I think the question says it all, but: I'm looking for a way to legally download the most current iPod firmware for free, without owning an iPod. Is there a way to do so?

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    What do you hope to do with this software? Legally downloading it is one thing, but in most cases, Apple software is only licensed to be used with Apple hardware. – Daniel Sep 27 '11 at 11:57

Search for "iOS {your desired version} direct download" and you'll find links. Here's one for 4.3.4:


  • @cksum How is the link provided distribution of illegal software? The links are public links to the IPSWs on Apple's servers (appldnld.apple.com) – grg Apr 29 '14 at 19:11
  • @grgarside Possibly because it has information about jailbreaking in the post I linked to, despite the links being downloads direct from Apple. – nevan king Apr 29 '14 at 21:07

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