Apple Warns Palm Pre Users: We're Going To Break Your iTunes Syncing
from the shot-across-the-bow dept
I have to admit that I’ve never really understood Apple’s ongoing efforts to block any sort of compatibility with both iPod devices and iTunes. You may recall a few years back the big fight between Apple and RealNetworks when Real tried to let its software connect to iPods, which Apple treated as a gross injustice. Now Palm is doing the opposite, by letting the Pre connect and sync with iTunes software by making the device pretend it’s an iPod when connected to a computer. Apple, however, has responded with a neat little message that never actually mentions Palm, even if it’s entirely transparent who it’s about, warning people that Apple can easily break syncing when it updates its software. Of course, Apple did it in a way that it can claim wasn’t meant nefariously at all. All the company really meant was to make people understand that it has no control over how the Pre syncs with iTunes, and it’s possible that an update could break that syncing. Sure. Right. Except most people assume this means Apple intends to break it.
But I don’t understand why. For people who bought the Palm Pre, that’s only going to piss them off and drive them to use other software, taking them away from Apple’s products. Why does that help Apple? Having Palm Pre syncing with iTunes increases the value of iTunes. What’s wrong with that, other than being the latest example of Apple’s dislike of anyone doing anything not invented in Cupertino?