Last week, Apple released iTunes update 8.2.1 which prevented the Palm Pre from syncing up with iTunes. Earlier today, Palm responded with an update of its own with the release of webOS 1.1, an update which, among other things, re-enables the ability of the Pre to sync up with and transfer media files from iTunes.
On its blog, Palm writes:
Oh, and one more thing: Palm webOS 1.1 re-enables Palm media sync. That’s right — you once again can have seamless access to your music, photos and videos from the current version of iTunes (8.2.1).
I see what you did there, Palm. Steve Jobs is known for saying “..and one more thing” before he introduces a revolutionary new product, but Palm used the phrase to emphasize the fact that it’s not gonna lay down and wither in the face of Apple blocking the Pre from syncing up with iTunes. Oh Palm, your wit knows no bounds!
But in all seriousness, and as we’ve pointed out before, having the Pre sync up with iTunes seems like an incredibly short-sighted move from Palm. What happens in 2 weeks when Apple hypothetically updates iTunes again, and once more removes the Pre’s ability to sync with iTunes? Will Palm wait a week and issue another update to combat Apple’s latest update?
But more importantly, what happens to all the Palm Pre users who’ll find themselves stuck in the middle of a Silicon Valley cat and mouse game? One week they’re able to hook up their Pre to iTunes and one week they aren’t – what a horrible situation to for users to get stuck in the middle of, and it makes absolutely zero sense that Palm would subject its users to that.