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We would have gotten away with blocking out syncing if it wasn't for those meddling OS updates!

Early last week Apple rolled out iTunes 8.2.1, a sneaky little update with a hidden agenda -- to kill the Palm Pre's syncing with Apple's iTunes software.  As the owner of the majority of the MP3 player market, Apple's iPods can only officially sync with iTunes.  This means that most users, for better or worse, use iTunes and have all their music preloaded into it.  Thus it was an attractive feature for the Pre automatically sync with iTunes, with no messy importing or folder-searching necessary.

Apple managed to block that feature for a bit, but not for long.  Palm has now released webOS 1.1.0, an update to the Palm Pre's operating system.  The update does many nice things; among them it unblocks iTunes and restores syncing.  Palm innocently describes the one-up stating that the update "resolves an issue preventing media sync from working with latest version of iTunes (8.2.1)."

Other improvements include proper deletion of emails via push, smoother list scrolling, new drop-down animations, corrected folders within IMAP Gmail accounts, and faster application load times.  The other big improvements are the addition of emoticons and Microsoft Exchange.  Palm also has released its 31st application for the phone -- NFL Mobile Live for watching games and audio from the device.

It seems a natural question to ask how long it will take before Apple releases iTunes 8.2.2 and tries to lock out the Pre once more.  However, as the latest update goes to show for all the embarrassment that its anticompetitive tactics bring, locking the Pre out of iTunes may be a losing battle.

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By Murst on 7/24/2009 11:20:54 AM , Rating: 4
If Palm keeps this up with all of these constant updates to the OS ( even if Apple somehow manages to block it out of iTunes ), I'm sure they'll have a great device.

My contract w/ T-mobile runs out in April, and hopefully by then they'll have WebOS devices with carriers other than Sprint. I could care less if I stay w/ T-mobile after April, but I don't really want to switch to Sprint.

RE: Nice
By brybir on 7/24/2009 11:32:09 AM , Rating: 2
I am also looking to grab one of these or similar webOS phone in the coming months.

Where I am from only a few carriers have 3g coverage and Sprint is not one of them (U.S. Cellular is the only "larger one", but needless to say I am not exactly in an urban area). It would be nice to get this phone on U.S. Cellular if possible.

One requirement I have is that I can replace the battery. I am often "out in the field" so to speak and can be away from any source of power for the large part of the day and it is critical that my phone be availible at all times. That is probably the only reason that I did not get an iPhone a year or so ago. But now that I have seen a few friends with the Palm Pre I am totally sold on it.

RE: Nice
By cdwilliams1 on 7/24/09, Rating: -1
RE: Nice
By Murst on 7/24/2009 11:46:26 AM , Rating: 3
I was under the impression that it already works with WMP and Amazon...

Apple seems to be the only company trying to lock other users out. I'm sure all of the other music stores actually *want* compatibility with devices.

RE: Nice
By adiposity on 7/24/2009 12:07:05 PM , Rating: 5
I don't know about that. Do you want a device that only sometimes works with the features it advertises and requires constantly updating to keep a feature working

Or, do you want a software that is constantly updating itself with the sole intention of blocking some phone that you don't give a crap about?

They can already sync with WMP, by the way. This is just added compatibility with iTunes. Since WMP is not usually on Macs, this compatibility is important.

What if updating your Pre to the latest version to get media sync working again breaks one of your other apps that isn't yet updated for the new webos version?

That would suck. But do we have any information that they have done that? I presume they keep the apps compatible as best they can, otherwise the updates would not be worth installing regularly, as it sounds they plan for them to be (unlike updates to windows mobile, these sound more like iPod or PS3 updates...adding features, full backwards compatibility).


RE: Nice
By robinthakur on 7/27/2009 7:55:04 AM , Rating: 2
The way I see it, Apple is a publically-quoted company and certainly should not be doing Palm any favours at this juncture seeing as the Pre poses the biggest threat to iPhone domination of the phone market. Granted its not quite there yet, but certainly it has the potential to not suck like the rest of them...

Apple is doing what it can to erase one of the selling points of the Pre, namely *easy* syncing with iTunes. I didn't realise that an API even existed for non Apple devices to sync with iTunes. Firstly why on earth do Apple allow this? Secondly, why isn't Palm using this instead, or actually building its own software? I think it would undermine my faith in the phone if it had to use a third party application to be able to sync it, which may or may not work.

RE: Nice
By tviceman on 7/24/2009 2:34:35 PM , Rating: 2
I've had sprint since '99 - so I can say with certainty that their service all around has improved dramatically in the past year and a half.

RE: Nice
By T2k on 7/24/2009 5:22:55 PM , Rating: 2
Same thing here except I DO care about staying with TMO - they have the nicest CS and lowest prices w/ least amount of ripoff fees.

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