Hi I had an I pod touch (first generation) with version : 1.1.5(4B1) which I bought from EBAy long time back in 2008

I had installed latest ITunes and browsing if I can find any applications that can be run on this 1st gen iPod. But most of the apps are generally compatible with 3 and greater.

Are there really any for 1st gen? If no, what else can be done apart from playing music and videos..

I had seen http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2052 which says can be updated to iOS3.1. Has anyone done ...any problems faced..

Any other suggestion you have apart from selling it :-)

  • ok!!!! Great answers.......but no one has talked about upgrading to 3.1 version..actually buying!!
    – GustlyWind
    Jan 18, 2011 at 9:29

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Maybe not the best iOS device nowadays but it still makes a nifty remote!
I have an Ipod Touch (2nd gen though) that I use to control my mac-mini media center. It's very intuitive to manage your playlist (iTunes DJ mode) with the Remote app.
And I use Mobile Mouse Pro to use my Ipod as a mouse. User experience is not as sweet as Remote but still a great app which eliminates the need for keyboard.

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    Great idea!!.....sorry I couldn't up vote since i dont have 15+ votes
    – GustlyWind
    Jan 18, 2011 at 9:28

I also have a 1st generation iPod Touch. I have consistently upgradedthe operating system every time an upgrade was available, so I am now running iOS 3.1.

No problems whatsoever, running all sorts of apps, many of which required iOS 3+.

Don't confuse the operating system version with the iPod/iPhone generation (gen 1, 2, 3 or 4).

  • Good to hear others using 3.1 in the wild. Thanks.
    – bmike
    Nov 19, 2012 at 21:29

You can Using your iPod as a storage drive:

From apple support:

  1. Connect iPod to your computer.
  2. Open iTunes if it doesn't automatically open.
  3. Select the iPod icon in the Source pane.
  4. Click the Summary tab.
  5. Select "Enable disk use" or "Manually manage music and videos." Either one will allow you to use iPod as a drive. If you select "Manually manage music and videos," iTunes won't automatically update iPod with the iTunes library. If you want iTunes to automatically update your iPod, select "Enable disk use" instead.
  6. The iPod disk icon appears on the desktop and in Finder windows, and in My Computer/Computer in Windows. Double-click the icon and drag files to or from iPod's window to copy them.
  7. Make sure to eject iPod before disconnecting it from your computer. Tip: The iPod display will say "Do Not Disconnect" when disk use is enabled (iPod shuffle's status light will continue to blink orange until after it is ejected). These are reminders for you to eject iPod first.
  • Cool idea.........I will follow thoroughly!! great...
    – GustlyWind
    Jan 18, 2011 at 9:30
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    I don't think iOS devices allow disk use, I believe that was only for the original iPod line Jan 18, 2011 at 10:22
  • This doesn't work with iPhone/iPod Touch. Jan 22, 2011 at 17:38

Yes, you can run apps on that. You've got to upgrade to 3.1.3. I think it costs $10.

Not all apps will run though, but most of them will run fine.


You could always jailbreak your device you can do loads of cool things like running android or loads of new settings its really good

  • Welcome to the site. Can you please explain in more details how this would work and which steps are needed to do it?
    – nohillside
    Mar 31, 2013 at 9:45

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