Fun fact: the original iPod was released in 2001 and came with 5GB worth of storage. At the time, Steve Jobs boasted that it could store "1000 songs in your pocket". Ten years later and those early iPods aren’t looking so hot. Not only are they kinda chunky and lacking memory, they’re pretty much redundant if you own an iPhone. But they’re not entirely useless – they just need a good case mod. Right?
The cheap and plentiful supply of old iPods has inspired bedroom engineers to get creative and you’ll find all sorts of tricked out devices floating around online. These range from the nerdy (iPod in a Gameboy), to the cashed up (wood veneer case mods), to the stupid (Wii remote iPod).
While none of these could be described as ‘essential’, they’re environmentally friendly, bespoke, and a good conversation starter on public transport. Start messing around with a wooden iPod or playing music through a Gameboy on a train or tram and you’ll have sexy tech nerds throwing themselves at you… try it on a bus and you’ll probably get robbed. But that’s another story.
Anyway, check out some of the best examples in the image gallery.