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July 17, 2009

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In my second post about jerk moves today, Apple quietly updated iTunes this week to disallow non-Apple devices, specifically the new Palm Pre, from syncing with iTunes. Having said that, it’s actually somewhat of a snappy comeback from Jobs’ corporate geeks, seeing as Palm had been marketing the Pre as a “seamless” sync device, masking it to pop up as an Apple device when you connected it to iTunes. While I understand that Apple wouldn’t want non-Apple devices able to use iTunes, as then you’d have other choices of devices beyond iPhones and iPods, but I’m really surprised they’re that worried. Seeing as Sprint is hardly doing a good job at keeping customers, I’m not sure that Apple has that much to worry about. Granted, I’ve not gotten a chance to play with a Pre yet, but I doubt it would make me give up my iPhone 3G and switch network providers. It’s a fair bit cheaper to own a Pre, but well, it just seems ugly and a bit tacky. It’s also on a smaller network, and hardly has the customizability of a smartphone that has an app store which already has 1.5 billion downloads.

In the same way that Russian cosmonauts apparently used pencils while the Americans spent millions to develop pens that would work in space, Sprint has said that while Apple may have fixed iTunes with 8.2.1, there’s no reason its Pre users can’t use 8.2.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. andrewjshults permalink
    July 18, 2009 2:19 am

    After demoing a Pre in a Sprint store the other day – I’d say the platform has the potential to be the best mobile OS out there. Currently it’s still rough, but Palm really thought through how a mobile interface should be designed. The Pre’s card system is probably the best system for dealing with multiple applications on a small screen. It’s worth going and playing with one just to see that system. While the iPhone certainly has quite a few advantages, it is currently the only major smartphone platform that doesn’t support third party multitasking (and the current push notification system can hardly be counted as a decent solution – only one notification that is bumped out of the way by more recent updates and requires the 3rd party to run a server to send notifications?) Is this a deal breaker for most users? Probably not, but even the very dated WM5.0 and BB4.x platforms allow you to keep any application running while viewing others – something that can come in handy when doing work from your phone. Lets hope that Apple doesn’t make iPhone users wait for another full OS update to get a decent multitasking (or at least multiple notification) system.

    As for Palm and the iTunes sync issue – iTunes for Windows is pretty damn horrible anyways, but I’m sure they’ll figure out a way to make it work again. I mean, a 15 year old jailbroke OSX3 mobile in a few days.

  2. Saurabh permalink
    July 21, 2009 2:52 pm

    Apple has its highest revenue from iTunes. Downloading and paying a $ for song turns into a big bucks online. Thus iTunes sync with other devices enables apple to capture even bigger market.

    • Mike permalink*
      July 22, 2009 5:47 pm

      Yeah, I know, but Apple’s not letting other devices connect; that’s the point…


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