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Microsoft improves Vista iPod compatibility

updated 01:55 pm EDT, Wed March 28, 2007

Vista ups iPod support

Microsoft has released a patch for its Windows Vista operating system that improves compatibility with Apple's iPod portable media player. The patch is designed to fix an issue that left iPods vulnerable to corruption when Vista users selected the operating system's Safely Remove Hardware option to eject the device, according to Apple repaired several incompatibilities with Windows Vista in the latest revision of its iTunes software, but suggested that users gravitate toward the 'eject' functionality with in its own iTunes application to safely remove an iPod under Windows Vista.

by MacNN Staff




  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hard decision:

    Use the software that is guaranteed to work with the device, or a less than tried-and-true method. Unless you're using the iPod only as an external drive, how often could this be the issue for people? The eject from iTunes is a one-click process whereas working from the bottm bar (whatever the term for it is nowadays) requires 2, 3, or more.

    With that in mind, it doesn't seem like much of a decision at all.

  1. SubPop

    Joined: Dec 1969


    windows functionality...

    Unless you're using the iPod only as an external drive, how often could this be the issue for people?

    That's hardly the point. There shouldn't have to be a choice that results in data corruption (except maybe the "unplug without doing anything" choice)

    Old habits die hard - especially those who've been using their iPods with Windows XP/2000 and become used to the "safely remove" feature. This is a functionality in Windows that users SHOULD be used to using, rather than the iTunes eject feature, simply from dealing with other types of hardware.

    Also, the fact that the little icon with it's bubble message is always up on the system tray (the "bottom bar") can make it confusing.

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