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Palm confirms Pre sync with iTunes, iPhoto

updated 04:10 pm EDT, Thu May 28, 2009

Palm Pre and iTunes iPhoto

Palm at the D7 event today confirmed that the Pre and likely other webOS phones will sync with Apple software. Running a live demo on stage, Palm's Paul Cousino showed the Pre being recognized in iTunes as a "device" that could sync all but FairPlay-protected music as though it were an iPod. The feature works on both Macs and Windows PCs; on Macs, it can also pull photos from iPhoto and sync those through iTunes.

Other features that have rarely been discussed have also been shown at the gathering, including an ability to search Twitter through the same universal search used for content on the Pre and for Google searches. However, the App Catalog for third-party software is only expected to have about 12 programs when the Pre goes on sale June 6th.

The demo also gave Palm board chairman Jon Rubinstein to explain the Apple influence on the company and the Pre in particular. Formerly one of the primary executives behind the iPod, Rubinstein contended that his experience at Apple was essential and that it has informed much of the company's revived approach to design.

"I worked with Steve for many years and learned a tremendous amount from him, the value of user experience and design -- taste," he said. "I also learned the idea of great marketing... on the engineering side, I helped created the engineering culture at Apple so obviously, the engineering culture at Palm bears some similarities to it."

He wouldn't address the possibility of legal ramifications from integrating the Pre with Apple software but did acknowledge that Apple, as well as BlackBerry designer RIM, were the primary competitors. Elevation Partners co-founder and Palm supporter Roger McNamee also accused Apple of being monopolist and argued it isn't likely to break Palm sync on purpose. iTunes sync by itself recognizes Apple's "market dominance" in online music, and customers can't be forced to use particular devices for their music, he said.

To underscore its competitive stance, Palm preceded its D7 appearance with a video with McNamee and Rubinstein claiming that the Pre "eats iPhones for breakfast."

by MacNN Staff



  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Anyone else think that Palm is trying to start up a rivarly with Apple?

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Not really. I do think that everyone should be able to sync to iTunes (excluding the DRMed files).

  1. malax

    Joined: Dec 1969



    In context "and it eats iPhones for breakfast" was clearly being put in the category of "things you can't say because they aren't true."

  1. ff11

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: ironic

    It looks like the pre may be a good product, and historically I have liked Palm as a company (from the old palm pilot days). But their executives make some incredibly stupid comments. Guys, bravado carry you so far.

  1. bogmonster

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'm looking forward to it

    So many folks stumbling around trying to turn their phones into their old PDAs....all these kludges from missing sync to notifylink are never quite what these users have been looking for.

    The Treo and Centro never cut it, so hopefully this fills the gap. Power to 'em!

    Will there be a GSM version?

  1. resuna

    Joined: Dec 1969


    How about Palm Desktop?

    s**** turn my phone into my old PDA, I just want to keep on using my old PDA on two Macs. Back when I was using Palm Hotsync I could sync my Palm with my PC and my Mac and another PC and it Just Worked. But they dropped Hotsync with Intel Macs and I've been having to use Missing Sync, and Missing Sync is no Hotsync. :(

  1. akulavolk

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What does the Pre eat for lunch?

  1. pmalos

    Joined: Dec 1969


    palm == disappointment

    Good luck Palm, but have you ever had a Palm device that didn't end up being a deep disappointment? Have you ever had one that would really sync well, even with Palm's own software.

  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iPhone syncs contacts....

    The iPhone syncs contacts from mobileme as well as calendar events.

  1. tmedia1

    Joined: Dec 1969


    good info

    this is good info to know and I'm surprised it hasn't been discussed more...

    If I get a Pre, it will HAVE to sync with my calendar, music, photos, & browser. This should be a priority Mr. Rubenstein!

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