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!