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Apple Warns Users About 3rd Party Hardware

image Not too long ago, one of the bigger stories in portable media was that the Palm Pre would be able to sync with iTunes when it was released.  By using some programming magic, Palm did its best to make sure that people could use the most popular media syncing software with their phone.  Other PMPs have been able to do this in the past but with the Pre being highly anticipated, it was kind of a big deal.

CNet is reporting this week that Apple has now updated their support site to let users know about compatibility issues with 3rd party apps.  The article, titled “"iTunes: About unsupported third-party digital media players" lets users know that no only does Apple not support 3rd party hardware but that the functionality could be removed at anytime they see fit.

The question now is whether or not Apple will flex their muscle in the next update and kill the Palm Pre ability to sync.  While I understand that they want people buying their hardware, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.  If people are using your software and buying music from your store, then at the end of the day, you’re still making money.  If the Pre ends up being a popular handset, does it make sense to alienate a ton of people who may still own iPods but want to use their phone for content as well?  I have no doubt we won’t have to wait long to see what Apple does.


via CNet