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I found what I think is a first gen iPod touch (see here).

I had to restore it and it says it cannot update beyond iOS 2.2.1, build version 5H11.

When I browse the App Store, all apps seem to require a minimum of iOS 4.3.

  • Can I upgrade iOS beyond 2.2.1?
  • Can I install apps?
  • Where can I browse for compatible apps?
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You can update an ipod touch 1G up to ios 3.1.3. Finding available apps that work on ios 3.1.3 or earlier can be painstakingly hard using the Apple app store. An app store app called "VintApps" makes this super easy.

https://www.facebook.com/VintApps313

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the las build support for the iPod touch 1G - 1.1.5 (4B1) (Free) iOS 3.1.3 (7E18) (Paid)

so you should be able to upgrade sense you already have 2.2.1

next regarding your need for the latest iOS to install certain apps, im afraid you are out of luck, see the API these apps use require a later os, usually 4.X cause of the multitask and so on

Solution: Whited00r

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Thanks I will check it out and come back! –  Trufa Mar 14 '13 at 18:12
    
it will work great, i did it on a ituch1g last week, however don compare the speed to a new iPhone or anything! –  Macmaniman Mar 14 '13 at 18:14
    
It doesn't seem to work. I restored to the 3.1.3 (7E18) and then tried to install and I always get error 1604 and the forums don't seem to really solve it :( –  Trufa Mar 14 '13 at 22:11
    
put it in DFU and and restore it with Whited00r the errors do occur, keep trying, and switch ports and just keep trying, took me like 30 times.... –  Macmaniman Mar 15 '13 at 19:25

1: You can upgrade to iOS 3.1.3, but I don't think Apple sells it anymore. After searching around, I found this, which is the iOS 3.1.3 IPSW for your iPod. It's on Apple's servers, so AFAIK it's legal. If you don't know how to install IPSWs, look here.

2: You can install apps, as long as they support iOS 3.1.3. There are /some/ that still do. whited00r is themed to look like iOS 6, and works with your iPod touch, but more importantly, it has an app named the '3 Store' that lets you get old versions of apps that work for iOS 3.

Hopefully this helped.

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I can't install whited00r. It doesn't seem to work. I restored to the 3.1.3 (7E18) and then tried to install and I always get error 1604 and the forums don't seem to really solve it :( –  Trufa Mar 14 '13 at 22:11
    
Try downgrading your iTunes - that helped for me. I believe iTunes 9.1 is the one that you want. Also, make sure you're restoring in DFU mode. –  Faiz Saleem Mar 15 '13 at 16:42

When installing whited00r to your iPod Touch, you need to downgrade your firmware from 3.1.3 to a lesser version. I found this after hours of trial and error. It will not happen with the latest 3.1.3.

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A change as of very recently allows you to browse the app store, and when you download an app if it is not compatible it will offer the chance to download the most recent version that is compatible (should there be one in existence).

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Without guarantee that it will actually work though (e.g. WhatsApp which changed to protocol some time ago or any app which relies on a remote API). –  patrix Sep 18 '13 at 11:00
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Sure, it's more of a Sorry, you can't run this, but you can TRY this older version. Games and such should be fine, anything that syncs or connects to other services or websites may be broken. –  stuffe Sep 18 '13 at 11:11

After you upgrade to iOS 3.1.3 you can use this tool to search the iTunes store for apps that are compatible with the 1st generation iPod Touch. It's easier on a desktop computer. Select iPhone (original) from the menu.

See: iOSSearch: Find games and apps for 1st, 2nd generation iPod Touch,iPhone 3G, iOS 4.2.1 & 3.1.3

This is a non-commercial page I made.

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Thanks for self-disclosing that you made this. –  bmike Sep 22 '13 at 16:53

download ios 3.1.3 apps from here http://apptimemachine.com/apple.html

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The link you added doesn't appear to be working. Can you explain how it works today (as opposed to how it might work some day?) –  bmike Jun 22 '13 at 11:35

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