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New iTunes Version Blocks the Pre

New iTunes Version Blocks the Pre

It was expected, and here it is. Apple has updated iTunes to 8.2.1 and by doing so, has blocked the ability of the Palm Pre to use iTunes. One of the release notes with regards to the app states:
iTunes 8.2.1 provides a number of important bug fixes and addresses an issue with verification of Apple Devices.
None of this is surprising. One has to wonder what Apple did to block the Palm Pre, as it appeared that Palm was using the hardware ID of an iPod.



In June, Apple warned that the Pre's spoofing wouldn't work for long:
"Apple designs the hardware and software to provide seamless integration of the iPhone and iPod with iTunes, the iTunes Store, and tens of thousands of apps on the App Store. Apple is aware that some third-parties claim that their digital media players are able to sync with Apple software. However, Apple does not provide support for, or test for compatibility with, non-Apple digital media players."
For Pre users, the workaround is simple: don't use the new version of iTunes. That's a workaround; we'll have to see if Palm can come up with a fix, and then the battle will continue.
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What a douchey thing for Apple to do. I say, if there's no way for Apple to use legal means to prevent the Pre from synching with iTunes, then there's no reason for Palm to get medieval on them for this. Bring it on Palm! They should at least be more vitriolic in their PR responses to this.

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Yeah lev it is a douchy move, but I honestly didnt think it would be this long before it happened. My question is why the hell would you use Itunes if you didn't have to.

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Apple's trying to make sure that iTunes will only work with Apple hardware so that they can make a buck on that hardware.

Is this smart? Maybe, maybe not. The average user might never spend enough in the iTunes store to compare to the profit Apple gets per iPod, but Apple would certainly open themselves up to a lot more iTunes business if people could buy from non-Apple devices.

Could they be the next Magnavox? Back in 1972, Magnavox would misleadingly tell people that the Odyssey would only work on Magnavox televisions in an attempt to increase television sales. They had a five-year head start on the likes of Atari and completely screwed it up by not realizing video games potential as an independant arm of business.

Apple needs to decide if their hardware business truly can't support itself, or if they want to make the most money possible in the iTunes store.

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