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Sep 24 2006

Black iPod Nano Dock

511-white-ipod-nano-dock.jpgOn the left is the standard white Apple iPod Nano (2G) dock that can be purchased as an accessory from Apple. The Nano itself, only comes with a dock connector to USB 2.0 cable forcing your iPod to lay down like a second-rate piece of hardware while it syncs and recharges. To me the beautiful black Nano sitting in the white dock just doesn't look right. I figured, no problem, I'll just hop on the internet and order a black iPod Nano dock...wrong. I searched and searched and found nothing. At least, nothing that was simple, elegant and would fit my second generation Nano. So, I figured, it was do-it-myself time.

514-painting-ipod-nano-dock.jpgI picked up a dock from the "local" Apple store in Oklahoma City while I was there this weekend. Bought some glossy black spray paint specially made for applying to plastics and created my own black iPod Nano dock. And, if I may say so myself...it looks AWESOME!!!

513-black-ipod-nano-dock.jpgRemoving the cover from the dock was fairly simple. It's on pretty tight, but a little work with a knife wedged underneath between the innards and the cover and I was able to release the small tabs that keep it in place. The only thing I might do different if I did it over was not paint it in a dusty garage with a two-year old running around "helping" me. There are some dust particles that got stuck in the wet paint. 512-black-ipod-nano-dock.jpgNothing noticeable while the dock is just sitting on my desk, but if you pick it up and examine it in good light, you can see a few specks in the paint. After it dried, I just shoved the two parts back together and it works perfect. The thin layer of black paint does not seem to interfere in any way with docking and undocking the Nano.

I've posted pictures of the process on Flickr.

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  1. #1
    Jeff said on October 5, 2006 | Reply

    Don, I just saw this black iPod Nano dock online. See this link:

    It lists for $14.99, but you can get it cheaper (not that you need it now after doing a fine job on your own)...
    iPod NanDocker for $7
    Once again, the NanDocker Black iPod Docking Cradle costs $6.99 plus $2.85 for shipping at HandHeldItems.com when applying coupon code "nandock". Deal ends October 30.

  2. #2
    Jeff said on October 5, 2006 | Reply

    Now that I look again at the link I sent you for a black dock, it fits the 1G Nano and might not fit the 2G Nano.

  3. #3
    Don said on October 5, 2006 | Reply

    Yep, that was the problem I found when I went searching...nothing for the 2nd generation Nano. The accessories are just now trickling out.

  4. #4
    Rasmus said on September 18, 2007 | Reply

    Hey Don!

    What about your USB-cable? Have you also painted that? Or is it possible to buy a USB-cable for the iPod nano 2G?

    Thank you in anticipation!

    /Rasmus - Denmark

  5. Rasmus,

    The USB cable remains white, but it is mostly hidden behind the dock out of sight. You can see a speck of it peaking out in the larger picture above.

    It is possible to buy a USB cable, but I haven't seen a black one, although there might be one out there...haven't looked.

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