12 Days of iTunes

10 12 2008

 

On the 12th day of Christmas my iTunes gave to me, DRM Free tracks? Well folks, that seems to be word that has been grinding in the rumor-mill. Apple is apparently removing the DRM on a huge number of tracks that the online-music store giant is currently offering. This rumor has been pretty much confirmed. We have heard news that that Sony, Universal and Warner will start selling their contents unprotected starting tomorrow. This means that we will no longer require that absurd authorization to play our music on our friends and families’ computers that have not been authorized. This news comes from ElectronLibre, a French site that accurately predicted the French iTunes TV shows.

Another big news that we have heard with regards to the iTunes store is Big Christmas Giveaways. That’s right guys, dubbed the Twelve Days of iTunes, this give-away will extend to Applications, Songs, TV Shows and Movies. According to our sources this is set to launch in the European Countries from the 26th of December to the 6th of January. This is very unusual of Apple. Besides their weekly offerings of 2 free songs, some TV Show episodes and a Music Video, they have never done anything of this scale. And free app offerings are usually done by the App Makers themselves. These free stuffs are also usually a means to drive sales of unpopular or upcoming artists.

I’m not sure about you, but if this proves to be true, I’m sure as hell going to down load as much as I can stuff into my Hard-disks. I also hope that these offer doesn’t remain locked within Europe, but extends to the US and other countries as well. After all, Christmas is all about the spirit of giving.





Super Monkey Ball (and other Apps)

4 08 2008

The Guide to Getting it on your iPhone (for Free)

Hey all, Ravenizer here. The article that you have been waiting for. Getting Apps into the iPhone / iPod Touch is easy. The guide here is for Super Monkey Ball. Should you want to install another Application, just substitute that other App with Super Monkey Ball.

 

-Part 1:

  • You need to be on a Jailbroken 2.0 Firmware with Cydia installed. (If you use a Mac, use PwnageTool. If you are on Windows use WinPwn)
  • Now install OpenSSH. Tap and launch Cydia. Once Cydia has launched, select Sections>Networking>OpenSSH. Once there, tap on Install>Confirm, (if you get a ‘Running out of Disk Space’ error, tap “Ok”) Then tap on Return to Cydia. Now press the Home button.
  • Log into WinSCP or any other SSH tool (if you dont know how, watch this). The first time you try to login, you may encounter a Connection Timeout error. Click ‘Retry’ and it should work. If you still get an error, reboot your iPod  Touch/iPhone and try again.
  • Create a folder called Documents in /var/mobile/ and set the permission to 777 (0777 on WinSCP)
  • Create a folder called Documents in the /Applications folder and set permissions to 777. This will fix the Disk Full error message seen when launching the game. Do note that you will see a string of random letters and numbers suffixed to you Applications folder. Do not worry. 

 

———Note: You will only need to create these two ‘Documents’ folders once———

 

-Part 2:

  • Now, download the cracked version of Super Monkey Ball from this link.
  • Extract the folder to your desktop
  • Copy the Monkey Ball.app folder into /Applications via SSH and set it to 755 (This should be 0775 on WinSCP. Also, if you are using WinSCP, you should select the “Set owner, group and permissions recursively” checkbox.)
  • Reboot iPod Touch or iPhone 

Yes people, that is all there is to installing an App. There is word however, that a special Cydia Repo is being built to house these Cracked Apps. Should this information ever become available to Infinitech, we will definitely put it up.

Here is a list of other apps that might interest you:






Installer 4.0

30 07 2008

Ladies and gentlemen, our friends over at the Russian iPhone (RiP) Dev-Team have been busily working on the latest version of the ever-famous Installer.app. First introduced as an Application to download and install third-party Apps, the new version of Installer is making a comeback with a nicer and sleeker interface. I have mentioned before (in another post of mine) that the Cydia interface was much more sleeker and intuitive as compared to the earlier version of Installer. People, I take back what I have said.

The new version of Installer seems have taken a leaf out of Cydia‘s and the Apple App Store‘s books. The overall appearance is similar to the App Store. The color scheme and the way that the application is laid out is extremely similar. The difference is in how the Download Page is presented. The page is similar to previous versions of Installer, however, it now features reflections of the Application’s icon and on the whole, it just feels sleek. It amazing that the RiP Dev-Team pulled this off in such a short time. A whole revamp of the Installer.app. Congratulations!

So, how does the new application really look like? See for yourselves:

 

1. Here is a recap of what we had before

 

 

The interface of Installer 3

The interface of Installer 3

 

2. Package installations…

 

 

Package Uninstallation

Package Uninstallation

 

3. And now… Installer 4

 

 

Sources

Installer 4 : Sources

 

 

Categories  Recent Packages

Installer 4 : Categories > Recent Packages

 

 

Application Installation (Mobile Enhancer.app)

Installer 4 : Application Installation (Mobile Enhancer.app)

 

Well folks, there you have it. The highly anticipated Installer 4.0! I am not sure about the method of distribution but here are my guesses:

Scenario 1

The Installer will be distributed via the Cydia Packager application. The application would be available as soon as the Dev-Team releases it.

Scenario 2

Installer fans who want to get their hands on the application would have to first, Pwn their iPhones / iPod Touch, and then proceed to get the OpenSSH tool. They would then download the Application via thier computers and place the application into their device via SSH.

