Sometimes things get old, that’s just the way life is. So you get a newer version of it. But then the question becomes, “what to do with the old one?” Well in the case of iPod’s, you re-purpose them…*puts on sunglasses*…with a new purpose.
While iPods have been recognized as the premier music listening device of the current generation, its uses go far beyond that.
These things are crazy useful. It has way more capabilities than storing and listening to music. They are a super-slim, substantial storage device that can go into anything with a USB port. It also has a headphone jack and a tiny, convenient screen. Even the older generations will have its uses, though some things on this list may not work for them.
Make it a Flash Card Player
For those students cramming before a test or an employee getting ready for a big presentation, flash cards are a helpful device to aid in memorizing information. But not everyone has time to make these by hand and there is always the threat of losing that one card that somehow ends up being the most important. Your iPod can be a much more convenient way to carry your memory-boosting flash cards around. Mac OSX Hints has a thorough guide to transforming Keynote slides into iPod-ready picture slides, but any slide presentation maker that can export slides to picture files can create a folder that you simply sync up to your iPod. For straight-up words and definitions, this is a handy tool.
All you need for this handy-dandy trick are speakers. Your music is still on your iPod, just put it on shuffle and let the music play whenever. It will be convenient too because you won’t have to go get it or remember where you left it if you want music. You can also make playlists and have music ready for any occasion. No need to switch or shift through cds. This is a cheap, effective solution to those who need some music in the home.
Portable Reference Machine (For Those Without a Smartphone)
Next time you are casually chatting with someone and an unexpected argument ensues about what the last movie Johnny Depp was in that wasn’t directed by Tim Burton (It was an uncredited role on 21 Jump Street, the 2012 remake), be sure to have your trusty iPod on you. The fully fledged encyclopedia project can put the majority of Wikipedia’s useful articles on your iPod without messing up its main functions. iPod Bartender puts just what you think it might into your player, and those who don’t like printing or lugging a laptop into their kitchen just for recipe reference should take a look at PodGourmet.
New Back-up/External Drive
By using an iPod’s “Disk Mode” basically changes your old iPod into a USB drive. After disk defragging (to increase its speed by managing the clutter), you can reboot it using a Windows or a Mac and get to work on using it to save important things from your computer. Use it with most any Windows backup program that lets you choose a save location, automatically back up your Mac home folder with iPodBackup, and generally stash away anything you want on one of the most space-optimized drives around.
Why fill up valuable GB’s on your new iPod or iPhone when you can have one device dedicated to games? Apple’s iTunes store offers up games for both older video iPods and the newer iPod touch models, but if you’re just looking for a little airport time-killing, why pay for your games, or feel forced into an upgrade? Install iPod Linux on nearly any iPod, and you’ll be able to play games on your iPod for free.
Personal Video Viewing Device
Same deal with making it into a game system, but instead load it up with your favorite movies and tv shows. Great for waiting at the airport, doctors office, on the metro/subway, etc. If you have a newer iPod/iPhone, I recommend downloading “OPlayer”. It costs $2.99 but you can transfer any video without the hassle of converting the file into one that can be read by iTunes. There is also an “OPlayer Lite” which is free, but it has a banner ad at the top of the screen the whole time. Got annoying to me so I just paid the money to get it removed.
Instead of throwing out or letting that old Apple device go to waste, take a second to think of the other possibilities that it provide. It is an amazing piece of technology that can not only play music, but act as a thumb drive, video player, encyclopedia. Anything is possible. Don’t box yourself in. If you know any other uses for your old music device, please comment and let me know!