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silverjam
Jul 13, 2012, 05:43 AM
I have an iPod Classic 120GB than even my young girls don't want to use (screen is too small daddy and where is my Dora App?) I was looking to sell it but know i'll make no money on it either. I am calling upon the forum to give me some cool idea/use that I can put it to.

I have all the gear such as 2 MacMinis, 2 MBAs, iPhone 4s, 3GS, Airpoirt Extreme and Express but as it doesn't have WiFi or sound (Speakers) it is limited in use with my Mac devices.

So what have the forum members done with their iPod Classic that stands above the mundane use of plugging headphones in an taking it for a walk.

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charlieegan3
Jul 13, 2012, 06:01 AM
if the back's still shiny you can use it as a mirror :)

aarond12
Jul 13, 2012, 08:49 AM
Although the battery in mine is shot, I use it in my car for music. I have an iPod interface (most modern cars have USB ports) and can control track and volume from the built-in steering wheel controls.

teknikal90
Jul 13, 2012, 11:53 AM
some guy here put an SSD into his. thought that was pretty cool

ritmomundo
Jul 13, 2012, 12:23 PM
I have mine attached in the car as well. The screen interface and steering wheel controls beat fumbling with CDs.

tbobmccoy
Jul 13, 2012, 03:28 PM
I have mine attached in the car as well. The screen interface and steering wheel controls beat fumbling with CDs.

The click wheel is a LOT more friendly to sightless controlling, as well. I much prefer using my iPod in the car than my iPhone as the iPhone's touch screen has no tactile feedback.

NewAnger
Jul 13, 2012, 05:20 PM
The click wheel is a LOT more friendly to sightless controlling, as well. I much prefer using my iPod in the car than my iPhone as the iPhone's touch screen has no tactile feedback.

Same. I've tried and tried many many times to get used to using my iPhone 64GB and 32GB in my car and always go back to using my 160GB Classic. Nothing beats having all of my music and podcasts with me.

It's too hard trying to look and click on a letter when trying to find something and then having to scroll the albums.

I'm thinking of buying a second 160GB soon because my first one that I bought a month ago is nearly full.

richpjr
Jul 13, 2012, 05:52 PM
Another one here using my old classic in my car - works great.

kaielement
Jul 13, 2012, 06:06 PM
I love walking around with all my music in one place. I have a 160gb and love it also great for the car and long car rides. Have all my music and podcast. I rarely use my iPhone as an iPod maybe once a year. lol

eyepee
Jul 14, 2012, 05:47 AM
I bought this device (similar to it):

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/FM-Transmitter-Car-Charger-w-REMOTE-Apple-iPod-iTouch-iPhone-3G-4G-4S-3GS-4-/320770184160?pt=AU_Electronics_Portable_Audio_Accessories&hash=item4aaf6493e0

It's an FM transmitter that you plug into the bottom of the iPod and you can tune into it. You can set it to any unused frequency and what ever is played on the iPod is transmitted in FM stereo (in your car for example). The sound is good quality stereo. As good as plugging in to the earphone jack. It also comes with a remote control (next track etc). I use it in the car but you could use it anywhere. It's good when your car does't have bluetooth, iPod or an input jack.

It sort of turns your iPod into an AirPlay in that you can run it on any stereo with FM. It runs of the iPod power as well.

Also you can buy small iPod powered speakers that plug into the bottom of the iPod to give it sound. Search for micro iPod speakers.

IP.

NewAnger
Jul 14, 2012, 09:52 AM
I bought this device (similar to it):

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/FM-Transmitter-Car-Charger-w-REMOTE-Apple-iPod-iTouch-iPhone-3G-4G-4S-3GS-4-/320770184160?pt=AU_Electronics_Portable_Audio_Accessories&hash=item4aaf6493e0

It's an FM transmitter that you plug into the bottom of the iPod and you can tune into it. You can set it to any unused frequency and what ever is played on the iPod is transmitted in FM stereo (in your car for example). The sound is good quality stereo. As good as plugging in to the earphone jack. It also comes with a remote control (next track etc). I use it in the car but you could use it anywhere. It's good when your car does't have bluetooth, iPod or an input jack.

It sort of turns your iPod into an AirPlay in that you can run it on any stereo with FM. It runs of the iPod power as well.

Also you can buy small iPod powered speakers that plug into the bottom of the iPod to give it sound. Search for micro iPod speakers.

