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{{Infobox Website
| name = iPod touch Fans
| logo = [[Image:iptf_logo.jpg]]
| url =
| commercial = No
| type = News, information, and rumors related to [[iPod touch]]
| registration =
| owner = Vigorous Media LLC
| author = Bobby Georgescu
| launch date = [[2007]]
| current status = Active
| revenue =

”’iPod touch Fans”’ is a popular<ref>[ Quantcast Audience Profile]</ref> website that is home to one of the largest iPod touch-focused discussion forums, with over 200,000 members and 1 million forum posts.<ref>Maxcer, Chris. [ The World of Pod Modding]. 29 September 2008. MacNewsWorld. ECT Publishing Inc.</ref> Users can find support for many iPhone and iPod touch-related issues, as well as talk to other touch-screen device users about related issues.


[[Whois]] records indicate<ref>[] Creation Date: 2007-09-05 11:37:30</ref> that iPod touch Fans was created by Bobby Georgescu, a student at [[Stanford University]], a few minutes after [[Steve Jobs]]’ keynote announcing the [[Apple Inc.]] [[iPod touch]] on [[September_2007#2007_September_5 | September 5, 2007]].<ref>Jobs, Steve. [[ September 2007 Keynote Address]. Apple Corp.</ref> iPod touch Fans appeared as one of the first community websites<ref>[ iPod touch Fans passes 1000 members]</ref> catering to users of the iPod touch. By allowing users to share and comment on iPod touch and [[iPhone]] related modification methods, such as [[Privilege escalation | jailbreaking]], the iPod touch Fans quickly became one of the leading sites catering to the iPod touch community.

While originally set up as a forum site, iPod touch Fans has evolved into a news portal, often ‘featuring’ posts made by community members, which results in those posts showing up as news on the front page.

As of June 2008, the site is owned by Vigorous Media LLC, a [[limited liability company]] set up to protect the site’s founder from liability for content posted on the forum by its users.

==Significant member achievements==

The iPod touch Fans forum has become a hotbed of iPod touch and iPhone reverse engineering as it attracted more technical users into its large userbase. iPod touch Fans users have made significant advances in the development of third-party modifications for the iPod touch.

===Discovery of audio line-input for iPod touch===

The discovery of the audio line-in functionality was made by users on the site’s forums and received coverage on popular technology sites such as [[TUAW]]<ref>Sadun, Erica. [ iPod touch audio-in reportedly working]. TUAW. 21 November 2007. Weblogs, Inc..</ref> and [[Ars Technica]]<ref>Cheng, Jacqui. [ Add a microphone to your iPod touch for audio-in lovin’]. 6 December 2007. Ars Technica.</ref>. This hardware modification has allowed the iPod touch to be used for voice recording, and more notably for [[VoIP]] telephony, despite the fact that the iPod touch was not originally designed for this purpose.

===Discovery of TIFF remote jailbreak exploit===

On the 11th of October, 2007, a release was posted on the popular ‘milw0rm’ [[Exploit_(computer_security) | exploit]] archive linking to instructions posted on the iPod touch Fans forums for exploiting a [[buffer overflow]] vulnerability in [[MobileSafari]]’s handling of [[Tagged_Image_File_Format | TIFF]] files.<ref>[ Apple iTouch/iPhone 1.1.1 tif File Remote Jailbreak Exploit]. 11 October 2007.</ref> The exploit allowed iPod touch and iPhone users to simply browse to a website on the built-in browser and automatically ‘jailbreak’ and install third-party software on their devices.<ref>[,139061/article,139061/article]</ref>

===Torrentula BitTorrent client===

On March 3, 2008, a user on the forums released Torrentula, the first (and currently only) native [[BitTorrent client]] for the iPod touch and iPhone.<ref>mangolad. []. 3 March 2008.</ref> The client allows users to download files through BitTorrent directly on their device, without the need for a computer.

==Other notable items==

Besides its technical contributions, iPod touch Fans has also been the starting point of some interesting news stories.

===iPod touch vs. Pickup truck===

Originally posted by a member as a thread entitled ‘My ipod Was Ran Over!’,<ref>spongyiq. [ My ipod Was Ran Over]. 27 September 2008.</ref> the article was posted to the sites’ front page as ‘iPod touch vs. Pickup truck.'<ref>[ iPod touch vs. Pickup truck] 27 September 2008.</ref> From there, the site spread through the [[blogosphere]] after being featured by popular tech sites [[Gizmodo]]<ref>Diaz, Jesus. [ iPod Touch Survives Brutal Pickup Truck Crushing]. 29 September 2008. Gizmodo. Gawker Media Network.</ref> and [[TUAW]].<ref>Caolo, David. [ iPod touch survives run-in with pickup truck]. 30 September 2008. TUAW. Weblogs, Inc.</ref>


==See also==
*[[iPod touch]]
*[[Portable media player]] (PMP)

==External links==
* [ iPod touch Fans]
* [ iPod touch Fans Forums]

[[Category:Macintosh websites]]
[[Category:Internet forums]]
[[Category:Internet properties established in 2007]]

(Via Wikipedia – New pages [en].)

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