In a matter of days after Beejive’s revolutionary anti-piracy measures took place, there have been at least 2 ways to bypass the copy protection that Beejive diligently put up. Here’s how the protection works, first of all:
Cracked iPod apps have one flaw: they lack a ‘.plist’ file. Beejive simply checks for this, and if it can’t find one, it blocks the use of the app and sends your device ID to a server somewhere, where it is blacklisted (in otherwords, even if you DID pay for it, you couldn’t use it unless you personally sent an email to beejive). This being said, someone from Xsellize.com found a way to fix it: by putting a .plist file where its needed. Of course, there are also innumerable modified applications that bypass the pirating protection floating around the internet. Either way, you’ll need a jailbroken iPod Touch. Read more for details on how to ‘fix’ Beejive. Please note that these guides are only to help those people allegedly locked out of beejive by the recent update. If you’re running an illegal copy of the application, you have probably been blacklisted already, so I’d just purchase a legitimate copy if I were you.
If you haven’t been blacklisted, and still have issues, scroll down all the way to see the latest fixes.
This is the guide I found on Xsellize.com. Try it at your own risk: I haven’t touched it yet.
Here’s a detailed (and the 15th time) directions:
1. Hold onto the BeejiveIM icon and click on the X to delete the file.
2. Find any BeejiveIM app you want. 2.1.019, 2.1.0, 2.0.1, etc using Installous, Appulous, etc.
3. Let it install on the phone, and do not open the application yet. Turn wifi on and SSH into your phone with the IP address and root/alpine login. Go up a folder, then go to /mobile/Applications. You would have to select each folder until you find a folder that contains iTunesMetadata.plist. Drag that onto your computer.
4. You would have to select each folder until you find the BeejiveIM folder, but I found someone to sort the folders to “Changed” which I do not know yet. Find the folder, and drag the iTunesMetadata.plist onto the folder (the folder should contain Documents, Preferences, tmp, and iTunesArtwork, just drag the plist on there, not the Documents folder, not the tmp folder, not the Preferences folder)
5. Open Beejive and tell me what you get.
If a no.paid.license.found, that might mean you are blacklisted and there’s nothing you can do unless you can spoof your ID.
“Today the team has made it known that he had introduced a blacklist that marks all IDs of devices that have received the application for alternative ways, and all these people will not use the application, even after regularly purchased in AppStore!”
(Translated from Italian with Google Translate, http://nickioc.blogspot.com/)
For people that it did work for (like me :D) We were probably lucky that Beejive didn’t blacklist us for opening the app for the first time, or we quit as soon as that Youtube video popped up.
Hmmm… a Youtube video…. YouTube – BeejiveIM Possible Fix
If you have been wrongfully blacklisted, and can’t find your receipt…
You can try looking for it around the internet. This link got rather good ratings, so it seems trustworthy. Once again, I wouldn’t know if it works or not, nor do I hold responsibility for it. Here’s the download’s description:
This is the cracked version of Beejive IM v2.1.0 for iPhone and iPod Touch. In this version there is supposed to be an anti-piracy block that doesn’t let you use it if you are using a jailbroken device, BUT THERE IS A PATCH SO YOU WON’T GET IT. HOW TO INSTALL: You must have a jailbroken device (the iPod touch 2g is jailbreakable now) You must have the newest firmware You must have the MobileInstallation file patched To get MobileInstallation patch: 1. Open Cydia. 2. Add cydia.hackulo.us as a source. 3. Search MobileInstallion and download it. After you have done that…import this file into iTunes and sync it.
Sadly, Beejive’s efforts were once again thwarted. However, their efforts may usher in a new wave of anti-piracy efforts.
For those of you who’ve had some troubles…
There have been many successful commenters, but there have been equally many unsuccessful ones. Grr. So, naturally, I want to fix this. Try this out. This is just some IDEAS of mine… I have no idea if they work.
- Upgrade to the latest, jailbroken firmware (2.2.1)
- Completely remove beejive.
- Restart your iPod Touch/iPhone.
- Reinstall by whichever method you want.
- Tell me if it works or not. I’ll be watching you. No, really. Do it.
Something else someone mentioned…
The latest version of beejive depends on 2.2.1 to some extent, although its been said that it will work on earlier firmwares. Maybe updating will do something to help. I’m still digging around for answers and better fixes… keep checking this post.
Ok, tell me how this goes. On a side note, this article is getting me 250 hits a day, which is FAR more than any of my other articles have ever gotten me. Thanks a ton, everyone.
Latest fix, as of April 4th, 2009.
Apparently, this method works. This has been confirmed by a few users, so lets hope this works out.
Make a new iTunes account (buy yourself a $0.01 gift card or something) and sync your iPod with this account. After this, try one of the methods above. I recommend the .ipa one, personally. Make sure that if you use the .plist method, you do NOT run Beejive until you’ve updated the .plist file in beejive’s application directory. Making a new account apparently gives you a “second chance” with a new license. The only issue you might find is if you have legitimately purchased apps. You’ll have to either re-purchase them or find .ipa’s for them.
Latest fix, as of May 29, 2009
Wow. awesome guide. thats for all the information
ive got my Beejive working again after using that torrent that you kindly provided. before that i checked Beejive IM didnt have any undeleted old files in my “/private/var/mobile/Applications” directory by first installing ANY version of the application then uninstalling it again.
after which i SSH’d into my ipod and arranged the folders by date so i could easily check that it wasnt present in that directory.
after which i simply downloaded that torrent, (which is completely legit) and synced the ipa over to my ipod. Simple!
Thanks for all the help