Cool things to do with the aging iPod Classic

Discussion in 'iPod' started by silverjam, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. silverjam, Jul 13, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2012

    silverjam macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2012
    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.

  2. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020


    Feb 16, 2012
    if the back's still shiny you can use it as a mirror :)
  3. aarond12 macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2002
    Dallas, TX USA
    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.
  4. teknikal90 macrumors 68030


    Jan 28, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    some guy here put an SSD into his. thought that was pretty cool
  5. ritmomundo macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    I have mine attached in the car as well. The screen interface and steering wheel controls beat fumbling with CDs.
  6. tbobmccoy macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2007
    Austin, TX
    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.
  7. NewAnger macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2012
    Denver Colorado
    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.
  8. richpjr macrumors 68030


    May 9, 2006
    Another one here using my old classic in my car - works great.
  9. kaielement macrumors 65816

    Dec 16, 2010
    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
  10. eyepee macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2012
    I bought this device (similar to it):

    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.

  11. NewAnger macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2012
    Denver Colorado
    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.
  12. kaielement macrumors 65816

    Dec 16, 2010
    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.
  13. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    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.
  14. NewAnger macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2012
    Denver Colorado
    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.
  15. botwa macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2012
    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 :)
  16. StephenCampbell macrumors 65816

    Sep 21, 2009
    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.
  17. iMacFarlane macrumors 65816


    Apr 5, 2012
    Adrift in a sea of possibilities
    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.
  18. Blue Fox macrumors 6502a

    Blue Fox

    Apr 13, 2009
    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.
  19. iEvolution macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    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).
  20. guspasho macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2011
    You've heard about headphones, right? You don't have to have the phone up to your ear to listen to music.
  21. knux11 macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2008
    i was just thinking i should get an ipod classic to keep in the car.
  22. StephenCampbell macrumors 65816

    Sep 21, 2009
    Haha, of course. The earphones act as an antenna... we don't know exactly how much radiation inadvertently travels up the wire.
  23. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
  24. apple_iBoy macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2003
    Philadelphia, PA
    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.
  25. spyguy10709 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 5, 2010
    One Infinite Loop, Cupertino CA
    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.

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