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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: Lawsuit time
By robinthakur on 7/27/2009 7:47:02 AM , Rating: 2
Not really, I think its more unethical of Palm to sell the Pre making a big deal about how it can sync with iTunes when they are using this dodgy exploit to do it, not even using the API. Ultimately with this whole cat and mouse patching game it will make the ability to sync with iTunes without hassle impossible unless you've updated to the latest firmware etc which a lot of non-technical users don't do. i.e. pretty much the functionality of a jailbroken iPhone!

I actually don't think this is the same issue that MS cvame up against in their anti-trust suit. iTunes has never been proposed as a standard, in the same way Windows has it just happens that iPod + iTunes is the most popular mp3 store/music management/mp3 players out there. There is other competition you know, from Amazon et al. Why dont Palm just create their own syncing store/program app liking to Amazon and do things properly rather than hack it to work?

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