The iPod is one of the most popular digital music devices in today’s marketplace. The newest versions of the iPod have become more PDA/storage like than ever before. With this new functionality the iPod has recently found its way into the criminal world. With the continued growth of the digital music device market, the iPod’s use in criminal activity will only continue to increase. This paper discusses some of the features of the iPod and how a criminal could use them. A literature review found little or no documentation or discussion on the forensic analysis of the iPod or similar devices. Therefore, this research outlines what should be considered when an iPod is found at the crime scene, and offers a critical analysis of some common forensic tools and their ability to collect and analyze data from an iPod. Suggestions for future research are also provided.
Article originally appeared in: “International Journal of Digital Evidence, V. 4(2005), n. 2. Reprinted with permission of the authors and the publisher