Internal bluetooth for 5th gen iPods

[Ed] sent in his latest iPod modding effort. Previously he did this on a 4th gen, and now he’s following that up with a 5th gen version. He found an even smaller bluetooth module for the mod, but it requires replacing the hard drive with a compact flash card to make room inside the case if you want to keep the original back cover.


  1. jim says:

    the bandwidth on bluetooth is really low, meaning sound quality suffers. so although it’s a useful hack, the benefits come with drawbacks.

  2. Ed Hernandez says:

    true, Bluetooth stereo is not hi-fi audio but works great for the gym and anywhere else you don’t want to get tangled up in wires.

  3. Josh says:

    cool. if only i didn’t dislike ipods. i could see getting a used ipod for the bluetoothing and having it as file storage.

  4. Has anyone taken apart one of these stereo-to-bluetooth adapters before? I am hoping to make a dongle for my Pacemaker ( when it comes in the mail, but the PCB in this guide still looks too big. Any suggestions?

  5. m says:

    he should have used this bluetooth adaptor:

  6. Dane says:

    regarding the bluetoothing as a file storage comment. yeah, that wouldnt work. this is adding bluetooth for headphones, not a serial data to bluetooth converter. im curious if you could actually do decent data trasfers using the onboard serial over bluetooth using ipod linux.

  7. jproach says:

    m: that adapter is impressive but you’d need to run linux and figure out how to get USB host capability working.

    Also I have no idea what kind of processing power encoding would take.

  8. Bitz says:

    Has anyone looked at adding SD capability as opposed to the CF? Or even a mini SD raid type setup? I know you can get CF to SD or Pro Duo adapters too, there is even a pro duo to dual SD for PSP, could that be used?

  9. Eliseo says:

    Nice Stuff… Keep It Up.

  10. nice! [IMG][/IMG]

  11. Dolly Cottew says:

    I saw your site bookmarked on Reddit. I love your blog and articles. Keep up the great work.

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