert a headphone amp into a speaker amp?

I bought a cheap replica of Apple's Universal Ipod Dock, which has a line out (includes an LM4811 amp chip). My goal is to convert the headphone amp to a decent speaker amp -- similar to the Altoids Tin Speaker (https://www.instructables.com/id/Altoids-Tin-Speaker/), but without the battery or switch. I want all of the power to go through the dock's PCB, so I'm trying to avoid as much as I can an extra power source just to power the amp.This is part of a larger project that I've been working on for a while (and learning as I go)I can provide pictures later on of the dock's PCB if anyone wants to take a look.

Question by jesuislebomb 


Car Sterio, without the stereo

So here is a question that I'm sure somebody knows how to make this work. I have a Jeep, and I never listen to the radio or have a need to play CDs. So what I want to do is rip out the stereo and mod in a female headphone jack so I can plug in my iPod. I don't see the need for a stereo anymore, so if I could just have the ipod and speakers I'd be happy. I know there is going to be at least one issue, which is the iPod wont be able to drive all the speakers, so some sort of homebrew amplifier will need to be built. Anybody already done this or at least know how to do this?

Topic by The Dark Ninja   |  last reply


my ipod 5th gen video will not produce sound from dock or earphone jack?

My ipod 5th gen video. it connects to computer. it loads music its also been restored a few times successfully but i get no sound from the dock or the earphone jack. it shows music playing and the menu comes up fine.. appreciate the help?

Question by tommysideslide   |  last reply


Where to get OEM ipod dock connectors?

Hi Everyone, I'm hoping to make some doo-dads based off of the ipod dock connector, but I don't want to spend $15 on a cable just for thius purpose. Does anyone know where to score the connectors OEM style? Thanks in advance, -Max

Topic by madmax_br5   |  last reply


Ipod AV Cable

I was wondering what pins on the Apple 30-pin dock connector I should connect a composite av cable to get the TV to stream Netflix or movies/TV shows I have on my Ipod? I found the pinout for the connector here: http://pinouts.ru/PortableDevices/ipod_pinout.shtml. Does anyone know which pins to solder or could point me in the right direction?

Topic by H20   |  last reply


I can't hear music through my ipod? Answered

My 5th generation ipod classic isn't playing any music through the head phones or my dock. I know my head phones and dock work fine but the ipod itself isn't playing music through the headphones.

Question by capt. caveman   |  last reply


best lego ipod object

I built a lego ipod case, dock, and speakers. I want to see if you can top me! pictures coming soon

Topic by kerneykid1 


From ipod dock to normal speaker, Please help me.

Hello there, i have a old ipod dock an i want to make a normal speaker of it. Can someone please send me a instructable link or tell me how to do it. it will be appreciated. Thx allready. Greetings from the netherlands.

Topic by Coolek   |  last reply


Awsome lego "Ihome" mp3 dock! (nano)

I was messing around with LEGOs.

Topic by Wafflicious   |  last reply


idea for iPod dock that can control lights

I'm working on integrating a dock for an iPod/iPhone into my shelve/nightstand. The trick here being that I'm looking for a way to turn my speakers on/off automatically when placing/removing the iPhone from the dock (to preserve power). Additionally, I thought it would be cool if I could adjust the light level of a nearby reading light by tilting the angle of the iPhone, including turning the light completely off in one of the outer positions. (so I could actually use the iPod/iPhone to turn the lights on/off). Currently though, I have no idea how to achieve this, which is where I'm hoping you can help me. Which mechanisms/electronics/gadgetry do I need and what would be the best way to assemble it all to achieve the desired result?

Topic by Flark   |  last reply


Ipod hook up to speakers?

I recently purchased an RCA mp3/mp4,etc player with intent to hook up to speakers.   I am going the "ipod" route only because of capacity with desire to have simple way ot storing huge amount of audio which I want to play thru speakers.   Today I purch a $10 stereo ipod dock thinking I could simply plug my RCA device in from the earphone jack.  When I do that I get a humming sound but no music.  Am I way off in thinking that this should work.  If this is wrong, how does an ipod get connected to an ipod dock?

Question by almostnovice   |  last reply


How would one make an Ipod shuffle (2nd gen) charger?

Hello 'iblers :o) I'm sick of my bulky shuffle dock (shame on you, Apple!), and want to make something like the shufflebud or this homemade one*. I have plenty of parts but the problem is that I cannot find an 'ible or anything telling me what to do - I'd make one myself but don't know the details of usb wiring. The dock alternatives shown in these pictures transfer song files like the standard dock - this functionality would be a bonus and I know that one of you has the knowledge! *The link on the Engaget page to instructions (in German) is broken. Here is a translation of the page.

