IPod Wallet




About: I'm a high school student in Vermont who loves to take things apart and (sometimes) put things back together or make things from scratch. I like to program and experiment and browse the net.

 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...

Step 2: Gut It

 This is simple, but will probably take the longest. Remove all screws, circuitry, anything that won't accept money. NOTE: be sure to leave the following parts:

• 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

 This step is to boost the cool factor, boost the geekiness factor, and decrease the crime rate. Making it clear that it's not in top condition and/or old and/or broken is key. Don't make it too ugly, it needs to be clear it's a real iPod or the awesomeness factor will be the awesomeness factor times negative infinity.
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!

 It is very easy to insert coins, and almost as easy to insert bills. If it's large enough for credit cards, you need to open it to put them in or take anything out (unless you shake it to take out the coins). Keep it in your pocket upside-down so the coins don't fall out.

Also look at this one please!



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    31 Discussions


    9 years ago on Introduction

    How does the money stay in.... Oh, never mind!
    Too bad i don't have an ipod for this!
    Would an mp3 work?

    19 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     Yes, but with a few problems: it might be too small, for one, and there might be no way to open it without the dock connector. But other than that, I would expect so...

    And to get a broken iPod, just take a trip to the dump! They're there by the thousands... (jk)


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    You DO NOT live in a smaller town :P
    our population is 520 or something very close to that :P


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     Fine. But still, you have 1% of a dump, we have 0% of a dump. And if you want an iPod, write to Steve Jobs, C/O Apple, Inc. 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I wrote to him before on the subject of ibook g4s all he did was forward my letter to apple texas


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     ...no. But anyway, (although it means paying postage) snail mail is usually more persuasive. :)


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     ...whatever. Can you rate 5/5 please? And vote for it on the 8th of march? ("Beware the eights of March..." jk :] jus' a little quoting there.)