Apple: No more iTunes for Palm’s Pre

Cupertino (CA) – Apple today released an update for its iTunes software, which shuts out devices that pretend to be an iPod or iPhone. Of course, the new iTunes mainly targets Palm’s Pre smartphone, which has been able to attach itself to Apple’s media store and.
The new iTunes 8.2.1 is certain to draw the ire of Palm Pre users, which are now apparently locked out of iTunes. Of course, Apple’s marketing staff has a much nicer way of saying that: iTunes “addresses an issue with verification of Apple devices,” we read. Oh, and “iTunes 8.2.1 provides a number of important bug fixes” as well.

There is no other information on the 77.30 MB software package that, at least for now, should be avoided by Palm Pre owners.

Palm isn’t happy about the move, but mentioned that Apple may be hurting itself. “If Apple chooses to disable media sync in iTunes, it will be a direct blow to their users who will be deprived of a seamless synchronization experience,” Palm spokesman Lynn Fox told the Wall Street Journal. “However, people will have options,” which include using previous versions of iTunes that are still Pre-compatible.”

An Apple spokesman explained that “as we’ve said before, newer versions of Apple’s iTunes software may no longer provide syncing functionality with unsupported digital media players.”

Apple’s new iTunes confirms that there has been no agreement between Apple and Palm that would enable the Pre to access iTunes. It seems that Jon Rubinstein, a former Apple executive who was recently appointed CEO at Palm, may have to put in some overtime and spring for a few dinners with his former colleagues to put an agreement (which seems a bit unlikely at this time anyway) in place.