iTunes 8.2.1 now available for download

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  • Reply 21 of 218
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 33,573member
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    Originally Posted by str1f3 View Post


    It is funny. Doesn't BB still sync with iTunes?



    Did it ever?
  • Reply 22 of 218
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 6,105member
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    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    I wonder if purposely removing it is in Apple?s best interest. I think it may even be in Apple?s best interest to allow other devices to connect to iTunes.



    I initially thought the same thing. Putting conspiracy theorists aside for a moment, I (want to) think that Apple may be doing this simply because it wants to do what Apple does best - a seamless integration between hardware and software.



    Everyone knows how bad Palm's old Hotsync API was. It was horrible (on the windows platform) and was always a hit-and-miss with connections and interfered with functionality at times with other apps.



    The problem that would arise the same way that Windows currently is. Finger-pointing with who is conflicting with what. If Pre causes instability with iTunes, who's fault is it? I could see a regular-Joe that buys a Pre (with badly written syncing technology), plugs it in and causes a problem. The user at first may likely blame Apple/iTunes as the problem. Apple does not want that.



    So I will take it with a grain of salt. Palm was really stupid for brazenly advertising the iTunes functionality. Now if Palm has some master grand plan, I'd be more than interested in hearing it.



    So while Apple may get some users irritated by its action, I can see why they would want to do it. That doesn't mean they are right, but they do have the right to control what uses their software. They are the one after all that is maintaining it and Palm is just trying to hitch a free ride.
  • Reply 23 of 218
    dreyfus2dreyfus2 Posts: 1,072member
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    Originally Posted by sdfisher View Post


    Let's review something here:

    - iTunes includes an unencrypted XML file listing the tracks in iTunes.

    - The music is not encumbered by DRM (at least, the new stuff).

    - Any desktop application has full access to that XML file, the file system, and the USB bus.



    Add it all up, and there's one inescapable conclusion: Palm doesn't need iTunes to perform the sync of iTunes music to the Pre.



    So Apple's denying them iTunes access. So what? They can write their own Pre music sync program. Just don't rely on Apple's code doing the work.



    Absolutely correct and that is what they should have done in the first place. Advertising a feature that relies on a competitor's IP without even talking to them was a sick idea. Let's wait for the first class action cases suing Palm for not delivering an advertised feature...



    The problem is just... Palm has never been good at writing Mac software. Palm Desktop anyone?
  • Reply 24 of 218
    I can picture apple saying that it didn't mean to disable the pre sync...then fix it. It sends the message that "hey if you buy a pre, you never know what will happen" while at the same time, apple will look like heroes because they fixed it in a subsequent release.
  • Reply 25 of 218
    applestudapplestud Posts: 367member
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    Originally Posted by neonsox View Post


    Clearly Apple is protecting it's assets with this move. With so many phones trying to be an iPhone and boast a lot of the same features, why wouldn't they? Competition in technology these days seems to consist of a "If you can't beat them, join them" stance instead of actual innovation. .



    absolutely. Apple created a wildly popular program, iTunes, to go along with their wildly popular devices, iPods and iPhones. Why on EARTH shoudl apple allow other companies to encroach on their territory? All these iphone-killers are trying their hardest to copy Apple, and Apple is supposed to just sit back and let them copy one of the biggest assets they have (the iTunes ecosystem)?? Get real. Palm was outrageously audacious in publicy promoting iTunes integration.
  • Reply 26 of 218
    It doesn't have to sync with iTunes, but you can still USE iTunes.



    Assuming the Pre shows up like a USB MSD, you can just copy files over. You could probably even cleverly, if archiacly, design an AppleScript to copy certain files over. It's not breaking, more like Apple... spanking Palm.
  • Reply 27 of 218
    virgil-tb2virgil-tb2 Posts: 1,416member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by sdfisher View Post


    Let's review something here:

    - iTunes includes an unencrypted XML file listing the tracks in iTunes.

    - The music is not encumbered by DRM (at least, the new stuff).

    - Any desktop application has full access to that XML file, the file system, and the USB bus.



    Add it all up, and there's one inescapable conclusion: Palm doesn't need iTunes to perform the sync of iTunes music to the Pre.



    So Apple's denying them iTunes access. So what? They can write their own Pre music sync program. Just don't rely on Apple's code doing the work.



    Ah, yes you are right that I totally forgot about that aspect. I think we are essentially arguing form very similar points of view anyway though.



    I was just trying to respond to the general tone of this and other forums where everyone is freaking out about Apple "blocking" people and how it's an outrage etc. As you point out, there is no block at all.



    In most of the other forums I've seen today, every second commenter is calling Apple a "Nazi" or putting the whole issue down to Steve Jobs personal enmity. I just wanted to offer a more rational approach.
  • Reply 28 of 218
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    Originally Posted by dreyfus2 View Post


    The problem is just... Palm has never been good at writing software.



    I fixed your post for you. I'm amazed Palm even brought a device out at all (I and the electronics stores near me were all under the impression they'd gone under until Pre was announced). The only Palm I ever used was...something I can't remember, and it had an awful interface.
  • Reply 29 of 218
    anantksundaramanantksundaram Posts: 20,407member
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    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    I wonder if purposely removing it is in Apple?s best interest. I think it may even be in Apple?s best interest to allow other devices to connect to iTunes. My reasoning is two fold.



