updated 11:10 pm EDT, Thu October 29, 2009
Palm sync again stopped by iTunes patch
Palm Pre owners tonight discovered that iTunes 9.0.2 once again breaks sync with iTunes. It's unclear what Apple has done to deny a native presence and, unlike with some past iTunes updates, there are no direct allusions to altering compatibility. Users are known to still have use of gateway apps such as DoubleTwist or Missing Sync.
It's expected Palm will at least make an attempt to restore the feature, which it added back with webOS 1.2.1. The company is believed to have set a private goal of restoring sync following every iTunes update until it takes 40 total hours of work to restore the feature. Apple's previous attempt to thwart Palm, in the original iTunes 9 release, may have taken as little as 2.5 hours to defeat.
The Pre's compatibility with iTunes has usually been dependent on Palm's ability to emulate an iPod's native hardware ID, a move that technically violates the USB Implementer Forum's rules.