Posted by: Sleepbot ZZ 0.94 | 2008/02/07

Sleepbot Environmental Broadcast on your iPhone / iTouch

this post has been superceded, as of iPhone OS 2.0

yes, dear listeners, i’ve come out of the dark age. i spent the time & effort to jailbreak my iTouch this week and doodled around not knowing whether it was worth it or not … and then i found iRadio by Subband

here’s what you have to do:

  • first, jailbreak your device. there are so many descriptions of this process out there — Google for it by name — and none of them are entirely accurate. the process also gets more complex as Apple releases new firmware versions (which attempt to subvert this paradigm until their Dev kit comes out). ultimately you have to go all the way back to firmware 1.1.1, trick it out, and then apply special steps to upgrade to each subsequent version. i’m at iTouch 1.1.2, and as of 06-Feb-02008 i couldn’t find a good way to get to 1.1.3 (though i tried). iRadio works on 1.1.1, so go ahead and be as lazy as me
  • make sure you’ve got Installer.app on your device. this is a delightful side-effect of leveraging jailbreakme.com (which everyone recommends). it’s a central application manager which lists, installs and uninstalls third-party iPhone / iTouch apps. great sh*t
  • download and install the iRadio app. look for it under Multimedia. i’m running version 1.0b4, and it does a bang-up job
  • switch over to a WiFi connection. your streaming speed will not be sufficient if you’re going over the AT&T carrier network. yes it’s a limitation, but not much of one
  • start it up. the app reads from the good ol’ Shoutcast yellow-pages, which has been around since last forever. S E B has been listed there since 1999. select Tuner, then scroll down to and select the Ambient genre (hooray for alphabetical sorting). the stations are listed by listener count; S E B is usually in the 100-50 range. scroll to it, select it, and listen
  • what, you don’t hear anything? yes, that’s a known problem which i ran into as well. fortunately the fix has been explained. go to your iPod app (your usual music player), pause any song, and then adjust the volume from there.

much love goes out Dmitry Boldyrev and the folks at Subband for this effort.

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