iPod Retro Radio

How to make a vintage radio iPod - that works!

by Craftbits (Shellie Wilson)

What you need

iPod Mini
Vintage Radio


Step one:

Find your radio. It might be helpful to bring your ipod with you, for sizing purposes. I got mine at a thrift store, but they can easily be found at swap meets and yard sales. This step is the most fun! keep your eyes out for other cool craft projects while you’re there.

Step two:

Take it apart. My radio was held together with four phillips-head screws. After removing them, the case was conveniently held together by plastic tabs that were already built in. This made my life much easier, but it isn’t necessary–If your radio is held together only by screws, you’ll have to find a way of securing it. Small hinges and hooks can be found at any hardware store.

Step three:

Gut it. I’d originally planned on hooking the ipod directly into the speaker, but had overestimated the depth of the case–the ipod wouldn’t fit with the speaker left intact. If your radio does fit, wiring the ipod to a speaker is fairly simple. If you’re comfortable stripping wires you can probably figure out how to cut up an old pair of headphones and make a speaker connection. If not, it’s probably best you don’t try. Find a geek.

Step four:

Remove any extra stuff. My radio had a piece of plastic that blocked the ipod. I used needle nose pliers to snap it out. Once you have enough room for the ipod:

Step five:

Foam it up. The foam I used was left over from an air conditioner install. It has adhesive on one side, and is perfect for the job. You can probably find it at Home Depot. Any soft foam will work, though–break out the glue gun. The foam’s job is to keep the iPod steady–we don’t want it bouncing around. If your foam is too thick, scissors do a pretty good job of cutting it down to size.

Step six:

Route the cables. If you want to go crazy here, you could try to hook the radio’s headphone jack up to the ipod’s own jack. This is pretty simple if you can use a soldering gun. If not, skip it. I didn’t bother, because I wanted to use the ipod’s remote. I ran the remote into the battery compartment, where it fits perfectly. When I listen to the ipod using the case, my headphones plug into the jack on the remote.

Step seven:

Go show off. Ride the subway, letting others know how hip you are, rocking the 80s radio. special bonus: you probably won’t get mugged

This Project was Designed and Created by Taylor Finley “Taylor Finley is a recent film school dropout in Hollywood, California. He’s currently employed there as a writer’s assistant.” and might I add he is very creative and we love this iPod Project.

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