Someone at work was selling a gently used 120GB Classic for $30.00. why? A headphone plug had broken off in the jack.
I tried everything I could find online that people had done to successfully remove a partial 1/8" male plug from within the jack (aside from the 'glue on a stick' method, that sounded way too dumb to me), and nothing worked.
Having done a fair amount of work on my original Frankenpod, as well as numerous ipod classic size/shaped ipods of friends and family over the years, i was not at all intimidated by opening it up to fix it. Replacement headphone jack assembly: $30
I was already not super interested in the UI on this model- a weird split screen design that you couldn't turn off. You couldn't get just a full screen listing of artists or songs or whatever, and I found that pretty annoying. Then I took it apart. Apple has clearly made a huge effort over the last few hardware revisions to really try to keep users out. This model was 20 times harder to get apart than my old mini, and probably 10 times as hard as it is to crack the previous classic design. Not just getting it open, but getting it open with out damaging it.
Its almost impossible to get this case open without seriously bending the back half of the shell. When I mistakenly put it all back together with out re-connecting one cable and had to do it all a second time, I decided I never wanted to open it again after that. If the battery or drive dies, it would be a huge pain to maintain it.
So, I decided to get it back together as nice as I could, and sell it.
You can see the two significant bends my ministrations left in it below:
It only came with a case and the box.
I bought a plug for $1.50
, and then sold it for $125.00 on ebay.
total cost of device plus refurb parts: $30+30+$1.50+$8.00 (to replace some screws I lost)=$69.50
I decided to go back to what I liked in my old ipod. Got a used 2nd Gen 4GB mini with an aluminum case on ebay for $23.
Refreshing to remember how easy the Mini comes apart. The only problem was getting out the protective plastic that covers the screen. Since I planned on painting this one, I had to break that out.
buff buff buff.
I had originally tried some rattle-can plasti-dip to see if I could get a neat rubberized finish, but wasn't having good results, so I decided to rough up the case. Note, this is a pink one, that I had laying around after I bought it for parts years ago for Frankenpod v1. I started on this while waiting for the green one to arrive, and figured if I messed it up, I had another on deck.
Down to bare metal.
a thin base of black auto primer.
base coat of krylon bronze.
Tarting it up with some metallic acrylics
Took out the 4GB micro drive.
128GB Compact Flash drive.
Coulda gone for a lot more reasonable cost for like 64GB, but for some reason i just couldn't not make it as big as the version I rehabbed. I'm normally not such a size queen
Now this little pod has 32x the capacity it was designed to have, yay!
Replacement lens from china, $5.00
I kept going with the metallics, then started doing colors and washes to get a nice verdigris look. Shown here just after the acrylic enamel clear coat. Still glossy.
Test fitting. I was a bit concerned that the tight tolerances of apple design might cause me problems if I got too much paint around the openings for the display and click wheel, but everything seems okay so far.
I flipped it over too soon while the varnish was still tacky and took a little chunk out in the upper left there. Had to go back and touch that up and re-enamel the corner
Now with physical distressing. Really going for that 'just dredged up from an Agean harbor look'.
faux surface pitting. (spray on enamel, put enamel in the oven, wait to bubble, then sand the bubbles down)
128gb, easily servicable, small form factor and nice aluminum case. Total cost to me, about $70. If I'd have gone for ~64GB or there abouts, I probably could have come out even, or possibly a little ahead. Oh well. Its pretty hilarious, and I'll never have to worry about not having a good selection of tunes. I'm going to call it a success
It looked cooler when I used the clickwheel from the green ipod, as the color of the font matched better. but that one had a small tear in the ribbon cable and wasn't working correctly, so I had to use the pink one instead. whatever.
It occurred to me that it would be even cooler if I'd thought of a way to weather the plastic of the click wheel too, but I couldn't figure out a way to do that and not endanger the functioning of the wheel. And I really just wanted to get the case looking different than the anodized green/pink that I had laying around, and get on to using it for actually playing music.
Now that I have a broken spare though, I might investigate taking the clickwheel apart more and see what I can come up with. Maybe something that I can rub on and clean off, like weathering chalk, or shoe polish or something. I'd be wary of anything else flaking or wearing, and fucking up the clickwheel clickyness.
Any ideas on doing the plastic bits definitely appreciated!
Even with out a completely convincing affect on all the components, it was a fun little project.