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iTunes 9 breaks Pre sync, no problems for jailbroken iPhones

updated 06:15 pm EDT, Wed September 9, 2009

Apple prevents Palm Pre sync with latest iTunes

Apple has made sure to prevent Palm Pre owners from syncing their smartphones with the iTunes 9 update released Wednesday, according to several user reports posted on PreCentral's forums. The company has worked to prevent compatibility, starting with iTunes 8.2.1, after publishing a technical note warning users that third party phones would not be able to sync.

Despite Apple's efforts to block Palm's devices, the company has not prevented jailbroken iPhones from syncing with iTunes 9. Forum posts on ModMyi suggest the software is still compatible with iPhone firmware v3.0, although the developers are still working on jailbreaking v3.1.

iTunes 9 offers a variety of new features including expanded full-album content and Genius recommendations for apps. Users can now manage app arrangements for the iPhone or iPod touch without leaving the iTunes interface.

Palm Pre owners can still sync music using other software such as DoubleTwist and The Missing Sync. It remains unknown if Palm will attempt to reestablish sync support with a Pre firmware update. The device had been able to sync with earlier versions of iTunes by tricking the software into believing an iPod was attached.

by MacNN Staff



  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The biyataches are in tears again...

    whining and bawling about how mean Apple is being to them. If they want to use iTunes that badly they should just dump their Pres and get an iPhone. Palm really needs to build it's own synching app and then Palm owners wouldn't have to fret when the plug is being pulled on them.

  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Just like that

    Another 200K lost in sales for Palm doing a stupid hack to leech off iTunes for whatever stupid reason.

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Lack of leadership

    Palm's leadership is weak and short-sighted in taking this tact of "stealing" iTunes access while also spinning a public smear campaign on "bully" Apple. A company of Apple's magnitude and popularity is not going to be threatened in such manners.

    I mean, do you really think someone is going to purposely buy a Pre because Apple is trying to prevent it from using "your" iTunes?!

    I feel the Pre has some very strong features, some I'd like to see in the iPhone...perhaps. But actually holding one in your hand. as well as seeing these tactics, smacks of a desperate company cutting corners at every turn in an attempt to survive...a poor plan from the start!

  1. DarkVader

    Joined: Dec 1969


    time for a lawsuit

    It's really time for Palm to sue Apple for restraint of trade, and time for Pre users to start filing unauthorized use of a computer criminal charges on Apple.

    iTunes has historically been able to support 3rd party devices, it's only recently that Apple has started blocking other devices from working.

    It's criminal behavior on Apple's part - the computer is mine, the software it's running is mine, and Apple thinks it's ok to break it? Um, no.

    I'm not ok with Apple's behavior here - and I don't own a Pre, I have an iPhone.

  1. brainiac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    owning vs licensing

    For anyone complaining about software changing to allow or disallow functionality and the perception that it is criminal, get a clue. First, you are licensing the right to use the software, you do not own the software so Apple is not breaking your property. Second, by the logic you provide would it then be criminal when new versions of software stop supporting old versions of computers and OSs? I 'own' iPhoto, but the latest version does not support my computer/OS, should I sue? Are you suggesting that Apple is sneaking onto people's computers and modifying code so that installed versions of iTunes that currently work with the Pre are being broken or do you just think that it is not fair that the new, separate version of iTunes excludes the Pre?

    Or am I just oblivious to sarcasm?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Just like that

    Another 200K lost in sales for Palm doing a stupid hack to leech off iTunes for whatever stupid reason.

    How is this causing 200K in lost sales?

    Are you saying that Palm would have gotten the sales because of the iTunes hack, but now that it is broken again, the sales will go away? That would indicate that 'leeching' off of iTunes improved their sales, not diminished them, and thus they'd be going back to where they should have been if they made their own solution.

    Unless you think people are buying a Pre only because it syncs with iTunes. At which point, it also would indicate that it was a smart move to try to use itunes.

  1. dthree

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Palm is pushing the issue

    I think palm is trying to get this into court. If people can use the software mentioned in the post to sync, then why do they need to worry about iTunes directly supporting pre syncing?

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