Microsoft issues Vista patch to fix issue with Apple iPod

“Microsoft released several patches for Windows Vista on Tuesday, including one designed to put the iPod and the new operating system back on speaking terms,” Ina Fried reports for CNET News.

“The software maker issued a patch that is designed to fix a problem that had left iPods vulnerable to being corrupted if Vista users select the operating system’s ‘Safely Remove Hardware’ option to eject the music player,” Fried reports.

Fried reports, “Apple had resolved several Vista compatibility issues in iTunes, but has continued to warn users to only use the eject function within iTunes to remove an iPod in Vista.”

Full article with links here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Adam W.” for the heads up.]
Microsoft’s “Safely Remove Hardware” option in Vista failed to safely remove hardware? Par for the course.

Related articles:
Apple releases iTunes 7.1.1 – March 16, 2007
Washington Post: Apple telling Windows iPod+iTunes users to hold off on Vista upgrade seems ‘shady’ – February 05, 2007
Apple releases iTunes Repair Tool for Vista, advises Windows iTunes users wait to upgrade to Vista – February 02, 2007


  1. I think Apple is waiting for Vista “mega” Service Pack 1 before acknowledging that iTunes is fully compatible with Vista. Based on these stories, it appears Vista is not even compatible with itself, much less third party software. Maybe Bootcamp will also not be stated as fully compatible until that time, which may explain that crazy “Leopard delayed until October rumor.” It’s just Bootcamp’s full compatibility with Vista that is delayed until October. That’s probably about the time Microsoft will issue the SP.

  2. I think Apple is using iTune to measure how much influence it has over the Windows users… Based on the information, they can plan if they need to release iTune for Vista (why release one, if iTune incompatibility can switch Windows users to OSX. They probably will eventually release or just announce iTune is Vista compatible. They will continue to delay the announcement until Windows to OSX switch rate comes down). I’m sure Apple has many software under wrap like Yellow Box and Windows API layer for OSX, which the information will help them decide if they should release the software or keep them under wrap.

  3. I can tell you from direct personal knowledge that the “Yellow box” idea died with Display Postscript. Amelio thought it up when we believed it was a necessary inducement to get developers to use Cocoa, which turned out not to be the case.


  4. @Reality

    Let’s see now. The iPod works fine with OS X and always has. The iPod works fine with XP and always has. The iPod didn’t work with Vista until now. Hmmmm. So precisely WHO is at fault here, you moron?

    (But, then again, perhaps your post was a very weak attempt at sarcasm. If so, please DO try again.)

  5. Every time I read an article from Ina Fried I get a horrid flashback of that video interview he/she did with Ballmer a few months ago. Monkeyboy and “I Don’t Wanna Be A Boy” on the same stage.


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