As I sit here, going over the mountain of coursework that I have yet to even begin for my Comparative Studies class, my mind wanders to the glorious thought of wireless speakers. See, I’m a nerd by nature, so obviously, I think about thinks like Apple’s AirPlay often. After looking up speakers and then laughing at the price tag that would pay for another quarter of my tuition, I got creative. This post will follow my ventures into hacking my iPhone 3GS into running AirPlay and the benefits of said hack. Before I start, I know that one must catch their audiences’ attention early on, so I will state how I’m currently using AirPlay. I have a pretty big room in my off-campus house, and I’ve always wanted surround sound speakers to fill my ears with mp3-laden audio, but it’s always been ridiculously expensive. Now, I have a cheap system that works remarkably well! More on this later, though; first we have to discuss how one goes about achieving the AirPlay feat. To begin, one has to have at least iOS 4.0 (4.1 preferred) that is jailbroken and a wireless network. Pretty simple, right? Well, I’m not going to teach you how to jailbreak your iDevice, so I will just link you to the iPhone Dev Team, http://blog.iphone-dev.org Once you have successfully jailbroken your iPod/iPhone, we can actually start. Step 1: Download and Open the AppleTV 2 OS To download the AppleTV Operating System, just click this link! Now that that’s done downloading, you need to unpack the software. On Mac OS X, just rename the filename to end in “.zip” and then double-click. In Windows, I believe you can open it in WinRAR, if you so choose. Now that it’s unpacked, just look for “018-8609-066.dmg” in the folder “AppleTV2,1_4.1_8M89_Restore.ipsw” Please Register or Log in to view images That wasn't too hard, right? If you try to open it, you’ll notice that it doesn’t exactly work, right? That’s because it’s encrypted with a certain key that only Apple knows. Well, sort of. Thanks to the amazing hackers of the Dev Team, the key to the disk has been uncovered; it’s 31c700a852f1877c88efc05bc5c63e8c7f081c4cb28d024ed7f9b0dbc98c7e1406e499c6 . To open the disk, one needs to find a copy of a tool named “vfdecrypt,” which is located here for Intel Macs and here for Windows. Alright, I’m going to be blunt here; I haven’t used vfdecrypt for Windows, but hopefully it works in cmd. Therefore, these instructions will be for Mac OS X only right now.