Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Modding a Boombox for the iPad/iPhone/iPod
I enjoy playing my music collection using the remote speaker feature of iTunes from both my Mac and my Apple TV (Used in the RV when camping) using Apples Airport Express. But I got tired of dragging around my Airport Express, patch cables, the boom-box and both power cords. So I decided to integrate them all together. I took apart the old boom-box, cut out the back of the battery compartment, and integrated both an iPod charging cube and the Airport Express. I fixed the ac adapter back inside the cut out hole, so that I can unplug the AE simply by pulling it out, so its not permanent. My son suggested I also add a dock. Using one from my 1st gen iPhone, I broke out the Dremel tool and made a drastic mod, chopping off the side and front lips, the the connector sits above the surface more or less. I have breathed new life into that old boom-box as it is now a cross functional music playing machine, supporting the original iPod, iPod Touch, iPhones (all of 'em) and the iPad. And now with the iPad, its a table top movie theater too!