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Released yesterday, Apple’s iTunes 8.2.1 update is purported to fix some minor bugs. Altruistic, sure. But Palm Pre users are likely to agree that Apple’s intentions are perhaps a bit more nefarious. In a move that many rightly predicted was only a matter of time, Apple has banned the iPhone’s nemesis from synchronization with iTunes.
Apple had hinted before that the music may not last forever for Pre users and third-party manufacturers.
“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 and, because software changes over time, newer versions of Apple’s iTunes software may no longer provide syncing functionality with non-Apple digital media players.”
Prior to 8.2.1, Palm was able to trick Apple’s hugely popular music software into believing that the Pre was a music-hungry iPod. While Pre users weren’t able to synchronize songs purchased through Apple’s music store, the ability to seamlessly synchronize everything else in their iTunes library with the Palm device was undoubtedly appealing.
If you’re a Pre user, don’t fret too much. Simply resist Apple’s friendly request to upgrade you to the latest and greatest iTunes version, and your Pre will live to synch another day. If you already succumbed to the pulsating ‘Download iTunes’ prompt, there are several easily Google-able workarounds available.