E v e r y t h i n g This is a guide for everything. I hope you will read it, because I certainly did. I've spent a long time doing this, compiling all of my guides and compiling everybody else's guides. If you see something missing, tell me, and I'll add it, or fix it. ~~The iPod touch~~ There's a good chance that if you're reading this right now, you have an iPod touch. But if you don't, this section is for you. If you do, I advise you skip down to the Jailbreak section immediately. WHAT? The iPod touch is a media player made by Apple, Inc. It has a 3.5 inch screen that you can touch. It will also respond to your touch, unlike the screen of my MacBook, which I can also touch. WHY? You should get the iPod touch if you have videos and you're willing to buy something that costs anywhere from $299 US to $499 US. You should buy the iPod touch if you want to have a really cool device that you can theme and install cool applications on. You should get it because you want an iPhone, but you use Alltell wireless, and you really want that iPhone. YEAH Okay, so you say, I'll go buy it. But what if you're not convinced yet? See Kiks52's iPod touch Reference for more specifics and of course Apple themselves. I'll wait for you to buy it. [Jeopardy Music] *Okay, I'm finished waiting.* ~~Jailbreak~~ Once you have bought your iPod touch, you're probably wondering what you can do to it, but chances are, you already have an iPod touch and you're looking into what it can do. What you want is a jailbreak. WHY? Why you should jailbreak? You should jailbreak because there is almost no risk to jailbreaking. While you may think that there could be problems like breaking your iPod, you should think again. The only ways you can break your iPod are simply if you are really, really stupid, or you're trying to actually break it. Here are the difficult ways to break your iPod. Enter this command in Terminal on your iPod: "sudo rm -rf /". It will kill your iPod, guaranteed. Unplug your iPod while restoring the firmware in iTunes. Note that it says, "Do not unplug your iPod!" Unplugging your iPod will literally remove the firmware from it. Physical Mutilation. If you physically kill the iPod, it is irrelevant if the hardware works. Try smashing your microwave with a sledge hammer (or rather, don't.) What happens? It breaks. Same concept. Unplugging your iPod while modifying the bootloader. When using a method like Pwnage Tool or winpwn to jailbreak your iPod or iPhone, and you unplug your iPod, it could become dead. This is because the bootloader is the software that allows the iPod to turn on, or boot. If you remove it, you can't turn it on. It's like removing the batteries from a toy. Same concept. Other than that, it's really hard to kill your iPod. If I haven't scared you off yet, keep reading to find out what you can do and how. Plus, jailbreaking gives you cool new applications that you can use on your iPhone, awesome themes and wallpapers, and games! For a larger list on why you should jailbreak, see Anonymouslyanonymous' Bible below. WHY NOT? There are some things that people just don't want to do, and many times, that is hacking. Hacking is given a bad reputation because people think that it is only used to break things. This is not the case, but Anonymouslyanonymous has some reasons to not hack for you. For more details on Firmware 2.0 and the SDK, you can see my Firmware 2.0 guide or my SDK guide. Remember the Firmware 2.0 Section and the SDK section are your best spots to go for help on those kinds of questions. BACK ON TOPIC! Jailbreaking your iPod touch voids your warranty. Apple's End User License Agreement (EULA) states that you cannot modify your iPod touch, and can't use iTunes for nuclear facilities, blah, blah, blah. Jailbreaking, or installing 3rd party applications, voids your warranty. You will be unable to use your warranty. That's pretty big. FORTUNATELY, you can restore your iPod, so they cannot trace your iPod being jailbroken, and your warranty is magically back! Huzzah! Jailbreaking your iPod touch is debatably illegal. While most of us believe that jailbreaking is not illegal, there are a few people that believe it is, including Apple employees. To see their point of the matter, see this thread. Nevertheless, you'll see the thread was closed because Jailbreaking is not illegal. It's highly debatable, so you can decide for yourself. It is possible to break your iPod. While this is unlikely, as stated above, it is indeed possible. Some things that you can do with your iPod touch with a jailbreak are illegal. For example, if you don't have the January App Pack and download it for free off of Installer, that's illegal. Downloading ROMS and BIOS are illegal as well. You don't have to do these things, but keep in mind that some things are illegal. If you are still debating, see chort27's guide here. Nevertheless, I highly recommend jailbreaking. WHAT? What things can you do with a Jailbreak? With a jailbreak, you can install 3rd party applications. These applications can be useful, like the Periodic Table application, or even as crazy and fun as Tap Tap Revolution (which is like Guitar Hero). There are well over 400 applications out there for you to easily install. You can even play Game Boy and Playstation games! In addition, you can trick out your iPod with cool themes like Ultimate Leopard (toomuchcaffeine) and Badge (TheAppleTree). These themes can be really beautiful and elegant, and a good deal of them can be installed right off of your iPod - No Computer Required! HUH? ==What Does This Thing Mean?== Before you start in this Jailbreaking scene, you should probably know a little bit of the terminology that we use. For a dictionary, check the cool wiki article I created called, "The Noob Dictionary," here. You don't have to know all of those terms, but just keep "The Noob Dictionary as a reference material in case you forget what some of the terminology means. ==I Don't Get It!== Shoot me or one of the other members on this forum a Private Message, and we (I at least) will try to respond to you within 24 hours. Read over the information more than once and you'll see that things are rather simple. Sometimes, things are as simple as downloading something and clicking Jailbreak. Make sure to read the instructions, and let's get cracking. HOW? These guides are how to jailbreak your iPod. They are the easiest methods available, so please do not ask for an easier way. These ways are as simple as clicking a few buttons, so it's really not too hard. You must be on the specific firmware (i.e. 1.1.1) to jailbreak that firmware. For example, if you are on firmware 1.1.4, you cannot use the 1.1.1 jailbreak method. To check what firmware you have, go to the Settings application, then tap General and then About. If you have the incorrect firmware, download the correct one in the next post.