    The app is very common and it?s a key part in the success in the iDevice ecosystem. With so many people using iTunes to manage their music and with the iPod having a monopoly position it?s possible that some places like the EU may look to force Apple to not require iTunes support to use an iDevice. (Hell, they?ve done crazier shit and they don?t have the FairPlay ax to grind to anymore)



    Second, If they allow other devices to use iTunes then Apple still has consumers using their app and their iTunes Store, yet they still can?t get videos or apps, which may pull them back to an iDevice in the future. Plus, the iTunes library files and DB are transparent so Palm, albeit with a little effort and cost, could create an app or tie into a 3rd-party app that they can use, bypassing iTunes altogether. While buying a non-iDevice doesn?t benefit Apple, bypassing both Apple?s HW and iTunes benefits them even less; not to mention that Apple has had plenty of time to put the kibosh on the Palm Pre access at this point and haven?t.









    But that is if you do a direct comparison of services. Since I don?t support SMS and usually don?t more than the minimum minutes per month the price for the Pre and the iPhone offer services at the same cost of $69/month for me. I also get the phone I want and rollover minutes, which is peace of mind I like (I?m under the impression that Sprint doesn?t offer that and I don?t feel like looking it up).



    You gotta love it!



    You do have a point about the EU. But why bother to do something preemptively (the EU may come up with something else). Also, one can fully understand Apple's (SJ's?) reaction to Palm trying to stick it to the iPhone, while simultaneously (and hypocritically) relying on Apple for part of Pre's functionality.



    Incidentally, if Palm was able to connect up with iTunes before, they'll probably figure out a way to do so with 8.2.1.
  • Reply 30 of 218
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post




    "iTunes 8.2.1 provides a number of important bug fixes



    Maybe instead they should fix the BUG of high CPU usage in Safari when a Flash is played. That my dearest ppl at 1 Infinty Loop is bug fixing. This bug is know for YEARS !!!!!!!



    Oh yeah - that and making sure the wi-fi chip on the iPhone 3G (sans S) does not fry after updating to 3.0 - and having to wait for at least two weeks to be repaired w/o a swap handset.



    Oh - sorry that is customer service. But you got my Euro so you're good
  • Reply 31 of 218
    I smell an anti-trust lawsuit in the making. This is the beginning of the anti-competitive legal battles for Apple. Intentionally inhibiting a consumer's use of non-Apple products. Here comes the legal pain. They deserve the lawsuit.
  • Reply 32 of 218
    phasorncphasornc Posts: 46member
    6 Compatible with iTunes v8.2. Compatibility with future versions not guaranteed. Within wireless coverage area only.
  • Reply 33 of 218
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 33,573member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by cuppingmaster View Post


    It doesn't have to sync with iTunes, but you can still USE iTunes.



    Assuming the Pre shows up like a USB MSD, you can just copy files over. You could probably even cleverly, if archiacly, design an AppleScript to copy certain files over. It's not breaking, more like Apple... spanking Palm.



    But how many people will want to do that? It's all about the ease of use.



    With some other phones, you have to go through a few steps to buy music or programs. Reviewers are taking them to task over that, pointing out just how easy it is on iTunes.



    This could be a problem for Palm if they're counting on easy iTunes syncing for some of their sales.



    As has been already said here, let Palm write their own app. If there are problems, then their customers will properly have to go complain to Palm, not Apple.
  • Reply 34 of 218
    dreyfus2dreyfus2 Posts: 1,072member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by bobmarleypeople View Post


    I fixed your post for you. I'm amazed Palm even brought a device out at all (I and the electronics stores near me were all under the impression they'd gone under until Pre was announced). The only Palm I ever used was...something I can't remember, and it had an awful interface.



    Good fix!
  • Reply 35 of 218
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 33,573member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by rgbfoundry View Post


    I smell an anti-trust lawsuit in the making. This is the beginning of the anti-competitive legal battles for Apple. Intentionally inhibiting a consumer's use of non-Apple products. Here comes the legal pain. They deserve the lawsuit.



    I doubt someone could win that. Apple is just supplying a service to its customers. That's fine.
  • Reply 36 of 218
    teckstudteckstud Posts: 6,476member
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    Originally Posted by AppleStud View Post


    absolutely. Apple created a wildly popular program, iTunes, .



    Apple didn't create iTunes, Casady & Greene (SoundJam MP) did.
  • Reply 37 of 218
    Pre = PWNED
  • Reply 38 of 218
    nceencee Posts: 857member
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    Originally Posted by melgross View Post


    We have three iPhones on a family plan. 1400 minutes a month (with rollover), unlimited messaging for all three phones, and we pay $219.98 a month before all the nonsense gets added on.



    You lucky dog. The local AT&T store here DOES NOT offer roll-over minutes with the iPhone



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  • Reply 39 of 218
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
    People are always crying foul because Apple provides seamless end to end solutions for their customers that are just really popular. They don't make much money, if any, on iTunes and App Store. It is simply an additional service offered to their customers that makes owning an Apple device that much more pleasurable to use.



    If there are people who think there are anti trust issues here, they are just jealous, want something for nothing, hate Apple, maybe or all three. Imagine I bought 4 tires from my car dealer and part of the purchase includes free tire rotation. You, however, bought your tires at some cheap place. If you then went to my dealer and asked to have your tires rotated (free) they might say, sorry, we only rotate tires for our customers. What are you going to do, sue them? Give me a break.
  • Reply 40 of 218
    This is a clear case of monopoly from the Apple, which is bad. What if tomorrow the MS doesn't allow the iTunes and Safari to run on the Windows. Will the Apple then cry foul?
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