Palm Pre iTunes Compatibility: Yeah, Good Luck With That!

The Palm Pre feature that probably puzzled a lot of people is its compatibility with Apple iTunes. While Apple doesn’t name names, here’s what they have to say about this topic…

iTunes: About unsupported third-party digital media players

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.

Palm Pre owners may be in for a surprise the next time Apple updates iTunes. Since jailbreaking may be less interesting with many long desired features provided by iPhone OS 3.0, we may be seeing the next “arms race” happen between Apple and Palm over iTunes compatibility. Stay tuned (pun intended).