31 March 2005
30 March 2005
Christopher Breen serves up some shuffle hacking fun as well as some good shuffle pointers on playlistmag.com. He details how he hacked his iPod shuffle cap to include a camera lens cap holder. Sad that is is black because it really ruins the aesthetic simplicity of the shuffle. It's still hecka cool! One thing I love about this site is how the hacks I see are almost like popcorn in the brain in the amount of other cool hacks they help me think up.
29 March 2005
[image: Wow...old! by Fant]
Shufflehacks reader Brian inquired:
I have a request, if you want to post it on your blog? To see if anyone can hack the Shuffle to play Lossless. Best audio codec + Best sounding ipod + Smallest carry = Shuffle.
To which I replied:
How many songs would the shuffle hold then? How big are lossless files? With only 512MB or 1GB i wonder how many you could hold?
To which he replied:
Figure 20-ish songs for the 512 and 40-ish for the 1. Lossless is big, but the best audio quality. It's a sacrifice I'm willing to make.
Then I it hit me... why should I worry about the "reason" someone want to do a particular hack? Hacks are often done simply because they can be!
So the challenge is on to figure out how to play Apple Lossless on the iPod shuffle for poor Brian. If you have any information about this please post it in the comments for this entry.
[photo by p.a.b.]
Thanks to all those who are linking to us across the globe!
a few examples.
28 March 2005
This shuffle art of with the little Katamari prince pushing the shuffle click wheel came from the Shuffle Art Archive (S.A.A.) which I was very delighted to stumble across early this morning. The site appears to be based in Japan however site uses multiple languages which is really cool. The S.A.A. has tons of images created specifically for printing and sticking on your iPod Shuffle. There is also an uploader that allows you to upload your own shuffle art for others to see and use. They also provide a template to aid in your shuffle art creation. There are sections for cases, illustrations, patterns, and much much more. Needless to say I was a bit humbled at all the work people have put into creating these images for the shuffle. Spend a few mintues on the site and you'll see what I mean. It makes this blog look like chopped liver. I think we should definitely contribute!
Below are a few examples that really caught my eye.
27 March 2005
Reader request: "not so much of a hack, but i am waiting for someone to make a belt buckle that lets the shuffle clip in."
So the challenge is on for you all you hasksters. Complete this hack, send it in and make someone happy!
Jaron Kenny hacked a shuffle into a big-ole fat EGM magazine to allow for some incognito work/school shuffling. Although I'm not quite sure of the practical usefulness of this hack I'm not one talk. I half-seriously considered hacking a Nintendo DS into a Bible to play in church. Check out his write up which includes pics and instructions. Perhaps he'll grace us with a version 2.0. How 'bout it Jaron?
26 March 2005
The folks over at TUAW are reporting that there is a DIY FM transmitter kit available. The MP3 Hi-Fi Stereo FM Transmitter. It says the circuit can be powered with any standard 9V DC / 50mA adapter. I wonder if a 9v battery would work. Any electrical geniuses out there know? The price is $39.95 with shipping of $7.45. There is also a Soldering Kit which includes a power supply for $34.20. Those prices seem a bit out of my price range to add it to my Shufflephones 2.0 The range is 100 feet which might explain the power consumption since it seems the iTrip would draw a whole lot less from the remote jack. I can see some definite hack potential here.
UPDATE: A faithful reader added: A 9v battery would work fine as it would easily be able to provide the current needed. Also, any regulated 9V mains adapter would power it fine.
Aaron Stovall was kind enough to send along this little ditty. Getting tired of having to reach around his G4 to plug in his shuffle (yes, we lead hard lives!) Aaron did what any self-respecting shufflehacks reader would do and hacked an Apple keyboard extension cable to work with the shuffle. Have your needle-nose pliers ready for after the jump. A penny saved from not having to buy a USB extension it a penny earned to spend on more Tendercrisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch sandwiches!
Originally uploaded by i.embrace.
I'm sure you're all aware of this but if not this cleaver flickr user found out you could plug the shuffle (with option turned on in iTunes to allow it to be used as a USB drive) into the Playstation 2 to take save pictures you take in Gran Turismo 4. I have done this and it appears the PS2 also charges the shuffle. If you play a lot of PS2 than plugging in the shuffle will make it into possibly the worlds most expensive AC adapter.
25 March 2005
PodShirt is selling these shirts with magnet thingies to hold the shuffle onto the shirt. I'm still not sure what to think of the shirt itself (I think it's kind of ugly). The magnet attachment thingie on the other hand is pretty cool. They say you can remove the magnet to wash it. I'm guessing you could use it on any other cloth-like thing.They say it's "patent pending" which is cool and all. After I saw their first "limited edition" shirt (which I thought had a bit better design) I experimented a bit and almost got mine to stick to my shirt with magnets. Of course I was using the magnets I ripped off some magnetic clips I bought from the dollar store but when hacking you use what you got. I need some stronger magnets to make it work perhaps some magnets like the kind I used to rip out of old speakers I would tear apart. Those things were cool! Remember when you'd put them by the TV and make is permenantly green on one corner? Those were the days. So anyways. I think they've figured out a cool attachment mechanism that I expect all you shufflehackers out there to start using! The shirts (which aren't limited edition so too bad for all you 1337 fashion types) will set you back $28.99 (ouch).
UPDATE: I actually RTFA and the thing uses a car cigarette lighter adapter for power *lame*. Not as cool as I thought at first.
Originally uploaded by Sparkes.
I suppose this isn't "technically" a shuffle hack but I thought I'd throw the Podphones v1.0 up here anyway since the author Sparkes was nice enough to send me a message about my Shufflephones 2.0 hack. It's an awesome thing to know you inspire such greatness!
When my first shufflephones hack got put up on gizmodo there was and update to the post that pointed to the shuffling hat by Ryan Smallegan, I think its rather clever. Reminds me of a slightly less incognito set up similar to the shuffling hat I put up on flickr a few months back.
Looking for a few extra shuffles to hack? Apple is having a contest in which they are giving away one iPod shuffle every week from now until Sep 30, 2005. You have to be a college student to enter and they try to get you to sign up for mailings but you don't have to. If your a college student definitely enter.
This hack got linked up on slashdot which was pretty exciting. Version 2.0 uses a pair of Sony headphones and includes an expansion jack. The site gives a detailed write up of how I did it. I love these even more than my precious 1.0's. Progress marches on. I am in the process of thinking up ways to perhaps make a product out of this. If anyone knows about this type of stuff please get ahold of me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I thought I should Add my own shufflehacks to the site. This is my first attempt at adding a shuffle inside headphones. The headphones were old skool and I like how they turned out. I couldn't stop there though...I went on to make 2.0.
Patrick Crutchley threw together this nifty shuffle hack to create your own shuffle clip out of a saxiphone reed holder and a little dab of superglue. Pretty spiffy! And conrats Partick (I mean "Positronic Artificial Technician Responsible for Infiltration and Ceaseless Killing") on being the first shuffle hack on my this new blog! Keep 'em coming!