What can I do with an old iPod?

T3 - - Horizon - Oliv­erW es­t­brook, Glas­gow

If you want to make mu­sic, a MIDI key­board is the only thing you need to start your com­puter belch­ing out sounds

AIt’s so tempt­ing to bin things (or throw them in a dan­ger­ous pile, ahem) when some­thing pret­tier comes along. It is par­tic­u­larly tempt­ing when the man­u­fac­turer en­sures they’re al­most untinker­able, and Ap­ple has done the Ap­ple thing with its old touch-wheel iPods.

GaGu says ‘al­most’, be­cause at least one team has bur­rowed in deep enough to of­fer up new soft­ware. Rock­box ( rock­box.org) adds a whole bunch of fea­tures, sup­port for more au­dio codecs, more gran­u­lar vol­ume con­trol and more. It sup­ports most mod­els of older iPod, and a host more de­vices too. It’ll even make your iPod run Doom. Of course it will.

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