Fast historical past lesson: the inaugural iPod was launched on 23rd October 2001, which is about eight months after the Macintosh model of iTunes was launched. The iPod Touch is the final official surviving member of the iPod dynasty and the one mannequin Apple has ever launched with wi-fi connection.
However what if the outdated iPod you have bought in a drawer someplace may very well be modified so as to add Bluetooth audio, an web connection and entry to streaming providers akin to Spotify? That’s precisely what developer Guy Dupont achieved, with the 4th-gen iPod he bought from his mother-in-law.
This explicit iPod was launched in 2004, making it 17 years of age – sure, it makes us really feel outdated too. It incorporates a actually moderately small show, Click on Wheel, and no wi-fi connections, however by altering all of its innards Dupont has managed to convey it (virtually) updated. The participant can now entry Spotify’s whole catalogue and stream it to your Bluetooth speaker or headphones.
How did he do it? Take a look on the following video.
As famous by 9to5Mac and Engadget, valuable little of the 4th-gen iPod Basic stays on this modified gadget, bar the unique case with a functioning clicky wheel (which now consists of haptic suggestions), however the last outcomes are nonetheless fairly particular.
Dupont has named his masterpiece “sPot,” and it now has a color display screen and an inner 1,000mAh battery. A $10 Raspberry Pi Zero W and a Micro-USB connector had been additionally utilised to create and set up a model of Spotify (utilizing Spotify’s official APIs) that harks again to the traditional iPod interface.
The upcycling challenge apparently value Dupont lower than $100 to do all-in, however the thrifty developer has no intention of attempting to renovate and promote extra Spotify-enhanced iPods. To show it, he is truly shared particulars about how he constructed the sPot on Hackaday and in addition the supply code of the software program he created on GitHub – presumably in case you wish to have a go your self.
Would possibly Apple take a number of pointers and launch an iPod Basic line with up to date options underneath a retro hood? Unbelievable, maybe – then once more, not not possible.
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