Apple Blocks Palm Pre's iTunes Compatibility - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
Mobile // Mobile Devices
News
7/16/2009
08:41 AM
50%
50%
RELATED EVENTS
Bug Bounty Programs: The 7 Myths, Hackers, & Impact
Dec 07, 2016
Despite thousands of large and small organizations running bug bounty programs, there is still a l ...Read More>>

Apple Blocks Palm Pre's iTunes Compatibility

Apple had warned future versions of its software would disable the ability of the Pre to use iTunes to transfer and manage multimedia files.


(click image for larger view)
Palm Pre Smartphone

Apple has dealt a blow to rival Palm by killing the Pre's ability to sync with iTunes for managing multimedia content.

The Pre is Palm's touch-screen device that it is hoping will help it mount a comeback in the smartphone space. The webOS-powered handset has many features expected in a high-end gadget including Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, and multimedia playback.

One of the convenient factors of the Pre had been its ability to use iTunes to sync and manage media files; the handset would even appear as an iPod in Apple's multimedia software. With the 8.2.1 version of iTunes, however, Apple has disabled this feature saying the update "addresses an issue with verification of Apple devices."

The move is not unexpected, as Apple warned a few weeks ago that newer versions of iTunes would not provide syncing functionality with non-Apple media players.

"If Apple chooses to disable media sync in a future version of iTunes, it will be a direct blow to their users who will be deprived of a seamless synchronization experience," Palm spokesperson Lynn Fox said in response to Apple's warning. "However, people will have options. They can stay with the iTunes version that works to sync their music on their Pre, they can transfer the music via USB, and there are other third-party applications we could consider."

The Pre has received mostly positive reviews, and the webOS operating system has been well-received for its ability to aggregate data from various Web services into a finger-friendly interface. The handset has not been as successful as Apple's smartphone though. Analysts estimate Palm sold about 55,000 units during the Pre's launch weekend. By comparison, Apple sold one million iPhone 3GS units during its debut.


Most companies are just starting the hard work of mobilizing workforces by bringing the software they use to smartphones. InformationWeek analyzed this issue in an independent report, and it can be downloaded here (registration required).

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Top IT Trends to Watch in Financial Services
IT pros at banks, investment houses, insurance companies, and other financial services organizations are focused on a range of issues, from peer-to-peer lending to cybersecurity to performance, agility, and compliance. It all matters.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of November 6, 2016. We'll be talking with the InformationWeek.com editors and correspondents who brought you the top stories of the week to get the "story behind the story."
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll