http://www.ipodhacks.com and http://www.ipodlounge.com have lots of software to do things like put news, weather and text files on your ipod. I haven't seen anything like hacking or replacing the ipod's OS yet though, perhaps to display pictures or videos or play games.
Real easy to open - board, battery, display and HDD inside.
To open: Model 2 there are no clips on the top(by the switch and headphone jack) one small clip on either side of the data port on the bottom and 5 big clips on each side.
I grew my thumbnails for a month to help :) - gently pry and insert some thin plastic strips to keep the space while you move on to another area - take your time and it opens right up, just be patient, gentle and persistent :)
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