Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 24th Jul 2009 22:52 UTC
Editorial Every few years we geeks have our own kind of popcorn show to watch: tech companies showing teeth to one another. This time around, it's Palm vs Apple. In all seriousness though, how ethical is the battle around iTunes?
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I don't get it.
by NathanHill on Sat 25th Jul 2009 03:40 UTC
NathanHill
Member since:
2006-10-06

I agree with the article - it is ethically silly for Palm to be doing this.

But I wish we would dispel the myth that iTunes is locked down. At what point is something locked down? iTunes is designed to sync with iPods - they maintain support and compatibility for that feature with iPods only. They don't have the manpower or desire to support other devices.

However, they allow an open pathway for other programs and devices to access the iTunes library information and use it for syncing or other support. Many other applications do, making iTunes accessible to many other computers, operating systems, and devices.

How is iTunes not open? How is it locked down?

I just don't get it.

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RE: I don't get it.
by AdamW on Sat 25th Jul 2009 20:23 in reply to "I don't get it."
AdamW Member since:
2005-07-06

"But I wish we would dispel the myth that iTunes is locked down. At what point is something locked down? iTunes is designed to sync with iPods - they maintain support and compatibility for that feature with iPods only. They don't have the manpower or desire to support other devices.

However, they allow an open pathway for other programs and devices to access the iTunes library information and use it for syncing or other support."

Er...they don't do anything close. They have intentionally introduced a patch to _stop_ the Pre from syncing with iTunes, by refusing to accept its USB ID. This is why Palm have been forced to use an Apple USB ID in the first place. It's not that Apple say "oh, well, we just don't support other devices syncing with iTunes, but if you can make it work, then fine!" - they intentionally ship updates for no purpose other than to _break_ other devices syncing with iTunes. (They also intentionally make it as difficult as possible for any software other than iTunes to work with iPods.)

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RE[2]: I don't get it.
by NathanHill on Sat 25th Jul 2009 20:49 in reply to "RE: I don't get it."
NathanHill Member since:
2006-10-06

Yeah, you are 100% wrong. It's sad.

I still don't see it - iTunes works with iPods. They go hand in hand. iTunes allows for syncing with iPods, so naturally, the software looks for iPods to sync with. Anytime I plug in my iPod or someone else's iPod into my Mac, iTunes pops up. That's good functionality.

However, when I have used iTunes to put mp3 files on other devices, it has worked great too. I can use either one of the great third party apps out there, or just copy the files over my self.

I mean... seriously... when is a copy command such a valuable feature that can't be implemented by another program. Wow... such a barrier to entry!

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