updated 02:30 pm EDT, Wed July 15, 2009
iTunes 8.2.1 update
(Updated with Palm Pre and The Missing Sync info) Apple has posted a minor update to iTunes, bringing the software to v8.2.1. Release notes only describe the patch as providing "a number of important bug fixes," as well as correcting an "issue with verification of Apple devices." It is unknown therefore if the update addresses problems with iPods, iPhones, Apple TVs or all three.
The Mac upgrade is approximately 79.1MB, and can be downloaded from Software Update or the Apple website. The Windows version is roughly 85.01MB, due to the bundling of QuickTime video components. Apple notes that the last update to iTunes was released on June 1st, paving the way for iPhone 3.0 firmware.
Update: Less than an hour into the availability of v8.2.1, reports say that it breaks sync with the Palm Pre. The smartphone is unique in being the only third-party option to sync directly with iTunes; it does this, however, by fooling the program into treating a Pre as an iPod. Apple has warned in the past that future patches could disrupt the Pre's sync technology.
Despite the reported problems with directly syncing the Pre with iTunes, Mark/Space has clarified that its software, The Missing Sync, continues to support the latest version of Apple's software. The application can be used to sync music, podcasts and ringtones, while the APIs are said to be approved by Apple.