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iTunes Support For Palm Pre

Fortune Blog “Confirms” Palm Pre Wil Be iTunes Compatible

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Exciting news: according to a Fortune blog post, it appears that if you plug a Palm Pre into a Mac it will sync “seamlessly” with Apple’s iTunes. 

The post claims that the iTunes Store treats the Palm Pre just as it would an iPod or an iPhone – albeit it cannot manage old copy-protected songs but only the new DRM-free music that you may have purchased.   [Note: UPDATE Windows support also confirmed!]

The code required to connect to iTunes has apparently been built straight into the Palm Pre firmware and thus does not need any third-party applications to work – just like other compatible iTunes players such as the Nomad and Rio.

I have no way to confirm the above information (yet) but if it proves to be true the Palm Pre could suddenly become an even more interesting upgrade option for many existing iPhoniacs – particularly when you add the fact that the Palm Pre among others also support Bluetooth Stereo wireless music playback.

Leaving iTunes aside, the Palm Pre should prove to be a tremendous music player thanks to a powerful built-in app, Amazon MP3 downloads, Pandora and hopefully also forthcoming support for Rhapsody, SHOUTcast radio and others.

Having said this, Palm’s decision not to include a microSDHC slot that could have increased memory to 40GB (32GB card + 8GB internal) remains in my opinion the major sticky point for an otherwise superb smartphone.  Another option could, like Apple, have been making the Palm Pre available as both 8GB and 16GB (or more) models.

As a small aside, it appears that you will only be able to use Amazon MP3 downloads over WiFi and not Sprint’s wireless data network – exactly the same annoying limitation the iPhone had at launch but no longer suffers from.  Hopefully Sprint will like AT&T eventually see the benefit of allowing wireless music downloads over 3G as well.

Source:
Palm Pre syncs with iTunes [via Fortune Blogs]

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Posted by Andrew on May 28, 2009 at 12:18 PM

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Comments

1
by Barry Brown | May 28, 2009 2:02:13 PM

Do you know if the Palm Pre will be able to synch with Outlook like the Treo does now?

Great work - keep it up!

Barry

2
by TazUk | May 28, 2009 4:15:10 PM

It syncs to iTunes on both Mac and Windows according to the interview at D7. It also sync your photos to iPhoto on the Mac :o)

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by q | May 28, 2009 9:46:59 PM

This may be obvious, but what about playlist?

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by Jerry Cook | May 29, 2009 4:35:15 PM

Pre is going to support Exchange Active Sync (EAS) so it will sync like Treo does now....

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by J G | May 30, 2009 9:36:35 AM

Will the Pre also be able to sync with Microsoft Zune software or only with iTunes? I use both and would love it it can sync with either so I'm not forced to only use one.

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by Puma | Jun 14, 2009 1:46:04 AM

I synced my pre with itunes and it looked great at first but over 100 songs could not be trasfered as they said that the fairplay version is not supported by my ipod(pre in this case)any help for this?

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by David Wilborn | Aug 2, 2009 12:00:15 AM

I need to know how to take music from my itune and put it on my palm treo 755. Can someone help me?

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by David Wilborn | Aug 2, 2009 12:05:06 AM

I sent a question with the wrong email address. I need to know how to put my songs from my itunes to my Treo palm 755 phone.

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