iPod breakout dock

breakout dock

Since the time it was first featured on MAKE, Steve Chapman has continued to develop his iPod breakout dock. The dock provides all of the possible connections that could be made through the 30-pin connector. Of interest is the iPod’s serial interface. I had seen a break down of the control codes before, but Steve has taken the time to develop a serial application that he can use to test the different commands. Now that he knows a little more about the interface he’s started programming a microcontroller to use it.


  1. the dentist says:

    first post alright

    this is very interesting… hope to see more hacking projects soon utilizing this

  2. strider_mt2k says:

    Very nice work!

    Hack _everything_!

  3. nate mc says:

    Anyone know the resistor needed to get the 5G ipod into Record mode?

  4. carpespasm says:

    the site keeps crashing firefox 1.5 for me

  5. ez says:

    Same here, crashy.

  6. Steve says:

    I can’t figure it out. I eliminated anything that caused a console warning in Firefox. It could be the link formatting. Any help would be most appreciated.

  7. theotherme says:

    you guys need to turn off adblock tabs, it was happening to me for a couple weeks before i figured it out

  8. Rome says:

    It’d be nice if we could map it out and then make a device which allows us access to that LCD screen. Then make a portable outside device a small version of the gameboy micro and then play emulated games off of the 5G ipod.

  9. William says:

    whoa, great idea rome! that’d be sweet

    William G

  10. yoshi says:

    I don’t even have the adblock extension installed and it crashes Firefox 1.5, can’t load the page at all…

  11. stereo type says:

    Any suggestions on choosing the right port aside from the “(COM & LPT) window”?

  12. Mike says:

    is there a way i can use the video out feature to conect to a monitor while having the kenwood kca-ip500 connected to my 60 gig ipod video

  13. Chris Johnson says:

    HI All
    Where are people buying the 30 pin “clone” dock connectors in bulk from? I keep seeing people selling them in small numbers. They come in black and white colors. I am trying to locate the vendor to place a bulk order (200 – 500) from the maker of these.


    Thanks All,

  14. ipod_user says:

    Mitch at http://www.rush2112.net has made some excellent progress in this area not only does he sell cables (ipod to PC via RS232) but he wrote the ipod explorer application. See demo here http://www.ncrypt.net/touchscreen/cqc/ipod/ipod-control-demo.html

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