Pre to support iTunes syncing

Pre to support iTunes syncing
We have to admit, we didn't see this one coming.  After promising never-before-speculated features Palm delivered at the first day of D7, revealing that the Pre will not only be capable of syncing with iTunes (provided its not DRM content), but that iTunes will actually recognize it as an Apple device!  This may very well be a key piece of dethroning the iPhone; for as many flaws as it has the seamless syncing capabilities is one of the major selling points of Apple's hardware.  With an advanced OS, and now iTunes support, the Pre looks to keep swinging and hitting it out of the park, much to the chagrin of Apple.  Palm went on to say that they don't forsee future iTunes updates breaking this compatibility.

The interview also produces some other interesting tidbits.  At launch there will only be a handful of apps through the App Catalog, though personally we'd expect to see that number grow rather quickly.  Palm admitted that it has made SDK access scarse in order to keep the quality high, and while it has hundreds of developers on board now they also have thousands of applications queued.  They also confirmed that they are at full production and delivering shipments to Sprint daily, but that they still expect demand to outpace supply.  With the launch just over a week away we wonder who will be first in line.

source: All Things D



1. bigfanboyred

Posts: 141; Member since: Jan 17, 2009

1st. sounds good.

2. souleater93

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 20, 2009

if apple doesn't give palm permission to allow the pre to be recognized as an apple device. Couldn't that mean that palm could be sued by apple for breach of copyright laws or something like that? lets say its true and apple did give permission than does this mean that apple and palm are working together and possibly lead to a partnership or a partial or full buyout?

3. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Probably. iTunes was mainly meant to sync with Apple devices only, so they could be sued. But if Apple did give them permission then they are probably the dumbest company. The buyout thing is highly unlikely though. But if Apple is not happy with the fact that Palm Pre would be recognized as an Apple device, and if they don't/can't sue, they can probably update iTunes so that it's incompatible with the pre (if that's what they want).

4. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

iTunes does sync with more than just Apple products as Apple give a list of compatible players here... Creative Labs and SONICBlue mp3 players are the main ones but they do not pose a threat like the Pre does. For Apple it means more people buy DRM free music through iTunes but less sales of the actual hardware. I think we will see an update to iTunes in the furture that will somehow block the Pre as I'm not sure why Apple would have given the OK for Palm to do this.

5. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Yea I think it's a majority of mass storage units. I really wouldn't be surprised to see Apple come out with a new version of iTunes aimed at blocking the Pre though. It does create some competition which is good for us, not neccessarily so for Apple...

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