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Original post by: Josh Calvetti ,


Call me crazy, but your best bet would be to jailbreak and install SBSettings.  That application is always available by a swipe on top of the menu bar.  It allows you to quit an app without using the home button.

Of course, you can certainly try to replace the home button- but, having taken apart a first generation Touch myself, I know from experience that it is a very difficult repair.