And by “Bug Fix,” We Mean the Palm Pre’s iTunes Integration…

Published on June 2, 2009
by John Paczkowski


Apple (AAPL) rolled out updates to QuickTime and iTunes on Monday, presumably as preface to iPhone 3.0. Both iTunes 8.2 and QuickTime 7.6.2 include support for the next iteration of the iPhone’s firmware, which is expected to debut at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), which kicks off next week in San Francisco, Calif. Also addressed in iTunes 8.2 are “many accessibility improvements and bug fixes.”

Just what Apple means by that is unclear, although one wonders if it might be a clever euphemism for the Palm (PALM) Pre’s recently disclosed Media Sync feature, which allows the device to synchronize seamlessly with iTunes, essentially by masquerading as an iPod. Certainly, it seems unlikely that Apple would allow this to persist.

As Daring Fireball’s John Gruber notes, “If you’re still holding out any sort of hope that Palm is using some sort of heretofore sanctioned, semi-sanctioned, or even maybe-sorta-kinda-sanctioned-if-you-squint-your-eyes means for a third-party smart phone to sync with iTunes via USB, note that the Pre, when connected to iTunes, is labelled as an “iPod.” If you think Apple would ever allow the use of “iPod” to describe anything other than an actual iPod, you’re nuts.”

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