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  • iTunes 9.0.2 Shoots Down Another Palm Pre Invasion


    Apple has officially updated iTunes to version 9.0.2 and once again killed sync capabilities with the Palm Pre.

    Although iTunes will be able to communicate with the new Apple TV 3.0 software update for either Windows or Mac users, Apple appears more committed than ever to fending off attempts from the Palm Pre to encroach on iTunes territory.

    According to Apple Insider:

    Continuing the back-and-forth battle between Palm and Apple, the latest update also reportedly disables the ability of the Pre to sync with iTunes, according to Precentral.net. With the latest update, iTunes will allegedly launch when a Pre is connected to a computer via USB, but the handset does not show up as a device in the sidebar.
    If it isn't clear by now, this tech tug of war isn't going going to end without definitive legal action determining what both companies can do and how they can interact with one another. Otherwise, we're bound to see the continuing game of Palm updating its phones to confuse iTunes into syncing music, only to be followed by another update from Apple to prevent Palm's latest update from working.

    Its like dancing the tango to music that never ends.

    Palm believes that Apple's prevention of non-sanctioned devices from communicating with its iTunes media software is unfair, and it appealed to the USB Implementers Forum in an effort to have the iPhone maker's practices reversed. But the USB-IF instead sided with Apple in September, noting that iTunes' method of identifying Apple devices was within the consortium's rules.
    Notwithstanding the harsh words and intimations of the USB-IF, Palm has not changed course from its penchant for going rogue. And even though this is the third time (correct me if I'm wrong) that Apple has once again been forced to erect a barrier to Pre's ability to sync with iTunes, it will probably be only a matter of time before Palm responds with another update of its own.

    Can't we all just get along?

    Image via my Pre
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iTunes 9.0.2 Shoots Down Another Palm Pre Invasion started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. metaserph's Avatar
      metaserph -
      It's called "intellectual property" and having sole rights to it is what ensures companies continue investing in R&D, what brings the new gadgets to market. A business function protected by law afforded to all businesses. So, for a few more years Apple decides who it licenses it's iTunes to. How to play nice? Do what MS did to bring it to Windows. Pay a licensing fee or enter licensing agreement. Simple.
      These are business decisions basic to operating a profitable operation. Regardless of the "altruistic" view we wish to embue our favorite providers, the bottom line IS the bottom line.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      I would prefer someone to purchase my devices to work with my software, but hey if you can't lead a horse to water you can still sell them podcasts
    1. sphangman's Avatar
      sphangman -
      Palm is in the wrong .. period .. Apple has spent lots of time and money developing itunes why should it share ? There are many, many other phones that sync with your music that you have brought on itunes but WITHOUT using itunes (nokia media centre for example) , it is not palms right to use software it didn't write. Apple has left open the database so that anyone can access the information on your music/video etc. If you spent years building a car to transport things from the city to your house, does that mean that everyone else has the right to use that car ? ok so slightly shaky analogy but you can see the point....
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      i wonder how long palm is gonna keep this up?