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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 cdwilliams1 on 7/24/2009 11:43:27 AM , Rating: -1
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? 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? This kind of arms race can lead to all sorts of compatibility issues. They really just should have tied in to WMP or worked out some kind of deal with Amazon or something. Shoehorning in with a hack really is a disservice to your users. Especially when trying to launch a product to save your company. Palm could have handled this better.


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
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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.

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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).

-Dan


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.


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