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Retro Refit: Turn an iPod into a Spotify Player


YES! A dedicated Spotify Player, built out of the guts of a retro iPod that you can do you yourself… does this need anymore explanation? Well if it does then keep reading. If like me you find the nostalgia of retro tech a drug then this is the project for you.

Guy Dupont, the hero of this story, has created something quite beautiful. He has upcycled a fifteen year old iPod, using a few hardware upgrades, including a neat little piece of Raspberry Pi, into the coolest pocket player around. Take a look at his video here:

Mitchell Clark at The Verge explores the topic further;

This DIY project turns an iPod into a click wheel-powered Spotify player

Classic iPods have their fans, but they’re not built for the modern age of music streaming — except for this one, which has been turned into a Spotify player by tinkerer Guy Dupont. While it may look like an iPod from the outside, inside, it’s got a Raspberry Pi loaded with software custom-built by Dupont to interface with Spotify, while still keeping the classic iPod style. He calls it the sPot.

Spotify Player
We don’t need an iTunes library where we’re going. GIF by Guy Dupont

In a video showing off the project and the process behind it, Dupont says he was inspired when his mother-in-law gifted him the old iPod. In a Hackaday post, he says he “had forgotten how good it feels to hold and use one of these things,” but he wanted to update it with some modern features, including (obviously) Spotify streaming, Bluetooth audio, and search. That’s right, the device can search the entirety of Spotify’s library and stream it.

Read the full article at: The Verge

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