Apple fires iTunes shot across Palm’s Media Sync bow 28
As our friends over at our Apple-obsessed sister-site The iPhone Blog have noted, Apple has updated their support documents to address non-Apple synchronization with their pervasive iTunes media player:
Apple designs the hardware and software to provide seamless integration of the iPhone and iPod with iTunes, the iTunes Store, and tens of thousands of apps on the App Store. Apple is aware that some third-parties claim that their digital media players are able to sync with Apple software. However, Apple does not provide support for, or test for compatibility with, non-Apple digital media players and, because software changes over time, newer versions of Apple’s iTunes software may no longer provide syncing functionality with non-Apple digital media players.
So what’s the deal here? Is Apple actively preparing to break iTunes synchronization, is this just sabre rattling, or is this the Apple legal team’s effort to cover their butts in the event that a change to iTunes does break non-Apple synchronization? We’re betting it’s just legal maneuvering, but we also wouldn’t put it past Apple to crack down on people breaking into their proprietary system. It all seems mighty silly, given that all of the music in the iTunes Store is now DRM-free and Apple has no reason to be kicking people out of their happy little ecosystem. Except to keep that happy little ecosystem all to themselves, which would seem to be a mighty petty move (if they were to do so).
Of course, with the Pre’s easy over-the-air software updates, Palm could push out a quick update to circumvent whatever “software changes over time” might block Media Sync. We’re just going to cross our fingers and hope it doesn’t come to that.