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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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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.


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