iPod Hack Puts 50 Million Spotify Songs in Your Pocket
When the iPod music player came on the market in 2001, Apple’s motto was “1,000 songs in your pocket”.
Skip 20 years and a brilliant piece of work from Massachusetts-based Guy Dupont has 50 million songs in your pocket that can be streamed on Spotify.
The project began when Dupont got his hands on a 17-year-old iPod after receiving it from a relative who is believed to have had a Marie Kondo moment. In a YouTube video discovered by Gizmodo, the talented tech hobbyist explains how he gave Apple’s music player the courage to replace it with more modern components that allow it to integrate Spotify.
The new parts include a $ 10 WiFi and Bluetooth-enabled Raspberry Pi Zero W computer, $ 40 display, and $ 7 battery.
The device works much like the original iPod. Use the click wheel to quickly select a song. Only now can you choose one from the extensive Spotify library. Another difference is that instead of the tiny audible clicks you heard on the bike earlier, adding a haptic motor means the device will now vibrate.
Part of the video (above) shows how Dupont carefully assembles the device. He also talks about the three pieces of software that helped make his creation work – two of which he wrote himself – and thanks the author of a 10 year old blog post that contained some important information that made him feel comfortable enabled these to be obtained from the click wheel to work, a breakthrough that was critical to the success of the task. “This project wouldn’t have been so interesting if I hadn’t got the original click wheel working,” says Dupont in the video.
In a Hackaday article that explains the building process in greater detail, Dupont says, “I had forgotten how good it felt to hold and use one of these things. Of course I decided to change one. I wanted to bring some modern features (streaming, search, bluetooth audio, etc.) while paying homage to the amazing user experience Apple originally released almost 20 years ago. “
Dupont concludes by stating that while his video appears like an ad for Spotify, the best way to support artists is to buy their music rather than stream it, and buy their goods too.