Cory Holt’s Weblog features a brief article on how to charge your iPod using an Xbox.
The article gives a little background on how the author came to discover this functionality:
Back when the original Xbox was in itâ€™s prime, the geek crowd was fascinated with the fact that you could make your Xbox do so much more than just play games and CDs. After a bit of poking around, a company developed the first mod chip. This chip unlocked the Xboxâ€™s full potential. Although this was pretty easy and fun to do, it costed around $100 to purchase this chip. Also, if you didn’t know how to solder, you could easily mess up your Xbox permanently. Then someone figured out that you could flash your Xbox BIOS (update firmware or OS). With the right code and the right apps/tools, you could use a flash drive to act as a memory card to transfer files to the Xbox. Using this same USB adapter (no longer sold), you can charge your iPod.
He continues with some tips for disconnecting the iPod after it’s charged, but essentially you just plug it in and off you go. Even though the original USB adapter is no longer sold, Cory provides links so you can either purchase or build a similar adapter.
The only question he doesn’t answer is why you would want to do this. (A: Because you can?)
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