Palm Used USB Trickery to Re-enable iTunes Sync on Pre

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Khaled

the USB-IF told Palm to explain themselves .. seriously Palm, how hard it is to make a simple script that syncs with the iTunes library? RIM is doing it.

 

It's like nVidia blocking PhysX on ATI ...

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Tekzel

Apple is such a pack of bitches.  They seriously need some slapping around.

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Caboose

I really think that the EU needs to come down on Apple pretty damn hard about iTunes and the fact that you are FORCED to sync only w/an iPod, and the fact that MacOS users are FORCED to use Safari. Heck, if they'll clamp down on Microsoft for stupid shit, why not Apple!

 

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jeffhex

I've been able to sync my BlackBerry Pearl with my iTunes collection for some time now. It's not just iPods. That's a lie.

 Of course... I don't use iTunes to do tha sync. But why should that matter? I don't use Windows Media Player to share my video collection around that house, either.

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nekollx

 um my mac uses firefox i'm no more forced then MS and IE...thoug hthe EU dud crack down on that...

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Founck

I love it when the man sticks it to the other man.

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Vegan

If there's one thing that makes me mad, it's updates that were only rolled out to block out something that most people weren't involved in. All those PSP updates that you're forced to sit through because of modders, and this iTunes thing... These companies waste MY time doing updates and reboots when I didn't do anything wrong.

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mesiah

While I am all for palm forcing their way into apples territory and making it easier for other companies to get a foothold in the market, I have a bad feeling about the latest tactic. I don't know enough about the USB standard to know what is and is not allowed, but palm may have given apple just enough room for a legal battle by using apples vendor id. However, if apple does sue I think palm should use it to the advantage and run with it in their advertising. Apple has been using every trick in the book to make sure they get every penny of profit from consumers. They do everything they can to make their software and equipment proprietary and block any other manufacturers from adding their own flavor to the technology. People talk about microsoft and other big companies, but I think apple is the king of anti-competitive practices. But they can get away with it as long as they have a small market share. But that is no longer the case in the world of digital media and I sincerely hope they start feeling the backlash. I know plenty of tech savy people who felt they had no option but to buy an ipod  because of itunes and their proprietary file format. Apple has finally caved and allowed DRM free downloads, but its about time they allow easy file transfers like every other company in the industry.

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big_montana

I do not use iTunes, and I have an iPod and a Pre. I use media Monkey to synch bopth devices. The following is how to get an iPod to work with Media Monkey or Winamp, than you can use and music service:

You need to extract the AppleMobileDeviceSupport.msi and QuickTime.msi from iTunes which is not all that difficult.

1. Download the iTunes.exe file
2. Rename the .exe to .zip
3. Open up the zipped file (use an app like 7 zip as windows will not be able to open the file) and extract AppleMobileDeviceSupport.msi and QuickTime.msi
4. Install these two files.
You can then sync your iPhone/iPod/Pre with Media Monkey or Winamp without iTunes. (this process is only needed for Winamp as Media Monkey has an included iPod/iPhone/Pre plugin)

 

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Havok

 It's cool to see other companies than Microsoft stick it to Apple.

 

 

OMGWTFBBQ

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nekollx

 My best wishes to Pre, we have a lot of stuff via iTunes between home and office and that update crewed everything up. It would be nice if i could buy a song on one computer to install on aother, like i use to be able to do. Wasn't that the entire point of DRM free MP3 iTunes?

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Cooketh

Good for Palm. If Microsoft did something like this with their software, they'd be in court, but Apple can get away with it. Anyone remember the Internet Explorer lawsuite way back? Msoft had to allow other web browsers onto their operating system? Same idea should apply here. Don't try and market your software back to yourself by forcing users to fit your standards, especially at random with a patch like this.

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