Topic by creativitiser   |  last reply


How can I attach my speakers to my ipod data-cable? (building an ipod speaker dock) Answered

So I'm trying to build an ipod speakerdock. And as you may or may not know all the speaker docks use the data transfer thingie on the ipod (so not the hole you plug your earphones in). I know there are some speakerdocks where you plug it into the earphonesocket but I find the loose wire annoying. I'm attempting to build one of these myself and have speakers available and I have an extra datacable. So my question is, how can i connect the data-cable to my speakers so that if I put it in the dock and I press play you can hear the music coming out of the speaker? I suspect that the part of the cable that goes in the usb should be removed and some wires need to be connected but I'm wondering which. And for all the people who will go with the "just plug it in the earphone socket" answer. That is plan B in case nobody here knows the answer. thanks in advance

Question by MichelMoermans   |  last reply


Ipod Charger/Speaker Build Help

I am attempting to turn a old sansui speaker into a home ipod dock and charger. I know how I could have the charger at the base and the headphones running to the audio, but what I would like to do is have one plug-in (similar to an ihome) that would charge the ipod and play through the speaker. I do realize this may involve putting in an amplifier. how can i pull this off? Any help is greatly appreciated. 

Topic by foozer52 


Ipod Topic - Light + Ipod Charger all in one

Ok....well i had this cool idea when i entered one of the instructables and some guy built an awsome ipod nano dock with LED's in it and it looked really cool...i asked him how he powered the LED's and he said by battery enyway i had this cool idea...WHAT IF....you could put the two together all in one? a LED lit Ipod box. that is that the LED's are powered by the same cable thats powering the ipod? eh eh? any comments and ideas would be great thanks :) P.S. This will be in 2 groups: Light it UP!! and this group -Darkshot

Topic by Darkshot   |  last reply



Is the Ipod touch 2nd generation charger cord the same as the ipod nano 6th generation's? Answered

Planning on getting a 6th gen nano, and wanted to know if it would work with my docking station.

Question by RedneckAsian   |  last reply


Ipod/Iphone to older stero ?

I have a older sony stero that doesn't have a line out/AUX jack. It has the bare wire speakers. What would be the best way to set it up ? I just want to use the stero so I can play my ipod. I don't need a docking station or charger set up. Maybe a mini amp from some computer speakers ??? Thanks for the help !!

Question by dkelly4636   |  last reply


Need pin connections and source of connectors for Sony 8GB Walkman MP3 player and Ipod

My girlfriend's Sony Walkman 8GB MP3 player is a Model NWZ-E430. It is difficult to find docking stations and accessories for Sony units in retail stores, and few options exist even online. I'd like to build a docking station with high-quality amp / speakers for her. I am an electronics and computer tech by trade, but this is my girlfriend's player. I don't own one, and have not experimented with them. I need to know the pinouts (connections out of the Walkman) to connect it to the docking station... polarity of power connections, speaker outputs, etc. I also need a source for the Sony connector to fit into the Walkman. Finally, I need to know what the pinouts are for an Ipod docking station, in case I find one that I want to buy and hack, so it will work for the Walkman. Not having an Ipod, I do not know if they are the same type of connector as the Sony, but I assume they are different.

Question by Countrywings 


The new i pod speaker docks

The Griffen Amplifi, The parrot, The i luv, The Gear 4 street party size zero, Shaun the sheep and the heculesAll i pod speaker docks, all different in style, size and performancePrice ranging from £30 - £160Take a look, If you canhttp://www.megawhat.tv/clips/58/ipod-speaker-docks

Topic by mariamhassan   |  last reply


Converting HP laptop harman/kardon speakers to external speakers?

Hey, I just tore apart an old HP Pavilion zd7000 for the speakers (nicest laptop, nay, compact speakers I have set ears upon) and was wondering how I'd go about hooking them up as an external speaker (3.5mm input) with the option of either battery or wall power. I suppose I'd need the input voltage, a variable resistor for volume, and a switch for power. I'd also need to change the red/black and blue/black wires into an 3.5mm female audio jack (red is left channel, blue is right, and black are ground). Of course, it can't be as simple as that... help me out, please! I apologize for poor photo quality. All I have is this iPod, and the camera's not quite the best in the world. The big black panel is attached to the right channel for resonation reasons, I believe, and the small tube (not seen) on the left is for bass boosting. Update: I've tried hooking them directly to a 3.5mm jack, as user Re-Design suggested (thanks!), but there's a lot of clipping, and it drains my iPod's battery like crazy, so an amp is a must. Would the amplifier out of some old PC speakers work?

