Maybe you figured your new Palm Pre smart phone was just like an iPhone but better—you know, with the hard buttons and all.
You figured wrong. Apple pulled the plug on iTunes for the Pre.
Users had been able to load their Pres with Apple’s free iTunes software, but Apple updated iTunes on Wednesday to block the feature.
Sources quote Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr as saying that the update “disables devices falsely pretending to be iPods, including the Palm Pre.”
Palm is suggesting that Pre owner stick to the older version of iTunes, move music from their computers, or use third-party applications. Yeah, right.
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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at email@example.com
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