Youtuber and Developer modifies 4th-gen iPod into Spotify streaming device
Credit: Guy Dupont

YouTuber and Developer Guy Dupont has converted his 17-year-old iPod (that he got from his mother-in-law), into a Spotify streaming device. In order to make it compatible to stream Spotify, he has added a built-in Wi-Fi to it, which is only available in iPod Touch (and the only model Apple released with Wi-Fi). Dupont has also added Bluetooth connectivity so that it can stream to a wireless speaker or headphones.

The iPod Dupont has used is a fourth-gen iPod Classic introduced back in 2004 by Apple with a really small display, a Click Wheel, with no wireless connections. But that hasn’t stopped him to modify it to bring it more or less up to date with the modern world. And as the saying is “Hard Work Pays off”, this modified version can now even access Spotify entirely and stream it to your wireless speaker or headphones.

As spotted by 9to5Mac, not much of the 4th-gen iPod has left in this new modified version. As Dupont has to replace almost every internal component while bringing this to life, only keeping the original case with a functioning clicky wheel which now has haptic feedback. Even so, the final result is still quite special and interesting to see.

So now if you curious how the final product really looks like? You can check a video of Dupont demonstrating the modified iPod running down below:

Guy Dupont has even given a cool name to his masterpiece “sPot,” which now has a full-color display and a bigger 1000mAh battery for the increased power draw. The lock switch, meanwhile, was modified to serve as a power switch. As many of you might have guessed, a Raspberry Pi is running the show here – to be exact it is a $10 Pi Zero W model, with a Micro-USB connector used to create and install a version of Spotify.

This full project cost Dupont less than $100 in total, but the developer has no intention of selling this masterpiece in any way. Instead, he’s actually shared the details about how he built his “sPot” on and also the source code of the software he created on GitHub.



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