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I bought the Software Update 3.0 for my two iPod touches.

I would like to put the same Software Update onto my second iPod touch so I do not need to pay twice for the same update.

Where does iTunes keep the iPod touch and iPhone Software Updates in OS X Leopard?

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Actually, you probably do need to pay for it twice. When you 'bought' it, you (presumably) payed for a single licence for a single device.

Regardless, on OS X Leopard, it should be in:


Windows XP:

C:\Documents and Settings\<Your Windows username>\Application Data\
    Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates

And in Vista/7:

 C:\Users\<Your Windows username>\AppData\Local\Apple Computer\iTunes\
    iPhone Software Updates

On the other hand, to see where the iPod touch and iPhone applications are, just right click one and select 'Show in Explorer/Finder'

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Thank you for your answer and your edits which you made you for my question! – Masi Jul 24 '09 at 14:16
But if you find the .ipa, can you install it on another device magically? (I haven't tried.) – jtbandes Jul 25 '09 at 17:01
Jt: I think it will work, but I am not 100% sure – Josh Hunt Jul 25 '09 at 23:41

I'm not entirely clear what you paid for or what the license restrictions are. As others have mentioned, it may be that you are entitled to apply the update to only a single device. It's also possible that there is DRM enforcement of this restriction.

On Mac OS X, iPod Touch OS updates are stored in:

~/Library/iTunes/iPod Software Updates

and iPhone OS updates are stored in:

~/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates
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My guess is that it is stored in a temporary folder somewhere. I know it sucks, but it might be best just to pay the extra $10 to get it upgraded properly.

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