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By Jeremy Horwitz

Editor-in-Chief, iLounge
Published: Wednesday, December 8, 2004
News Categories: Hacks | Mods

Our friends at Engadget have posted an impressive, nicely illustrated tutorial on changing an iPod’s graphics to include custom visuals of your choice. The hack requires a program called iPod Wizard, which is explained in greater detail at the tutorial link.

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1

Man I have brand new iPod 4G comming the day after X-mass. I can’t wait to try this out!!!

Posted by BearJaw in Easthampton Mass. on December 8, 2004 at 6:16 PM (PDT)

2

kick ###!!!!!

Posted by armless on December 8, 2004 at 6:23 PM (PDT)

3

I would wait just abit more to see if everyone starts having alot of problems with it…

Posted by Elixir on December 8, 2004 at 6:49 PM (PDT)

4

my iPod is Mac formatted ... if I reformatted it for a PC, did this, then reformatted it back to Mac OS, would the changes hold, or would the Mac iPod updater reset it.

Posted by Lawrence Mikkelsen in New Zealand on December 8, 2004 at 6:49 PM (PDT)

5

it says that this would most certainly void your warranty, but how would apple know you did this if you just reinstalled the firmware and reset everything?

Posted by alihn on December 8, 2004 at 7:05 PM (PDT)

6

I’m pretty sure lawrence that reformatting the iPod back to mac will delete all those settings and return to factory

Posted by MATRIXsjd in Burbank, Ca on December 8, 2004 at 7:49 PM (PDT)

7

If you format for PC and then use the app, it will work with your Mac and PC. But if you format again for Mac, you will lose everything and it will only be usable from your Mac.

I’m trying to see if the edited file that iPodWizard creates could be then used on the Mac… currently looking into it smile

Posted by kainjow on December 8, 2004 at 7:52 PM (PDT)

8

kainjow - it would be great if a port over to mac became available smile

Posted by yinyang on December 8, 2004 at 10:56 PM (PDT)

9

Well if you can gain access to a PC and run the program, and then extract the new firmware file from the iPod Updater.exe file, you can then copy that into the iPod Updater.app file on your Mac (/Contents/Resources/Updates), rename appropriately, and run the iPod Updater. I haven’t tested this, but it should work since the original firmware files are exactly the same on the Mac and PC in the iPod Updater programs.

BTW - Mac version is in the works :D

Posted by kainjow on December 8, 2004 at 11:01 PM (PDT)

10

just used it.
i changed all the apple logos to another logo, but the only one it ended up changing that i could see was the one at the top of the legal notice.
i’m going to play around a bit more.

Posted by Harrison in Melbourne, Australia on December 9, 2004 at 1:59 AM (PDT)

11

This is awesome, and really simple.  Big props to IpodWizard for doing this, and to engadget for the tutorial.

Here’s my hack
http://ipodstudio.com/forums/showthread.php?p=7152#post7152

Posted by thabenksta on December 9, 2004 at 1:33 PM (PDT)

12

Too cool! Mac users can use PC format iPods, and the app to do this should run OK in Virtual PC.

But I think to be safe I’ll wait until my warranty is up! By then a Mac-native tool should be out, and the side-effects of this should be discovered.

How long before someone makes their iPod look like a Star Trek tricorder? Colors on black would be neat for a change.

Posted by Nagromme on December 9, 2004 at 3:41 PM (PDT)

13

some one with an ipod photo should use the ipod lounge logo. that would be sick.too bad i dont have an ipod photo

Posted by todd2fst4u in San Jose, CA USA on December 9, 2004 at 4:09 PM (PDT)

14

Umm, is it possible to get this for mac? Now that it’s possible, it shouldn’t be hard… right?

Posted by Impulse29 in Kemptville, Canada on December 9, 2004 at 5:13 PM (PDT)

15

When Microsoft takes over… wink
http://ww.no3rdw.com/winPod/winPod.jpg
http://ww.no3rdw.com/winPod/winPod_image.bmp

Posted by Paul.n3w on December 9, 2004 at 5:44 PM (PDT)

16

I’m sure a Mac version will be coming along… Apple gives every Mac user developer tools for free smile

Posted by Nagromme on December 10, 2004 at 10:59 AM (PDT)

17

Does anyone have the ‘Load’ button grayed out on their Ipodwizard?  I’ve tried opening all three firmwares that I have and they are all grayed out.  Suggestions?

Posted by llcooljayce in Calgary on December 11, 2004 at 10:12 PM (PDT)

18

this is an awesome project and i suggest all of you check it out over at ipodhacks.com where all the breaking news etc. is going down. if anyone needs the program i have it hosted at http://ipodwizard.cjb.net and have an email set up .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) that is open for any graphics, fonts, ideas that want to be hosted. keep up the great work!

Posted by sl1kk on December 19, 2004 at 1:03 PM (PDT)

19

I’ve tried searching the forums for an answer to this question but it keeps returning an error.  Is the Macintosh port for iPod Wizard still under development?  If so what is the status?

Posted by MRonin in California on January 12, 2005 at 4:43 PM (PDT)

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