An Epic Quest to Put Extra Track on an iPod Nano 3G

Whilst many would argue that the unique iPod is probably the most iconic access within the lengthy and numerous line of virtual audio gamers that Apple launched through the years, there should for sure be some attention for the 3rd technology (3G) iPod Nano. It’s a tool that was once forward of its time in some ways, and continues to be completely usable these days, despite the fact that [Tucker Osman] does suppose it might stand to have its most flash garage doubled to 16 GB.

Now, we’d love to inform you that he’s already succeeded on this activity. Finally, in idea, it must be lovely simple: simply take away the 8 GB flash chip and exchange it with a pin-compatible 16 GB model. However after all, that is Apple we’re speaking about. Not anything is ever fairly that simple, and it kind of feels that at each and every flip each the {hardware} and instrument within the thirteen-year-old iPod are preventing the alternate.

(*1*)It took a number of makes an attempt ahead of the unique flash chip may well be swapped out, however sooner or later [Tucker] and his buddy [Wesley] were given one to live on the operation. Sadly, all they needed to display for his or her effort was once an unhelpful error display screen.

From right here on out the belief was once that they have been coping with a instrument downside. Thankfully the Rockbox bootloader had up to now been ported to the 3G Nano, which helped get the ball rolling. Your next step could be to patch the Nano’s firmware to simply accept the ID of the brand new flash chip, however after a 12 months of labor, it’s grew to become out to be a bit(*16*) extra difficult than that.

[Tucker] hasn’t given up but, and is actively on the lookout for any individual who’d love to assist out along with his quest. (*3*)He’s shared some data with a couple of compatible folks on iandroid.eu.io, and he’s additionally began a (*8*)Discord server devoted to Nano hacking. At this level, it feels like he’s very on the subject of in reality studying knowledge from the 16 GB chip, however there’s nonetheless a protracted approach to move ahead of the Nano’s firmware will in reality play tune from it.

Regardless of the general public now the use of their smartphones to play tune in this day and age, we nonetheless see a large number of hobby in upgrading and modernizing the iPod. From changing their authentic exhausting drives with micro SD playing cards to putting in a Raspberry Pi 0 instead of the unique electronics, hackers are nonetheless infatuated with Apple’s mythical media participant.

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