Scenario 3

As cited earlier, Zibri is working hard to bring a new version of ZiPhone to the masses. This new version may come with Installer 4 prepackaged. The application, if included, will be installed onto the device during the Jailbreak.





Apple iTunes 7.7

13 07 2008

by Ravenizer

 

In this post, I will be covering the basics of the new upgrades that we will be seeing in this new version of iTunes. The most commonly spoken about is the rising of the new App Store. Read on to find out!

 

The App Store
App Store

App Store

The App Store was finally opened to the Public on July 11th. On its grand opening, we saw many great Applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Many of these applications actually cost a bit of money before you can actually have them. As such, we are left thinking, was un-jailbreaking and upgrading really the best choice?

Well, we should push that thought to another post. As for this post, I would like to bring you the best of Free Applications on the iTunes App Store.

The Contenders of the Free World

These applications were selected by, firstly, being free of charge, and then, by its usefulness to the public and their daily lives. These apps were also chosen for how fun they were in the case of games.

iTunes Remote

Or simply known as ‘Remote’ in the App Store, this new application has the ability to wirelessly control your iTunes library. The only prerequisite is that you should have Wi-Fi connectitivity on your computer either via an AirPort (Wi-Fi) antennae, or having a wireless router attached to your computer’s modem.

When you attempt to connect a computer, your iPhone or iPod will show you this:

Remote access pin

Remote access passcode

Simply enough, your newly detected iPod or iPhone appears as a remote on iTunes 7.7’s Devices list.

Note that the detected iPhone shows up as a remote

The detected iPhone shows up as a remote alongside Apple TVs as well

Your iTunes will now prompt you to enter the shown passcode:

Enter the given passcode

Enter the given passcode

When the linking is complete, the remote will disappear from the source list. You will then be given a confirmation on iTunes. As soon as this happens, your iPhone or iPod touch will display all your playlists in a fashion similar to the iPod software on the device:

The Remote application works just like iPod

The Remote application works just like iPod

Well there you have it! Remote, one of our contenders in the App Store free stuff list!

Tap Tap Revenge

First we had the Mega Hit game Tap Tap Revolution. Inspired by Dance Dance Revolution, this game involved the player to tap to a song in fashion similar to Guitar Hero. The first version was a bit of a turn off as the player needed to be connected to WiFi in order to download the “Tap Sheet” to play a song in his iTunes library. Also, the Create your own Taps function was slightly flawed as well.

However, the makers of the game went back to the drawing board and have now brought us, Tap Tap Revenge. In my opinion, this is an awesome upgrade to what we had before. A cleaner and sleeke interface really made a difference. Now, the game-play also supports “shakes” by making use of the device’s accelerometer. This makes the game even more fun and enjoyable.

Tap Tap Revolution from Installer

Tap Tap Revolution from Installer

Tap Tap Revenge from App Store

Tap Tap Revenge from App Store

As you can see here, the interface has greatly changed. The new App Store version makes the game look more fun and inspiring. The new game is also more responsive and less prone to not detecting a hit.

However, one feature that we are missing from the new Application is the iTunes Library feature. We now have to download predefined track for each difficulty level, as opposed to downloading Taps for the songs already in our libraries.

And that was Tap Tap Revenge for you.

Sho Zu

Sho Zu is yet another free app. One thing good about this app is its versatility. Basically, this application allows you to Blog. Blog your photos, videos or just plainly type, this app can connect to WordPress, Blogger, Facebook and many more. If you are a social networking freak, get this app. Do note that his Application is NOT a replacement for the Facebook app. These apps are independent applications that work differently. Not sure which to get? Don’t worry! Get both and see which one you like better. These things are free after all!

Aurora Feint : The Beginning

This is one of your Action Adventure puzzle games. You have to move around a map and complete challenges in this Story Based puzzle adventure. It has a very mystique feel to it. The makers of this app have promised that this will become a Massively Multiplayer Online game soon. I think this game has much potential and I hope this goes MMO soon!

To Do

The last Application I want to share with you is Erica Sudan’s To Do. This application is just that average To-Do list app. However, it is very easy to use and manage your list. Sporting a look just like the Mail App, you can quicly add a to-do and give it a name. Tap on the blue circle to add notes and more elaborate details regarding the reminder. You can also set a priority for the event and then mark it as Done when you have completed it. Erica Sudan’s To Do. Yet another contender for you to get.

Difference on the new iTunes 7.7

So what else is new on iTunes? Probably a bunch. But here are the obvious. If you have headed over to the iTunes store from your iTunes Application / Program, you would have noticed this:

The App Store is live!

The App Store is live!

Yes, the App Store is live on iTunes as well. Another thing that I noticed is that all my iPod Games, and the newly added iPhone Apps are all bundled uder this new division on my Library.

Applications group on Library

Applications group on Library

That is not all, the apps are all neatly arranged in a grid:

Neatly arranged, thats how I like it!

Neatly arranged, that's how I like it!

I haven’t got a screenshot of this yet, but there seems to be new icons for all the iPods in the Devices list. They now no longer have blank screens but they vauguely show the homescreen.

It’s a wrap

Well, that is all I have for you now. I will update with the new .Mac Alternatives (2) as soon as I can 🙂