What exactly is jailbreaking and why would I want to do it?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by Brewerpaul, Dec 7, 2008.

  1. Brewerpaul macrumors regular

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    I'll be getting a 2nd gen Touch soon, and I know they're not yet able to be jailbroken..
    However, I'm not sure exactly what that means. I gather that it allows you to "install apps": these are ones not offered on iTunes' app store, right? Where are they found?
    It seems that jailbreaking is basically a way of making the Touch/Phone accept apps and music from sources other than the Apple monopoly, right?
    If I'm asking this in the wrong place, please link me to the right one. Thanks.
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Google this, please.

    And, uh, music? Yeah, because music not from the iTunes Store can't be put into iTunes...
     
  3. Brewerpaul thread starter macrumors regular

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  4. 4DThinker macrumors 68020

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    The orginal iPhone was locked to AT&T and limited to the software included with it. Early buyers figured out how to break that confinement and it quickly became known as jailbreaking. Apple eventually $aw the light with apps and jumped on the bandwagon to both control what was available and also reap the profit from them. If you get a Touch new, it will have everything on it you'll need to buy and install apps on it.

    As for Music, any other non-copyprotected MP3s you have will play on the Touch, and iTunes will help you install them there. 95% of my music came from CDs I bought over several years. The only iTunes music on it was free songs they offered on occasion.
     
  5. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    please search and welcome to the forums

    http://letmegooglethatforyou.com/?q=what+is+jailbreak

    or better yet, use this (bookmark it!)
    http://mroogle.*************/

    to get these links or many many more :)
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=550964
    http://guides.macrumors.com/Jailbreak_the_iPod_Touch
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=406581
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=426367
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=609541

    to summarize, jailbreak enables your ipod to be more open. you can ssh to it, install apps apple doesnt allow in store (like tether apps or theming, letting apps run in background, etc). you get these apps by usiing the cydia program which will be an icon on your ipod once you jailbreak. essentially cydia is an app that lets you browse all sorts of apps/themes/etc

    by the way, how do you like clifton park? any opinion on guilderland?
     
  6. Brewerpaul thread starter macrumors regular

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    ROFL--************************** is a riot. I'll use that on other forums (fora?) for sure.


    >by the way, how do you like clifton park? any opinion on guilderland?

    We're loving Clifton Park more and more each day. My wife and I moved up here all the way from Cohoes ;), and the difference is night and day. We live right across from Barney Pond (see Google Earth) so it's like living right in a nature preserve.
    Guilderland is also very nice, but I'm not as familiar with it. It's a lot closer to Albany, if that makes a difference to you.
    Just curious, but why do you ask?

    Thanks all for not flaming me for asking a question that I could easily find the answer for myself. Good bunch of folks here!
     
  7. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    i am about to move to the area right after Christmas. have a job up in schenectady and i dont want to live in that city itself. was looking into clifton park but dont really want to deal with bridges and rush hr lol and found Guilderland to look pretty nice. However, always hard to know if its nice when I'm relying on what I read about locations 2000+ miles away
     

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