IP.

Those devices are generally OK for cities that don't have a lot of radio stations. Here in Denver, there is hardly any open frequencies to use and when there are, you get so much static and interference that it makes the device worthless.

The only time I was able to use one of these for any length of time was when I travelled from Denver to Reno. Even then sometimes in the middle of nowhere, a strong radio signal would suddenly come in full blast and kill my ears and wash out my iPods signal.

kaielement
Jul 14, 2012, 11:57 AM
I bought this device (similar to it):

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/FM-Transmitter-Car-Charger-w-REMOTE-Apple-iPod-iTouch-iPhone-3G-4G-4S-3GS-4-/320770184160?pt=AU_Electronics_Portable_Audio_Accessories&hash=item4aaf6493e0

It's an FM transmitter that you plug into the bottom of the iPod and you can tune into it. You can set it to any unused frequency and what ever is played on the iPod is transmitted in FM stereo (in your car for example). The sound is good quality stereo. As good as plugging in to the earphone jack. It also comes with a remote control (next track etc). I use it in the car but you could use it anywhere. It's good when your car does't have bluetooth, iPod or an input jack.

It sort of turns your iPod into an AirPlay in that you can run it on any stereo with FM. It runs of the iPod power as well. Search for micro iPod speakers.
IP.

In general you never get good audio quality from a fm transmuter plus the build sucks on most. My opinion if you can at all coast don't use one.
Also you can buy small iPod powered speakers that plug into the bottom of the iPod to give it sound. In the long run you will save more money just buy replacing the stereo if you want a better iPod experience.

rgarjr
Jul 14, 2012, 10:27 PM
the classic is great to have it in the car to hear your tunes and I think a lot people buy them just for that. No more CD's.

NewAnger
Jul 15, 2012, 02:41 AM
the classic is great to have it in the car to hear your tunes and I think a lot people buy them just for that. No more CD's.

This is the truth. I haven't used the CD player either of my cars. One is almost four years old and the other, just a few months. I also haven't bought a CD since sometime in the late 90s. Before the iPod, I burned my own CDs and after the iPod, well, CDs are dead to me.

botwa
Jul 16, 2012, 04:53 AM
well as people said it's great for the car. I use mine all the time everywhere, when I walk, when I drive, when I'm using public transport...

I guess you can sell it. If course you won't get a lot of money (as you said) but still some money. Better than just leaving it.

However you can leave it for some time.
Maybe later you'll come to the conclusion that you can use it somehow. Maybe you'll fond it more comfortable later.
Sometimes I buy thing and they don't seem useful at all but time goes by and appears that I use them all the time :)

StephenCampbell
Jul 16, 2012, 06:01 PM
I always use my 160GB classic for listening to music. My iPhone wouldn't hold all my music on it at once, and also the iPhone is hooked up wirelessly to the internet all the time, so there's no knowing how much radiation you're exposing your brain to when you listen to music on it.

iMacFarlane
Jul 17, 2012, 01:49 PM
I use mine in my Ford SYNC enabled truck. Keeps it charged and I control it from the steering wheel. Tried to give it a rest with my iPhone and a Pandora app, but within 1 week of driving to work and around town bumped my data plan limit. Pandora -> deleted. iPod classic hooked back up. Good to go.

Blue Fox
Jul 18, 2012, 01:12 AM
I have a deck in my car that I hook my iPod Classic up to. Mine is 120GB, full of music, tv shows and movies. It all streams perfectly to my in-dash head unit.

Makes the PERFECT media server for a car. I also use it as a portable hard drive sometimes.

iEvolution
Jul 18, 2012, 10:32 AM
I use a ipod video 320gb (hd swap) as a video output device for my TV, course Im not picky about high def like some are. (HD output would be a nice update idea if there ever is another real classic update).

guspasho
Jul 18, 2012, 12:54 PM
I always use my 160GB classic for listening to music. My iPhone wouldn't hold all my music on it at once, and also the iPhone is hooked up wirelessly to the internet all the time, so there's no knowing how much radiation you're exposing your brain to when you listen to music on it.

You've heard about headphones, right? You don't have to have the phone up to your ear to listen to music.

knux11
Jul 19, 2012, 05:33 AM
I have an iPod Classic 120GB than even my young girls don't want to use (screen is too small daddy and where is my Dora App?) I was looking to sell it but know i'll make no money on it either. I am calling upon the forum to give me some cool idea/use that I can put it to.