Question by orangesrhyme   |  last reply


Can the male end of an iPod dock connector be adapted or spliced to take in plain 3.5mm audio input? Answered

I'm aware that this might not work on the technical level but I'm willing to try it. I've got a car stereo that I've used for about 8 years and it works fine. It uses a proprietary cable (Alpine), kind of like this (http://ak.buy.com/PI/0/350/203086658.jpg). It plugs into my iPod that closes up in the glove compartment and then it allows me to select artists and change tracks through the knob / buttons on the face. Since this stereo deck doesn't have any other inputs, I was wondering if I could build a cable to accept audio coming out of my cell phone or any other device. I know that the 30-pin iPod dock connector has various lines for power, data, audio, etc. and I was wondering if anyone has experience with this. Maybe I could split the wire in half or get an adaptor with a female iPod plug to a male 3.5mm adaptor. I've tried Googling these things but it's too hard to describe what I want in keywords.

Question by noapparentfunction   |  last reply


is there a cable that makes the sync port on a ipod nano2nd ind a headphone jack?

my ipod nano 2nd gen headphone jack broke and i was wondering if anyone has a link to make them or to buy one the cable has to go from the wide adapter for like a dock to a headphone jack female

Question by miky19522 


How hard is it to fix an i-pod scroll wheel? I have an old 80 gig that I can not shut-off using the "click" feature. ?

As it is right now, I leave it in my shop on the dock and use a remote (Griffin) that came with the dock to turn it on and off. This sucks because I have to leave my music at home. Ideas or suggestions are welcome. I am mechanically adept, and am semi-capable with electronics.... can't read a schematic to save my soul though. Thanks for any help or ideas. Can't afford to replace it.

Question by peaceman   |  last reply


Is there any way to make amicrone that works with the iPod touch?

Thishttp://Itech.net/tag/ipod-touch-microphonewebsite has one that plugs into the speaker. In other websites they have ones that plugs into the dock(just google iPod touch microphones and click the tab that says images). Can someone give a link to a website or to an instructable?All help is very appreciated.P.S. How do I get my questions published faster?ThanxsMiiwii3

Question by miiwii3   |  last reply


K'nex Challenge 1: 13th Aug - 4th Sept - RESULTS ANNOUNCED

As likers of knex and engineering, Gmjhowe, =SMART= and myself decided we'd start a little knex competition. Each month we will pick three items that we'd like to see redesigned in knex and invite you to have a crack at remaking them, with added functionality if you can!To start with the prizes will be patches, designed by gmjhowe and awarded by him, =SMART= and myself. If it takes off, who knows there may be better prizes in months to come. The patches that will be awarded for 1st - 5th place are below.Here are this months challenges, we've included a smaller project for those of you with less pieces available.Monitor Stand: A stand to replace the base of a monitor. It should be able to twist from left to right, tilt the screen up and down and allow the user to turn from portrait to landscape. Adjustable height would be a bonus!Knex Chess Set: An 8 x 8 chess board with knex pieces.Sellotape Holder: A Knex sellotape holder, for you knexers with less pieces. It should hold the reel and allow the user to pull and cut sellotape one handed. (some suggestions to expand this option: make a large reel tape holder for bigger sellotape rolls, make a wider one for parcel or duct tape, make an adjustable width holder for different tapes, make a hand held tape gun like those they use for packaging - link.)Dock: Somwhere to dock any kind of gadget from phones and ipods, to laptops and external harddrives. It can dock one kind, or all if you're a genius.If this becomes popular and we get a few of each of the above designs submitted, we might add some more challenges to this competition. Rules:- To enter, write up a full instructable of your construction process with clear pictures and descriptions. Post the link here.- Starting and closing dates are GMT.- What the judges say goes!- Have fun!- Judging - 5th Sept - 12th SeptAccepted Entries:Mini Tape Dispenser by jollexPSP Dock by jollex2 in 1 Knex Chess/Checkers Set by knexsuperbulderfreakUniversal iPod Dock by lioneaterUniversal iPod Dock by Killer~SafeCrackerNano K'nex Ipod Dock by BartboyKnex Chess Set by I_Am_CanadianDS Lite Docking Station by TigerNodUniversal Ipod Dock by knexsniper1Fold up phone dock by smileeKnex Tape Dispenser by knex gun builderUPDATE: This is now closed. We will announce the winners when we've had a look through the entries and judged them.RESULTS:1) Knex Chess Set by I_Am_Canadian2) Mini Tape Dispenser by jollex3) DS Lite Docking Station by TigerNod4) 2 in 1 Knex Chess/Checkers Set by knexsuperbulderfreak5) Universal Ipod Dock by knexsniper1Patches for the winners will be awarded soon and we'll be having a think about what to post for our next competition!

