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How to Pimp out Your iPod

Make your iPod do so much more than carry tunes.


  • Step 1: Get a cool case Get a cool case. Not only will it look good, but it will protect your iPod. A simple sleeve will prevent scratches, but investing in a hard case will protect the iPod from serious damage if it's dropped or stepped on.
  • TIP: Don't waste money on name brands when you're accessorizing your iPod; you can save a lot of money without sacrificing much quality by buying from lesser-known manufacturers.
  • Step 2: Add some bling Want your iPod to stand out in a crowd? With tweezers and a steady hand, glue some crystals or sparkling stones in a pattern on the surface. Avoid the buttons and screen.
  • TIP: For a slim, stylish look, apply an iPod "skin," or vinyl covering, which offers some protection and can be printed with a design.
  • Step 3: Download iGadget Turn your iPod into an organizer by downloading an inexpensive enhancement program, such as iGadget from the company iPodSoft. With it, your iPod can view driving directions, text files, and weather reports. It also lets you transfer songs from your iPod to your computer, and view data from Outlook Express like contacts, appointments, and emails.
  • Step 4: Upgrade your headphones Upgrade your headphones. Just because the original earbuds match your iPod doesn't mean they're the best. If you shop around online, or at any large electronics store, you'll find headphones that sound amazing and match your iPod.
  • Step 5: Buy an iPod dock Buy an iPod dock so you can listen to your iPod at home without your headphones. Just place your iPod in the dock's slot and turn it on. From there, you can control the iPod as usual, but the sound comes through the speakers. Bonus -- most docks will charge your iPod while it's docked.
  • Step 6: Enhance your battery Invest in a battery pack that will extend the life of your iPod battery by at least 10 hours.
  • Step 7: Get an AV cable If your iPod supports the "TV out" function, buy an AV cable (available from Apple or an electronics store) that will enable it to play videos on your TV.
  • FACT: A German audio electronics company offers 18-karat-gold iPods, earphones, docks, and remote controls.

You Will Need

  • An iPod
  • An iPod case
  • Crystals and stones
  • Tweezers
  • Glue
  • iGadget
  • New headphones
  • An iPod dock
  • A battery pack
  • An AV cable
  • iPod skins

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