I have all the gear such as 2 MacMinis, 2 MBAs, iPhone 4s, 3GS, Airpoirt Extreme and Express but as it doesn't have WiFi or sound (Speakers) it is limited in use with my Mac devices.

So what have the forum members done with their iPod Classic that stands above the mundane use of plugging headphones in an taking it for a walk.

Silver

i was just thinking i should get an ipod classic to keep in the car.

StephenCampbell
Jul 19, 2012, 01:07 PM
You've heard about headphones, right? You don't have to have the phone up to your ear to listen to music.

Haha, of course. The earphones act as an antenna... we don't know exactly how much radiation inadvertently travels up the wire.

TacticalDesire
Jul 19, 2012, 05:31 PM
Another vote for using it in your car.

apple_iBoy
Aug 27, 2012, 09:14 PM
In general you never get good audio quality from a fm transmuter plus the build sucks on most. My opinion if you can at all coast don't use one.
Also you can buy small iPod powered speakers that plug into the bottom of the iPod to give it sound. In the long run you will save more money just buy replacing the stereo if you want a better iPod experience.

Generally I'd agree with you. But I did have great luck with a Motorola hands free Bluetooth thing. It's primary function was to relay phone calls through from your phone, via Bluetooth, and transmit through on an FM frequency. As a side thing, it would also transmit music. I found that this device worked really well, even on my radio-congested route between Philly and central Jersey. I always wondered if the device was allowed to transmit with more power than the typical FM transmitter because of its primary intended function of hands free phone calls.

For years I played music from my iPod this way. The iPod had a little Bluetooth adapter that plugged into the dock connector. It would pair up with my hands free and play music beautifully.

The only reason I don't use the setup currently is because my newer car has USB.

spyguy10709
Aug 27, 2012, 10:18 PM
Haha, of course. The earphones act as an antenna... we don't know exactly how much radiation inadvertently travels up the wire.

There are a few things wrong here.
1- the iPhone does not have the ability to use the headphones as an antenna.
2- radiation is all around you. It is a myth that having a cell phone near your head increases radiation by any effective amount is false. Maybe about .5 watt or less but you get hit with more just living in a city - think fm and am radio, wifi, cell phones etc.
3. We know exactly how much radiation comes from the iPhone. It's called the FCC.

StephenCampbell
Aug 27, 2012, 11:49 PM
There are a few things wrong here.
1- the iPhone does not have the ability to use the headphones as an antenna.
2- radiation is all around you. It is a myth that having a cell phone near your head increases radiation by any effective amount is false. Maybe about .5 watt or less but you get hit with more just living in a city - think fm and am radio, wifi, cell phones etc.
3. We know exactly how much radiation comes from the iPhone. It's called the FCC.

Yes I know. But we don't know how much radiation travels haphazardly up the earphones, due to them acting as a physical conductor being attached to the metal iPhone. It wouldn't be traveling up through the audio wire of course.. just hitching a ride on the outside of the cable, very much like what happens with the wire telephone game.

alikaalex
Aug 28, 2012, 12:35 PM
Yes I know. But we don't know how much radiation travels haphazardly up the earphones, due to them acting as a physical conductor being attached to the metal iPhone. It wouldn't be traveling up through the audio wire of course.. just hitching a ride on the outside of the cable, very much like what happens with the wire telephone game.

Probably less radiation than we received from our computers while reading this forum. I would say a trace amount at best and probably less likely to harm us than the smog we breathe on our commutes.

HishamAkhtar
Aug 28, 2012, 03:14 PM
some guy here put an SSD into his. thought that was pretty cool

What does it have right now?

spyguy10709
Aug 28, 2012, 03:46 PM
Yes I know. But we don't know how much radiation travels haphazardly up the earphones, due to them acting as a physical conductor being attached to the metal iPhone. It wouldn't be traveling up through the audio wire of course.. just hitching a ride on the outside of the cable, very much like what happens with the wire telephone game.

Dude...

Cell phone radiation is harmless. It's such a little amount that it literally CAN'T hurt you.

But whatever.

AFAIK radiation doesn't travel over plastic...

Cartaphilus
Aug 28, 2012, 06:11 PM
In general you never get good audio quality from a fm transmitter plus the build sucks on most. My opinion if you can at all costs don't use one.

