clockThe last few weeks have been busy ones for both Apple and iPod touch Fans alike. Hack the iPod touch is going back in time to recap on what you may have missed.

The New Guy:

overview-heroNot too long after Apple introduced the iPod shuffle in a new 2GB capacity, they’ve now rolled out an entirely new 3rd-generation (3G) iPod shuffle. A sigh of disappointment would be expected from those who just got their hands on the 2GB previous generation Shuffle, but all-sudden-done it is positive news. It shows that Apple has not forgotten about the iPod shuffle line, and that they are moving forward with it.

It’s been a constant trend with Apple to bring along a larger capacity iPod. Yet, at the same time, Apple manages to please us with a smaller, lighter iPod. The 3G iPod shuffle is no different, available in 4GB despite the fact that it measures in at half the size of the previous generation. We can also confirm that the iPod weighs in at a mere 3.8 ounces. That’s a significant decrease from the previous weigh-in of 5.5 ounces.

The new iPod shuffle features a stainless steel clip so that you can use your iPod on-the-go. Just clip on this sturdy metal clip to your backpack, jeans – anything. It also comes with a new feature named “VoiceOver” which tells you a song name or artist without having to check yourself. It uses the generic voice built in to Mac OS X Leopard, or a custom voice if you are using a PC or Mac OS X Tiger.

Good things come in small packages. And you can get yours today for $79 US. Available in colors silver and black.

iTunes 8.1:

itunes-icon1New iPod, new iTunes. With the release of the 3rd-generation iPod shuffle, it was only expected that an iTunes update would follow. Apple updated iTunes to version 8.1 to, go figure, include support for syncing with the new iPod shuffle. But wait, there’s more: (doesn’t this sound like one of those ridiculous TV advertisements):

  • Allows friends to request songs for iTunes DJ
  • Adds Genius sidebar for your Movies and TV Shows
  • Improves performance when downloading iTunes Plus songs
  • Provides AutoFill for manually managed iPods
  • Allows CDs to be imported at the same sound quality as iTunes Plus
  • Many accessibility improvements
  • Allows iTunes U and the iTunes Store to be disabled separately using Parental Controls

You can update to iTunes 8.1 through the software update option in iTunes. Your library and other files that you have stored in iTunes will remain in-tact. You must be running Windows XP/Vista/7 or Mac OS X Tiger (or higher) in order to run iTunes 8.1.

iPod touch – Untethered:

ipod_touch_2g_1For many months, both the iPhone Dev and Chronic Dev teams have been hard at work towards bringing us a jailbreak. Credit is deserving to those who put their hard work into this jailbreak – which will be enjoyed by many. MuscleNerd is not mentioned under credits, although he played a major role in this development and was a great help.

Codenamed as redsn0w,  iPhone Dev managed to release a tethered (requires your computer) jailbreak for the iPod touch community. The team did not offer any support for this method, as it was labeled use at your own risk. Merely a few weeks later, MuscleNerd announced a semi-tethered jailbreak for the community. Once again, use at your own risk.

Not too long after, Chronic and iPhone Dev reached their goals: an untethered jailbreak (0×24000 Segment Overflow). A company called NitroKey had previously been trying to make profits off this, but the untethered jailbreak makes NitroKey obselete. In fact, there are many tools and guides available for the untethered jailbreak. And they don’t cost a penny.

iPhone 3.0:

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Mark your calendars: on March 17th, Apple will be demonstrating a live preview of iPhone OS 3.0. Let’s emphasize that: a preview. This does not signify a release of any sort, so sit back and relax. The release could come in a few weeks or even a year from now. It’s possible that we’ll be able to fill in those blanks come March 17th – it’s too early to tell.

Firmware 2.0 was released on July 11th, 2008 alongside the 3G iPhone. Firmware 2.0′s price tag was $9.99, leading us to speculate whether or not iPhone or iPod touch users will have to pay once again to update to Firmware 3.0. What do you think?

Cydia Store

icon192Most people have taken this in a negative way when it could be a success. A second chance for developers. An alternative for developers to turn to. No strict approval rules.  Meet the Cydia Store. Cydia now offers the ability to purchase applications rather than download them for free. This may seem harsh, but most applications that are free will remain free.

This opens the door for a greater selection of third-party applications. Cydia will still have a great selection of free applications with the added bonus of premium paid applications alongside them. The average user may take it in a negative way, but it’s positive for developers.

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12 Comments on “Wrapping It Up”

  1. Erik (sprint_user) says:

    Nice article kiks, this past week has been very confusing!

  2. Al Pal says:

    you guys really need to update the site more, i am pretty much done here… Im going to ipodtouchfans.com from now on

  3. Owned674 says:

    Woot, good stuff is happening!

  4. FordGT says:

    Thank you for putting this summary together. I haven’t really had enough time to process all of the updates that were happening round the clock lately but this helps me understand things better!

  5. Mark (Ipwnnubletz says:

    Naice. Will help the nubletz a lot.

  6. Dette says:

    Nice, good read.
    I am most excited about iPhone 3.0 :D

  7. Kyle says:

    The cydia app comes on the itouch 2g jailbrake and works really well but it’s pretty cool that apple let them become semi official.

  8. Winston McFunk says:

    yeah, isn’t that cool guys. APPLE let cydia become semi official. thats why you have to go through the process of hacking your iPod to get cydia, a program that apple ‘allows’

  9. sam says:

    @Winston

    Very true, apple is against jailbreaking.

    Good Recap though. Very cool shuffle.

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  11. Anonymous says:

    Minor typo: All-sudden-done ==> All said and done

    Nice recap.

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