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Printed from unveils Bluetooth 5G iPod with Video

updated 11:05 am EST, Fri February 22, 2008

Bluetooth 5G iPod video today announced the completion of a Bluetooth-enabled fifth generation iPod with video, allowing it to function with streaming Bluetooth audio devices. The hack requires the use of soldering, so enthusiast Fstedie recommends that users be comfortable taking such an action. He also recommends performing a Compact Flash modification or using a thicker backing, giving the user extra space inside the slender unit to pull off the hack.

The hack involves taking an external Bluetooth adaptor, such as one that connects through the headphone jack as with most Bluetooth headphone adapters. Once the board from the adaptor is installed, users are required to wire up the status light, power, and audio.

Fstedie uses a clear faceplate, the iVue, to allow the status indicator to flash through, but he notes that even the original faceplate can be modified to allow the light to function, without drilling.

by MacNN Staff



  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Thank god!

    I've often said the one thing that makes the iPod such a loser of a device (even worse than the Zune!) and why no one will ever buy one is the fact that it isn't thicker and have a built-in bluetooth transmitter. Those damn transmitters you put on top are just so stupid!

    But, really, is there a reason it is important to see the status light to require a new front or drilling a hole in your current one?

  1. mgpalma

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re thank God

    "no one will ever buy one"

    Good one!

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Same reason I like to...

    wear see-thru pants. I like to display all my "hardware" so there isn't any doubt that the goods are real and properly functioning. :)

    That aside, I think that mod is excellent. I'm not sure I'd be up to it, but I'd really like to try it.

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