Apple Kills iTunes Sync For Palm Pre
July 15, 2009 7:04 PM
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Apple has killed the Palm Pre's ability to sync with iTunes in cold blood, with its latest software update.
Don't install this iTunes update if you own a Palm Pre -- it will kill the phone's ability to easily sync with your library.
Leave it to Apple to rain on everyone's parade
Apple doesn't take kindly to would-be usurpers to its status of the highest tech (and bestselling) smart phone on the market. It has threatened to
take legal action
against those who violate its mobile multi-touch patent that it was awarded.
Now it has taken action to try to kill the potential of the Palm Pre before it gains significant market share. One of the key features of the Pre was its ability to
sync effortlessly with iTunes
, via firmware support. As the majority of MP3 players on the market are iPods and most people have their music libraries on iTunes, this was an attractive feature as it made for a painless import of your music library.
However, Apple will not let the threat to its smart phone empire stand and
true to its word
an iTunes update that kills the feature -- iTunes 8.2.1. The release notes describe, "iTunes 8.2.1 provides a number of important bug fixes and addresses an issue with verification of Apple devices."
Sure enough, the update kills the Palm Pre's iTunes syncing via the Media Sync option. Unfortunately for Apple, though, the update can't lock out doubleTwist and The Missing Sync, and other applications which offer similar syncing for smart phones. Palm is actively advertising these apps as work arounds.
Palm stuck by its previous statement when asked for comment, remarking, "Palm's media sync works with iTunes 8.2. If Apple chooses to disable media sync in iTunes, it will be a direct blow to their users who will be deprived of a seamless synchronization experience. However, people will have options. They can stay with the iTunes version that works to sync their music on their Pre, they can transfer the music via USB, and there are other third-party applications we can consider."
A simple way for Pre users to keep the good syncing rolling is to not update iTunes. Those who installed the update can delete iTunes and find an older version online.
Apple has proved merciless in its enforcement efforts in the past. From
suing Mac cloners
out of existence to
bricking customers' iPhones
who left the AT&T network, Apple has done its best to stick it to those buy its hardware but refuse to do its bidding. In the MP3 player and online music market, however, where Apple enjoys virtual monopolies, one must wonder how much longer it can practice such anticompetitive tactics before its hit with antitrust fines and regulation as
Intel and Microsoft have been
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RE: Any this is why I'm slowly phasing Apple out of my life.
7/15/2009 8:38:39 PM
I totally agree with everyone's hatred for iTunes and that's why I did something about it, I switched to Winamp, (w/ the iPod/iPhone plug-in), and I have never looked back.
I'm not sure if you,
"fellow haters of iTunes"
, are aware of this or not, but Winamp not only allows you to interface with your iPod/iPhones in the exact same ways as iTunes, (which is a shit program anyways), but it also includes many features iTunes doesn't, including having complete control of your iPod/iPhone, (something iTunes just won't let you do).
Trust me guys if everyone stopped using iTunes, (which is a shit program anyways), Apple would finally get a fucking clue, and realize that their customers don't appreciate their over the top controlling practices.
RE: Any this is why I'm slowly phasing Apple out of my life.
7/16/2009 12:40:15 AM
I have been using Winamp for over 12+ years now, The Plugin system makes it incredibly powerful. (Think... Firefox extensions for a Music program.)
I have never had iTunes installed on any of my computers, in-fact I haven't ever owned an Apple product to this day, these days I use my Phone as an MP3 player, before that I used the Creative Zen because I didn't need software to upload my music onto the MP3 player.
I have "Used" iTunes before, once or twice in-fact, and I hated every moment of it, for instance one thing I hated is if you plugged in an iPod to transfer songs to, then later you plug in a different iPod it will delete all the music on the second iPod. (If there is a setting for that... god shoot me, it's the most stupid "feature" known to man kind!)
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