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Palm Defies Apple - iTunes Working Again

This is shaping up to be one hell of a war between Apple and Palm. For those of you who have the Palm Pre, you are aware that Apple recently sent out an update to the iTunes software (8.2.1) a few days ago that bricked the Palm Pre’s syncing feature.

It was noted for sometime now that the Pre could sync with the iTunes store based on a hack. And Apple did warn that it could be gone soon. Well they did and Pre owners found out that they could no longer sync with iTunes 8.2.1.

For those wondering, the problem that Apple had with the Pre’s syncing capabilities is the fact it tricked iTunes into thinking it was an iPod. When you connected the Pre to iTunes it would show up as “iPod” and according to the boys at Cupertino, this was unlawful. Apple made no bones about the update, calling Palm by name regarding the reason for the patch to the ever so popular music software.

Well it hasn’t been a good week and already Palm has answered Apple’s challenge. Just today I downloaded webOS version 1.1 and what would you know? iTunes tethering was back. Not only has Palm gone around Apple’s block they have specifically mentioned it as a reason for the update.

So of course everyone is asking what is going to happen next. First I gotta say that Palm has balls to be doing this, but on second their new CEO happens to be the former head of Apple’s iPod division so that could be a factor as to why they are so brazen. Jon probably knows exactly how to deal with Apple. And more importantly, since he was involved with iTunes and iPod for so long, knows all the dirty secrets about it.

I’m not sure what Apple is going to do now, because apparently Palm has made it clear that they are not going to go down without a fight. The only thing I could think of to permanently fix this problem would be for Apple to hard code software recognition into the iPod’s USB connector, and that could be too expensive. There other option is probably to try and sue Palm.

Either way, this is gearing up to be very interesting and its about bloody time. Never seen one of these in the gadget world before. So who are you rooting for? Care to say in the comments below?

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    1. Karl said on July 24, 2009 at 11:48 am

      Wow they’re really going at each other with this. I have an iPhone and iTunes is the only music player I use, but if I had a Pre I would have been really mad about the block. I can’t say I blame Apple though, it’s still their program and they can do what they want with it. I can’t wait to see how this all plays out in the future.

    2. Dotan Cohen said on July 24, 2009 at 3:02 pm

      The iTunes update did not “brick” the Palm, and a single component of a system cannot be “bricked”. Bricking is when a device is rendered unusable and unserviceable, therefore becoming good for nothing but dead weight.

      By the way, tabbing from the textarea takes the user directly to the Submit button, completely passing over the “notify me” checkbox. I didn’t look at the HTML code, but something is wrong there. Are you positioning it with CSS?

    3. Rupert said on July 24, 2009 at 3:32 pm

      Awesome, about time someone stuck two fingers up at Apple and the monopoly they have, it’s totally anti-competitive.

    4. Orrett Morgan said on July 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm

      @ Dotan

      Sorry about the wrong choice of words. You are correct about that.

    5. JoeTF said on July 27, 2009 at 1:09 am

      Funny, what Apple does is illegal in coutries with proper consumer protection and antimonopoly laws.

      If Apple were EU based company, they wouldn’t even think about blocking Palm.

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