Apple Gets OK To Block Third-Party Gadgets Syncing With iTunes

Apple Gets OK To Block Third-Party Gadgets Syncing With iTunes

When we put together our iTunes wishlist, item number three on the list got wistful that someday Apple might consider allowing non-iPod devices to sync with their music player.

Palm went so far as to pretend its Pre was an iPod so users could sync with iTunes — an action that started a cat-and-mouse game between Apple and Palm for blocking and enabling Palm-Pre-to-iTunes syncing. Palm then complained to the USB Implementers Forum, a non-profit group that oversees USB standards. According to the New York Times, not only did Palm not get the answer they were looking for — they were actually told that using Apple’s vendor ID to spoof that the Pre is an iPod is a violation of policy. In short, don’t expect Apple to open that walled garden any time soon. [NYT]


  • i struggle to understand why itunes and ipod are so popular. i bought an ipod in 2004 and the sound quality was about the worst i’d ever heard. and the battery life was also pretty bad.

    now to itunes. it messes with my mp3 files, which i don’t like. it installs programs without telling me. and it doesn’t uninstall them when i remove itunes.

    and, of course, the itunes store. you can only use it if you have itunes installed (i know, drm). i stopped using itunes years ago when i realised i couldn’t use music that i had paid for, sometimes multiple times (eg cassette, cd, mp3), and put it on my mp3 player. and i downloaded a rented movie, but i can only play it on one computer. full stop. no matter how many others i have authorised.

    what does apple lose by allowing itunes to sync to other devices?

    there are better music players, and there are better mp3 download services. i’m happy to let itunes and apple alone.

    • I agree with you 100% Scott, i myself cannot understand how the ipod became the main stream mp3 player, i owned one once and soon got rid of it for most of the reason’s you have explained. I guess it just shows humans are very sheepish.

    • I looked at iPods when they first became windows compatible, and i thought they were a load of overpriced junk.

      To this date, my thoughts have not changed. I have iTunes installed now, but its only as a last resort when ive exhausted every other methos of finding music. Ive even been given an ipod, which i dont use with iTunes, i use Floola or Foobar with the ipod plugin.

  • Yes, the phrase- Does not play well with others- comes mind- I’d be temped to use itune for the easy podcast useablilty.. but the whole one-way street Apple thing– I’ll keep on using a mashup of different hardware and software because i don’t like apple’s model– even if their product is ok and has tons of critical mass

  • I’m surprised no one has just hacked the itunes DB to create an alternate app to grab the itunes stuff and sync it with other devices like Palm Pre, I realise Winamp and alike sync with ipod, but not the database itself, i think, not sure… would be interesting…

  • Hmm, Wouldn’t it be in Apple’s best interest to open up iTunes, and allow it to sync with as many 3rd party gadgets as possible.

    Increases iTunes market share, hence revenue!

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