From it’s launch early last June, Palm Pre owners have enjoyed a small luxury formerly exclusive to iPod/iPhone users; the ability to sync their devices with iTunes. Unfortunately this has come to an end with the release of Apple’s 8.2.1 update of iTunes disables the Pre’s ability to sync up and in Apple’s patch notes it reads “iTunes 8.2.1 provides a number of important bug fixes and addresses an issue with verification of Apple devices“.
On top of that, according to BusinessWeek, Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris said “It also disables devices falsely pretending to be iPods, including the Palm Pre. As we’ve said before, newer versions of Apple’s iTunes software may no longer provide syncing functionality with unsupported digital media players.”
Diabolical! Hopefully Palm has another trick up it’s sleeve. Perhaps some other companies will try this kind of iPod spoofing in the future as well. I would really like to see more interoperability with devices and iTunes. Apple continuously takes steps to ensure that their equipment and software are exclusive. I think that this behavior is counterproductive to the users of these devices and iTunes needs to be more accepting of devices that people want to use. I have the same issue, iTunes works as the best podcast retrieval software I have found (I have tried some others and am open to suggestions), though I still have to go and manually load them onto my device. It is really only a couple extra steps but I’d appreciate the functionality of the iTunes/iPod combo without actually having to purchase an Apple product.