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Apple has a new update for iTunes, version 8.2.1, which fixes plenty of bugs along with one major thing - it blocks devices that pretend to be iPods from syncing with an iTunes library.
Apple clearly points out the Palm Pre when it talks about impersonating devices. Apple told Businessweek:
“iTunes 8.2.1 is a free software update that provides a number of important bug fixes,” says Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris. “It also disables devices falsely pretending to be iPods, including the Palm Pre. As we’ve said before, newer versions of Apple’s iTunes software may no longer provide syncing functionality with unsupported digital media players."
Everyone knew this was coming since the day we figured out the Palm Pre would sync with iTunes, so it's no big surprise. There has been no official comment from Palm about the matter, but Businessweek claims that a spokeswoman was stating that the company will be looking into the matter.
The entire situation is just a back-and-forth tug-of-war, since both Palm and Apple have been passive aggressively sniping at each other over patents for multi-touch screen technology and other matters. Palm will most likely have a workaround for this within a few days, since it expected this to happen, after all, they did cross into Apple territory.
But for Palm Pre owners, there are some easy solutions. The obvious one is to not update iTunes. The other is to use a program called DoubleTwist, which lets you sync your entire iTunes media library on any device. The last option is to transfer music via USB.
Apple may have won this fight, but the war is far from over.