How to Hack Your iPod: Six Great iPod hacks

It is a device that can be used to express your personality. iPod is a very personal device. The music as well as the calendars, contacts, and notes that you keep on it will reveal a lot about your personality. From playcounts to playlists our iPods tell other people what we love, how we think, and even what we’re like. But if you truly desire to turn your iPod into a vehicle for personal expression, why not customise it?

Hacking your iPod – whether it’s modding the case or installing custom software or breaking it up and doubling the memory – could transform the standard media and music player into something special.

NOTE: You should be aware that trying any of these tricks can carry the risk of damaging your device.

1. Penguin power

iPod Linux is the essential hack, and table stakes are required for many of the other hacks you’d like to try. It supports iPods from generations 1-3 and has been installed successfully on other devices equipped with displays. It is recommended to download “Podzilla,” which will bring a graphical interface to iPod Linux.

There are several versions of Podzilla that you can select. After installation, iPod Linux and Podzilla can boot your iPod to a barebones Linux mode. In addition, it serves as the base for many other hacks. Visit:-

2. Wikipedia on the move

Everyone loves Wikipedia. It’s free, user-built encyclopaedia that has more entries on a variety of subjects than Britannica. It’s a fantastic information source But what happens when you’re not sitting at your desk? Now, you can get it on your iPod and take Wikipedia all the time you go. Unfortunately, it’s not yet available for all models iPods. Nano and video users are left out at the moment, and as there’s not a display on the iPod the shuffle, there’s little benefit to installing Wikipedia. You’ll first need to install the iPod Linux.

3. doubles your memory

Not satisfied with the 4GB of memory available on the iPod nano? Why not make it double that. The first step is to purchase a damaged nano from eBay. Break it open and take out the memory. Once you have opened your nano working, connect the memory chip from the damaged nano onto an empty pad on the working one, close the nano back in place and do an factory reset. Now you’ll have a functioning nano that has 7.2GB of storage.

4. Mobile movies on the move

Transfer DVD movies onto your iPod without hassle and at no cost by using a free program (HandBrake) which is compatible with Mac and Windows. Take note that unless you’re using an analogue capture method, it’s not legal to burn DVDs you own onto your iPod.

To Mac (and Linux) users who are using Mac and Linux, you can get a copy of HandBrake. Handbrake is currently available as a Universal binary. That’s great news for people with a new MacBook, Mac mini, or imac. The program it can convert videos from DVD directly into MPEG-4 video, the format that you’ll require to view it on your iPod. Windows users must take some additional steps. Get a DVD ripping program such as DVDFab Decrypter or DVD Decrypter. Convert the video to AVI with a decoding program. Then convert the AVI file into MPEG-4 that plays on your iPod by using Videora iPod Converter.

5. iPod for TV

Want to watch content from your iPod on your TV? You can easily do so by buying an PS15 iPod Audio-visual cable via Apple or using a standard mini-jack and three-plug RCA cable. These cables range from PS7 to PS10 from outlets such as Maplins ( You can set your iPod to output to the TV, connect the cable via the mini-jack, and plug into the RCA connections into the TV using an unusual arrangement. Apple outputs the video on the red cable – rather than the usual yellow cable. Therefore, you’ll need to plug both cables into the audio (yellow) plug on your television, the blue cable to the white plug while the blue cable is plugged into the red plug. This is a straightforward hack anyone with an iPod can try.

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