A report on AP notes that Apple will now allow outside developers to create applications to run on the iPod — this according to an open letter posted by CEO Steve Jobs on its Hot News page. “Apple infuriated developers and some iPhone users when it issued a software update Sept. 27 that disabled unofficial programs installed on the handsets. Until Wednesday, Apple had tried to control which applications consumers had on their iPhones. Now, Jobs said the company intends to release a software development kit in February that will let coders create applications to work directly on the iPhone and the iPod touch.”