iTunes 9 breaks Palm Pre syncing

September 11, 2009 at 9:25 PM Leave a comment

In a move that should surprise no one, iTunes 9, released yesterday, prevents the Palm Pre from syncing music. This is an ongoing battle between Palm and Apple: Palm released the Pre smartphone with the ability to be recognized by iTunes, allowing users to transfer their (non-DRMed) music. Apple countered by breaking this functionality, and not long after, Pre came out with their own “bug fix,” which restored it.

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Palm initially worked its way by having the Pre identify itself as a mass storage device, then by having the device identify itself (via it’s USB connection) as a device created by Apple. Perhaps anticipating a complaint by Apple to the group that oversees the use of the Universal Serial Bus, Palm filed a complaint saying it was Apple who was misusing USB, and restricting other companies unfairly.

No word yet on how Apple has plugged what they see as a hole, but I imagine that the Palm engineers are coding away, looking for another workaround.

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