updated 06:15 pm EDT, Wed September 9, 2009
Apple prevents Palm Pre sync with latest iTunes
Apple has made sure to prevent Palm Pre owners from syncing their smartphones with the iTunes 9 update released Wednesday, according to several user reports posted on PreCentral's forums. The company has worked to prevent compatibility, starting with iTunes 8.2.1, after publishing a technical note warning users that third party phones would not be able to sync.
Despite Apple's efforts to block Palm's devices, the company has not prevented jailbroken iPhones from syncing with iTunes 9. Forum posts on ModMyi suggest the software is still compatible with iPhone firmware v3.0, although the developers are still working on jailbreaking v3.1.
iTunes 9 offers a variety of new features including expanded full-album content and Genius recommendations for apps. Users can now manage app arrangements for the iPhone or iPod touch without leaving the iTunes interface.
Palm Pre owners can still sync music using other software such as DoubleTwist and The Missing Sync. It remains unknown if Palm will attempt to reestablish sync support with a Pre firmware update. The device had been able to sync with earlier versions of iTunes by tricking the software into believing an iPod was attached.