iTunes Support For Palm Pre
Fortune Blog “Confirms” Palm Pre Wil Be iTunes Compatible
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.
Palm Pre syncs with iTunes [via Fortune Blogs]
Preonauts are always ready to shake it…