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Customized iPod auto install

Ryan sent us info about his new website with photos of a shiny, slick, customized docking station being built for his SUV - complete with a backlit Apple logo. “My friend, who is a auto audio installer made this for my Ford Explorer. I am building the site, but am just now learning, so the site sucks but we just wanted the photos up a.s.a.p”

iPod Remote Mod for Motorcycle

Fred Harmon has modified his iPod Remote and integrated it with the audio system on his Honda Gold Wing motorcycle. He’s posted a photo gallery of his step-by-step mod.

Integrating the iPod dock into your car

iLounger Brett has informed us that he has installed his Pod dock into his car. he installed the dock using “2 layers of 1.5oz fiberglass mat, with the basic, fleece+resin as the exterior molding.”

Give your iPod that brushed steel look

iLounger Adam Podnar has done the unthinkable to his iPod… he has taken a household scouring sponge (pad) and rubbed the polished metal of his iPod until it became ‘brushed steel.’ Why did he do this? “So, you don’t like the sweaty hand on the back of an expensive MP3 player look? I don’t either. Brush the back of the iPod to make it look better I hear you say? Indeed.”

MacFormat suggests volume hack for EU iPods

In the letters page of the October issue of MacFormat magazine, a reader complained about the European Volume issue with his new iPod. He stated a friend brought a new iPod back from Japan, and the difference in volume between the European and Japanese versions was quite noticeable. Macformat replied - “Apple hasn’t said officially whether the European iPods come with a nobbled volume. However, this website says they do: and reckons it’s found the answer. Plug in your iPod and follow the instructions at www.bsodmike.com/ipodnocap.html.”

“How to make your iPod screen red!”

pic Max Feinstein has turned his 3G iPod’s LCD display into a red display. Max disassembled his iPod and placed a 40 cent piece of red transparency on top of the LCD unit - making his screen red. Note: Opening your iPod will void your warranty.

“Since my little operation, I have had no problems operating the iPod. The backlight is really sweet looking now (the blue and red colors don’t blend - it’s just red). My hold button is just fine.. the music plays correctly… I can still transfer songs to the iPod… it’s all good! Best of all, there aren’t ANY scratches on my iPod from opening it.”

TechTV: Share the music on your iPod across a network

This week on The Screen Savers you can learn how to share the music on your iPod across a network. Show times are Tuesday 7/8 at 7 p.m. and Wednesday 7/9 at 8 a.m., 12 p.m. Eastern.

VW Audio Interface Adapter

For folks hooking up their iPod to a Volkswagen car, Ed’s Electronics Garage has put together a homebrewed microcontroller that “fools the stock head unit into thinking a VW CD Changer is connected, allowing you to listen to your audio device through your vehicle’s built-in speakers when you select “CD” at the head unit.” The VWCDPIC Audio Interface Adapter is $34.00 plus shipping.

“Allows you to use most audio devices (such as MP3 players) with your stock head unit in 1998+ Volkswagen automobiles.”

iTrip Hacked

iPoding has posted information and photos after having hacked Griffin’s iTrip FM transmitter to work with docking iPods.

“First we tried just hardwiring iTrip to the Docking iPod’s remote.  This was problematic due to the way grounding is done in the current iTrip and suggests, at least, a minor change (since iTrip works great with Classic iPods) in how the Docking iPods deal with the remote.  To solve the problem we powered iTrip independently using a couple of AA cells.”

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