After the release of iTunes 9 yesterday, Palm Pre users are once again finding that their phones no longer sync with the latest version of the software. Of course this comes as no surprise considering that the Pre has not received authorization from Apple to sync with the software. In the past Palm has fixed iTunes syncing when it broke under iTunes 8.2.1 and we expect them to do the same. PreCentral believes that Palm may slip the fix into the recently delayed 1.2 software. Meanwhile I hear a strange noise coming from the abyss. Is that the sound of iPhone owners collectively not caring? I think it may be. Please let us know in the comments if you want to hear more about this sort of thing.
After much anticipation, Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone OS 3.1 software update at the "Rock and Roll" media event on Wednesday, September 9th. The new firmware, a free download for iPhone OS 3.0 users, adds the following fixes and changes:
At Apple's "It's only Rock and Roll" event today in San Francisco, CEO Steve Jobs introduced iTunes 9. This latest version now includes the ability to add, remove, and rearrange applications on the iPhone and iPod touch. This now makes it easier than ever to load up your iPhone with apps and quickly arrange them the way you want. Additionally, iTunes 9 now sports improvements to syncing. You can now specify which artists, playlists, and genres you'd like to automatically sync, in addition to playlists and other specific options.
BGR has word from what they describe as a "pretty reliable source" that Apple will be adding multiple new features in iTunes 9, including support for Blu-ray media, a way to visually organize downloaded App Store applications inside iTunes, some kind of social networking integration as part of a larger social networking plan.
Palm Releases WebOS 1.1, Restores Pre Syncing to iTunes, Reports Apple to USB Compliance Organization
Palm has released WebOS version 1.1 to Palm Pre users, which reportedly adds quite a few new features and bug fixes including the lost ability to sync with iTunes once again. The ability to sync with iTunes was disabled in the latest iTunes update, leaving Pre users to use whatever crappy media software the Pre comes with. Of course Apple doesn't support syncing the Pre with iTunes, which is why it broke in the first place. Now in a move sure to make Palm look like a bunch of "Pre-tards," the company has decided to file a complaint with the USB Compliance Organization.
Apple released iTunes 8.2.1 earlier today. Apple's site says the update "provides a number of important bug fixes and addresses an issue with verification of Apple devices." Interestingly, while us iPhone users should be fine, it reportedly breaks the ability to be synced with the Palm Pre. Good thing we have these iPhones instead. You can download 8.2.1 via Software Update, or you can download it here.
One of my personal favorite bands, The 88 [iTunes Store], recently recorded an entire single using nothing but an iPhone and their instruments. The app they used is called FourTrack [our review] and the song is called "Love Is the Thing" [iTunes]. We could honestly go on and on about how cool it is that they published a song recorded entirely on the iPhone to iTunes, but it may be more succinctly explained in the video below. Enjoy!
Ever purchase an app on your iPhone and find out later that it's magically shown up in iTunes? This is because your iPhone automatically transfers new app purchases during a sync. But what happens if the apps in iTunes are lost? Turns out you can invoke the magic app sync anytime you want. Simply right-click your iPhone in the iTunes Devices section and choose "Transfer Purchases." Any application on your iPhone that isn't in iTunes will immediately be moved. Of course you can re-download any app in iTunes for free, but then you already knew that. ;]
Not surprisingly, Apple's servers seem to be getting hit pretty hard. Several users are telling us that they are getting errors from iTunes after trying to update saying "The iPhone [your iPhone] cannot be updated at this time because the iPhone activation server is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later." We saw basically the same situation at the iPhone 3G launch.
And... it's live! Apple has officially released iPhone 3.0 to the general public. It can be downloaded through iTunes by clicking the "Check for Updates" button in the iPhone source page. It's available for both original iPhone and iPhone 3G owners at no cost. iPod touch owners can get the update for $9.95. In case you were curious, the version available in iTunes carries the same build number (7a341) as the GM developer seed.