Topic by Jayefuu   |  last reply


My iPod shuffle is not recognized by my Window 7 laptop nor Macbook Answered

" One of your USB device has malfunctioned and Windows does not recognize the device." ERROR 43 Please let me know how I can charge my Apple iPod Shuffle (4th Generation) without display. It does not display on the iTunes which I have downloaded from the net. I have bought a new charger dock, still showing same problem.  Need help!  

Question by leathermall   |  last reply


Ipod sync and audio cable mod

Hello, I've been thinking about making my own iPod dock build into my desk. One of the features I would like is that I can also listen to music while it's docked without having to put an extra cable in the top.  Now, I know cables exist with both USB and stereo line out connectors. So this should be possible.  However, since I want to work the cables away it is gonna be plugged into the USB port of my computer all the time.  I'm not 100% sure on this, but I'm guessing that the iPod will go to sync mode once I connect it without the ability to play music before ejecting it in iTunes.  What I want to do is make a toggle switch, so I can choose between sync and charge or audio (or better even, audio and charge if this is possible) My guess is that the best way of achieving this is to put a toggle switch on the data+ on the USB line, since the iPod can no longer recognize the computer like that (and therefore will not go to sync mode) Am I correct in this? I am aware that it will not charge this way because of the voltages needed on the data pins for charging.  A better solution would be to switch both data connections from the standard USB connection to the voltages needed for the iPod to charge (causing it to still charge in audio mode). However, I'm not sure how easy this would be to achieve with only 1 toggle switch (since I need to change 2 cables without shorting them out). I know the voltages and resistors needed (they can easily be found here on instructables or other sites through google) but the switch is what is bugging me.  It would be nice if this can be done without microcontrollers (I never used them so yeah...) If I need to build a circuit that is ok (soldering isn't the problem, I just don't feel like learning to program a microcontroller just for this project) Can someone please tell me the best way to achieve my goal, and if it's possible at all. 

Topic by Ganoderma   |  last reply


Ipod Topic - USB light + charger all in one

Ok....well i had this cool idea when i entered one of the instructables and some guy built an awsome ipod nano dock with LED's in it and it looked really cool...i asked him how he powered the LED's and he said by battery enyway i had this cool idea...WHAT IF....you could put the two together all in one? a LED lit Ipod box. that is that the LED's are powered by the same cable thats powering the ipod? eh eh? any comments and ideas would be great thanks :) P.S. This will be in 2 groups: Light it UP!! and this group -Darkshot

Topic by Darkshot   |  last reply


anyone with a guide or tips on fixing a bose dock? it charges, but no sound. i feel it can be reborn...?

Bose dock, has remote and charges ipods/Phones. decent sound. it still charges a phone, but no sound on it. even tried the speciality $40 Aux cable to attempt sound from laptop, etc...which was working not long ago...it seems the power cables plastic has fused itself to the receving end of the main, internal board......?? anyone w/ experience can keep this thing out of the landfill, perhaps? thanks?

Question by PtacoP   |  last reply


How to choose speaker for DIY iPhone speaker system Answered

Hi guys I'm a bit of a tinkerer, but new to audio.  I'm designing an ipod speaker dock from a Gigaware 40-303.  Got the thing apart, but the left speaker is making a bad buzzing sound.  I want to replace the speaker, but I'm unsure of what to look for.  The specs for the system I got the circuit from are as follows: output: 15 W x 2 Driver size: 3.0" x 2 signal to noise: greater than or equal to 65 dB freq response: 80Hz-20KHz rated load impedence: 4 ohms power rating: 100-240V -50/6-hz, 1 amp So I need to look for a 3" 15 watt 4 ohm speaker?  I don't want to underload the circuit and draw too much power.   What about range?  Mid, tweeter etc?  Does that matter? The original speaker is pictured below.  The sticker on the back is the only identifying info.  Thanks for any help you can provide.

Question by DirtMcGurt   |  last reply


cutting in circuit board?

I have this circuit board which I pulled from an iPhone dock. When I look at the bottom, it seems obvious where the wires and connections are running. Does this mean that the area marked in the photo below is fair play for cutting and removing without effecting the functionality of the circuit board? The project I'm working on would greatly benefit from being able to remove a small part of the plastic.

Topic by Flark   |  last reply