26 Fun Things To Do With Your iPod
Here are a few dozen things you can do with your iPod besides listen to music.
1. Make your own pirate radio station
Just expose the antenna on your iTrip FM transmitter and you can broadcast your iPod's music library to any radio a short distance away. Useful for silencing loud radios or just messing with people.
2. Find good NYC pizza
The piPod software will guide you and your musical friend to some of the best pizza places in New York City.
3. Dress it up
If Apple's iPod Socks don't catch your fancy, there's always the iPod Hoodie, complete with drawstring enclosures. Either is perfect for a cozy afternoon nap on the couch.
4. Record audio without extra hardware
Rather than buying the iTalk for $40, you can install a program called Podzilla on your iPod and use a regular old microphone to record high quality audio.
5. Listen to your mp3 collection in the car
Griffin and Kensington (among others) sell FM transmitters for the iPod. Just tune your radio to the proper frequency and out comes your music collection. You can transfer any music you like from Mac to iPod and then enjoy your music anywhere you go!
6. Store your photos on the go
If you're out shooting and don't have enough room on your camera's memory card for all the photos you want to take, offload them to your iPod with Media Reader, erase the card, and shoot away.
7. Share your music with complete strangers
Approach someone with the signature white ear buds, smile, and trade headphone jacks to get an earful of your new friend's music.
8. Find your way in the dark
Griffin's iBeam turns your iPod into a laser pointer (for presentations, annoying people at the movies, or exercising your cat) or a flashlight. If only it would shine the currently playing song info.
9. Get it a tattoo
As your iPod gets older and grow more rebellious, it'll eventually want to get a tattoo. O'Reilly is happy to help with this guide to creating your own iPod tattoos. No word on any available piercings.
10. Build yourself a portable jukebox
Pair your iPod with a Tivoli PAL (Portable Audio Lab) unit and take your tunes anywhere, sans headphones.
11. Modify the look and feel of the iPod OS
iPod Wizard lets you modify the graphics and fonts that come with your iPod so that, for example, you're greeted by the Lego logo when you start it up.
12. Live off the grid and charge your iPod shuffle by hand
Phil Torrone made a hand-cranked contraption for charging your iPod shuffle. It's still in the experimental stages so there's no word on how many cranks it takes for a full recharge.
13. Mix drinks at the bar
Podtender contains recipes for over 900 mixed drinks.
14. Keep track of your appointments
All iPods, except for the shuffle, come with calendaring functionality built in, so you can sync your desktop calendar to your iPod and keep track of where you're supposed to be and when if you're out and about.
15. Get inspired
American Rhetoric has made available audio versions of many famous political speeches, including MLK's "I Have a Dream" and JFK's "Ich bin ein Berliner".
16. Cook a nice dinner
The PodGourmet software contains 260 recipes for the discerning chef. There's even a vegan version available with an additional 277 recipes.
17. Make a RAID array
Unsatisfied with just listening to music on his new iPod shuffle, Jim Wright enlisted some friends' shuffles and made a RAID array out of them. "As far as the Mac is concerned, it's just another drive on the system."
18. Get religion
Take the Book of God anywhere with BiblePlayer, listen to the Quran on your walk to the office, or discover the wisdom of the Torah on the train.
19. DJ at a club
No need for turntables at some clubs these days. Some DJs just play from their iPods and some clubs even invite patrons to plug-in and play something from their own personal iPods.
20. Change the channel on your TV
Using Griffin's TotalRemote software and IR device and a bit of elbow grease, you can set up your iPod as a remote for any number of devices, including your TV, DVD player, Xbox, and Roomba.
21. Take photos of it with famous landmarks
For whatever reason, lots of people like taking photos of their iPods in various locations around the world, including Stonehenge, the Sydney Opera House, and dozens of other places.
22. Disguise it as breath mints
The iPod shuffle is so small that it fits nicely within a case of Altoids. Punch a hole in the top for your headphones, and people watching you listen to an Altoids tin will think there's something curiously wrong with you.
23. Make free phone calls
Drop some phone tones on your iPod, make number playlists to dial, and play them back to dial phones. Not sure if this still works on modern pay phones or what, but if you've ever wanted to build a red, blue, or green box, this is an easy way to do it.
24. Put on your makeup
The mirrored surface on the reverse of the larger iPods makes for a good emergency make-up mirror, as this woman demonstrates (second photo down).
25. Sell it on eBay and use the profits to buy a Chinese knockoff
The iPod is too popular not to have inspired Asian knockoffs. Here's a Chinese version of the iPod mini. It's got a USB 2.0 connector, plays MP3s and WMA files, and contains a built-in FM tuner. I'd love to see what the OS looks like and how exactly the navigation works...cause it doesn't really look like that wheel scrolls.
26. Look up old friends
Keep track of your contacts on the iPod with built-in software. Supports standard vCard files.
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