Because I had the same poor experience with FM transmitters, I got a Bluetooth receiver with an audio-out stereo plug that fits the audio-in port of my car radio. Here's a link to the device on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Britelink-Bluetooth-Audio-Receiver-Portable/dp/B0059M4G9K/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1346194591&sr=8-3&keywords=bluetooth+receiver

I use it with an iPhone to play podcasts, Pandora, and Internet radio, but it would work just as well with an iPod Classic and a Bluetooth transmitter like this one: http://www.amazon.com/Motorola-SYN2837A-Bluetooth-replaces-Streaming/dp/B003KRFGPY/ref=sr_1_9?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1346195120&sr=1-9&keywords=bluetooth+transmitter+for+iPod

(I also use an iPod Classic in the armrest with steering wheel controls and display on the Nav screen---works extremely well as others have said.)

TYMUL
Aug 30, 2012, 03:47 PM
What does it have right now?

1.8 inch Hard Drives. supplied by Toshiba and Samsung.

all iPods and iPod minis had HDDs. iPod Nanos, touches and shuffles have SSDs

kaielement
Aug 30, 2012, 03:59 PM
Because I had the same poor experience with FM transmitters, I got a Bluetooth receiver with an audio-out stereo plug that fits the audio-in port of my car radio. Here's a link to the device on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Britelink-Bluetooth-Audio-Receiver-Portable/dp/B0059M4G9K/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1346194591&sr=8-3&keywords=bluetooth+receiver

I use it with an iPhone to play podcasts, Pandora, and Internet radio, but it would work just as well with an iPod Classic and a Bluetooth transmitter like this one: http://www.amazon.com/Motorola-SYN2837A-Bluetooth-replaces-Streaming/dp/B003KRFGPY/ref=sr_1_9?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1346195120&sr=1-9&keywords=bluetooth+transmitter+for+iPod

(I also use an iPod Classic in the armrest with steering wheel controls and display on the Nav screen---works extremely well as others have said.)


Seems like a lot of work if you have an audio input you could just use an AUX Cable. Or am I missing something?

Cartaphilus
Aug 30, 2012, 11:44 PM
Seems like a lot of work if you have an audio input you could just use an AUX Cable. Or am I missing something?

You've been talking to my wife, eh? Did she also tell you how silly I am to have AppleTV when I could just cable from a MBP to the TV? Or that the speakers I installed in the ceiling above the kitchen table didn't really need to attached to an amp and Airport Express so I can beam music to them wirelessly? She just doesn't accept "because I can, and it's cool" as a good reason.

I try to talk about how messy wires are, and how convenient it is to be able to pick up the iPod/iPhone/MBP and pass it around the car, or be able to see the screen easily when scrolling, but if all you're interested in is getting things done practically and inexpensively, well...

kaielement
Aug 31, 2012, 12:44 PM
You've been talking to my wife, eh? Did she also tell you how silly I am to have AppleTV when I could just cable from a MBP to the TV? Or that the speakers I installed in the ceiling above the kitchen table didn't really need to attached to an amp and Airport Express so I can beam music to them wirelessly? She just doesn't accept "because I can, and it's cool" as a good reason.

I try to talk about how messy wires are, and how convenient it is to be able to pick up the iPod/iPhone/MBP and pass it around the car, or be able to see the screen easily when scrolling, but if all you're interested in is getting things done practically and inexpensively, well...

Bro chill. I wasn't saying you are silly I was just asking. But really having one cable is that much of an issue then it's what ever. Have fun with that. And as to your other points they don't really make sense, because Apple tv and the airport express work well with multiple devises so I can see why people run them and you don't have to worry about running a bunch of cabling.

lizardofwoz
Aug 31, 2012, 01:14 PM
Er...

I fire up mine... and take it for a walk.

My original reason for buying the Classic is unchanged. Music or audio books available as I walk.

I need no other purpose.

:apple:

Melab
Sep 14, 2012, 12:22 PM
some guy here put an SSD into his. thought that was pretty cool

That I have got to see. My focus has always hailed hardware hacking as important.

daveybe
Sep 14, 2012, 12:23 PM
Depending on the size of your personal data: use it as an external drive for your Time Machine backups?

Or (going for the "most creative" award here) if you're a gamer, hollow out the iPod and turn it into a dice tower.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5QA8-z_sts