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September 3, 2008 6:32 PM   Subscribe

iPod Accessory to fix or bypass a broken headphone jack?

The headphone jack on my ipod video is bent on the inside. i have tried to bend it back. i will eventually, try and replace it with the guts of a friend's ipod who's HD gave up the ghost.

In the meantime, before i crack into this little dude and perform some surgery, is there any ipod accessory out there that will plug into the bottom connector, and add the functionality of a headphone jack? I know it's possible, and i'd even be willing to solder something together if i could figure out what and where to. I would rather not perform surgery on this guy if i can avoid it, even if i hack together a crappy diy solution, any solution other than cracking the cases, or taking it to a repair center.

posted by furnace.heart to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Best answer: I know someone who uses one of these for just that purpose and likes it.
posted by doift at 6:42 PM on September 3, 2008

Best answer: This looks to be exactly what you're after, though out of stock.
This could probably be pressed into service with a couple of connectors.
posted by pompomtom at 6:45 PM on September 3, 2008

Response by poster: record timing. brilliant, thank you so much!
posted by furnace.heart at 6:46 PM on September 3, 2008

As of like, today, Mission Repair will fix it for fifty bucks. I know you want an accessory, but fifty dollars isn't bad. Not including shipping...
posted by zazerr at 6:51 PM on September 3, 2008

Just a note, those iPod radio remotes are not very rugged. A coworker and I both bought one and both of them broke after a couple of months of being in our pockets and bending when we moved around. They're pretty good, but not too strong.
posted by Science! at 7:12 PM on September 3, 2008

You can use a dock connector to get sound.

Like This:

Although, really, it's really not that hard to replace, especially if you know how to open up an iPod. Here's the part for 10 bucks:


And here's a youtube video about how to open up an ipod:

posted by No New Diamonds Please at 7:48 PM on September 3, 2008

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