This iPhone is not eligible for this update

So last night a good friend of mine came over with an iPhone dilemma.. Stuck with iOS5 and a need downgrade.. We tried various solutions with non working completely. We then decided to try and jailbreak the device, to try and work around the issue. Knowing iOS5 jailbreaks are still in there very early stages we knew this would be tethered, but accepted its fate and carried on anyway.. The jailbreak went without a hitch, using RedSn0w all looked well! Apart from the fact it still didnt resolve the issue and now we were stuck with a tethered boot device for no reason at all.

On we went trying to un-break the device, using my MacBook pro, and as many ipsw’s as we could find.. All of which failed, with pretty much every error message found in iTunes. The most common one being “This iPhone is not eligible..” this proved to be the most persistent. Even standing when we tried to do the stock iOS5 install..

However.. The fix wasn’t as google suggested, it had nothing to do with the hosts file.. An TinyUmberella couldn’t help.. So I booted up my Windows 7 VM, installed iTunes 10.5 and straight away it restored the iOS ipsw without any error messages or questions asked!!!

Now, I’m not sure if it was OS X lion, or the fact I’d been messing with TinyUmberella all night long, but one things for sure.. The VM fixed it.. An I didn’t even have to touch my hosts file!

So my tip of the day is.. If iTunes doesn’t want to help, try another machine be it physical or virtual, before spending 4 hours trying to figure out why!!

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My highlights from #WWDC2011


So – as every apple fan boi sits down to watch streams from deep inside the WWDC it soon becomes apparent that the streams are few and far between. What few streams available are ropey at best. I will never understand the reason behind the no streaming rules from Apple.

Ahh well – least we still get to see live picsupdates from MacRumours

Rather then try and compete with the thousands of sources for news, I just wanted to do a quick round up of the features I am looking forward to detailed at the WWDC.

So here goes….
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How to create iPhone Ringtones

Back in December 2008 I posted a link to a tutorial on how to create iPhone ringtones. Which worked well, as long as you had the patience to pin point the timings of a track. Well since then I have had to get a little bit more ‘technical’ with my ringtone creation. Mainly because of the music I was trying to clip.. So I thought it was about time I put another tutorial together, but this time a little bit more in depth, covering all the aspects of clipping using the wave display.

First of all your going to need some tools to attack the music file you want to convert. I have always sworn by Audacity for all my music work. Audacity is ‘freeware’ and available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Unix
Once you have downloaded Audacity you will need to download and install the library, I use the FFMpeg Library which is also available for WindowsMac OS X, Linux and Unix
Once you have all the tools downloaded, launch the Audacity editor. You will be presented with a new project window which looks similar to the one below (depending on OS)

Now, all you need to do is locate your MP3WavSound file through the built in menu system, or drag and drop it into the dark area in between the menu bar and status bar. Once it’s done loading the music file you should be presented with a window which looks like this (obviously this will differ for each sound file)

Using the built in menu bar you can play the track, and locate the section you want to clip. Remembering that most devices using 30 seconds of the clip for the tone. Once you have found the section you want click on the wave table where it starts, and drag you mouse whilst keeping an eye on the field under the ‘Length’ radio button until you have grabbed 30 seconds worth. You should notice the highlighted section will turn a slightly darker grey colour:

With the section highlighted, if you press the ‘Play’ button Audacity will play the section you have selected. If you are not happy with it you can move the highlighted section back and forth with your mouse until you find a section you like.

Once done simply click Edit > Cut in the menu bar, or ctrl + x on your windows keyboard (cmd + x on Mac) to cut out the section of track. Now click File > New to open a fresh project window and paste in your clipping. (Edit > Paste etc)

Check you have clipped the correct part using the play button, and once you are happy click File > Export. Give it a meaningful name and select a location for the file, in the format drop down box select “M4A (AAC) Files (FFmpeg)” and click ok.

Once the export has completed, locate the file and rename the extension from .m4a to .m4r.

Now open iTunes, select the ‘Ringtones’ sections and drag in your newly created .m4r file. All that’s left to do now is sync you iPhone, select the new file in the settings menu and your done.

So hopefully, you will never pay for a ringtone again 🙂

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Songbird 1.4.2 Released

Songbird is a mozilla powered media player which claims to give iTunes a run for it’s money. Songbird’s latest release has  delivered improved CD ripping and mass storage syncing support. Unlike most CD Ripping tools Songbird is capable of looking  up metadata information from Gracenote to ensure complete data is held on each MP3 in it’s library. 

Songbird is also capable of ripping songs in FLAC, OGG or WMA formats along with the most common extensions, it’s also capable of syncing with Apple iPod’siPhones along with generic MP3 players and mass storage devices.
Songbird ties in with some of the more popular social networking sites, delivering rich track related media from flickr, YouTube and Last.FM.
Like many popular applications out in the wild Songbird offers a feature rich API allowing developers the potential to develop any add-on they can think of. A rich add-on directory already exists and is being added to constantly! 
Even if you are a massive iTunes fan, Songbird is still worth a try!
Songbird is available for most operating systems from the hosts website 

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Prevent iPhoto's autostart 'feature'

One of Snow Leopards less useful and more annoying features is it’s over helpfulness when plugging in devices such as the iPhone. Automatically starting iPhoto like a Jack Russell tugging at your trouser leg wanting to import your camera roll’s contents. Each time I find my self closing the application down mutter “If I wanted you I would have clicked on you GRRR!” So I decided enough was enough, and disabled the feature. Now, you would expect there to be a checkbox inside the iPhoto application. You may be surprised to know that it’s actually inside a separate application if you launch the Image Capture application (from you applications folder) with your iPhone or camera connected you should see an option in the bottom left hand corner of the app, which is similar to Windows “What to do when” app. Here you are able to select an application to launch when Mac OS X detects the connection of the device. Or do what I do, and select do nothing! Don’t worry – it wont stop iTunes from launching! Just iPhoto.

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