Hacked iPhones get Pandora-like derandomizing
Start-up Instinctiv offers an iPhone application that turns the standard iTunes-shuffling feature into something a bit more coherent. The catch: it works on unlocked iPhones only.
A couple weeks ago,if early adopters of the iPod and other MP3 players were starting to lose patience with the random shuffle function. Too much black and white, not enough gray.
Almost on cue, start-up Instinctiv came out on Thursday with its first application, an iPhone and iPod Touch application called Instinctiv Shuffle that will derandomize the random iTunes-shuffling feature.
Instinctiv Shuffle uses an algorithm similar to that developed by Pandora and other taste-tracking sites to select the perfect song to play next--like having a professional DJ sift through your collection.
There's a catch: Instinctiv Shuffle works only on so-called "jail-broken" iPhones, which means that you have to download the right firmware (version 1.1.4), then download and run another piece of software called iLiberty (or take matters into your own hands, if you have the technical sophistication to do so).
Doing this has risks: Apple's been known to didn't want to be bound to certain limitations in the iPhone SDK.that disable third-party applications and prevent unlocked iPhones from using alternate cellular networks. Instinctiv apparently