Apple to Palm: Go pound sand (iTunes and unsupported third-party devices)

Buy a Mac, Get a FREE Olympus 10MP CameraApple’s KnowledgeBase Article: HT3642 addresses “iTunes and unsupported third-party digital media players.”

Apple designs the hardware and software to provide seamless integration of the iPhone and iPod with iTunes, the iTunes Store, and tens of thousands of apps on the App Store. Apple is aware that some third-parties claim that their digital media players are able to sync with Apple software. However, Apple does not provide support for, or test for compatibility with, non-Apple digital media players and, because software changes over time, newer versions of Apple’s iTunes software may no longer provide syncing functionality with non-Apple digital media players.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple conceived of, designed, built, and maintains iTunes. The company’s property is the direct result of development and continued spending along with the hard work of the company’s employees. It should – and obviously will – not be provided free-of-charge to those who wish to save their failed companies by riding on Apple’s coattails. iTunes is not a non-profit charity for iPod and iPhone also-rans.

This is nothing new. Piggybacking on iTunes has been tried before — ironically during the period when beleaguered Palm’s new CEO worked for Apple overseeing their iPod division — and it failed, too.

History isn’t merely a guide, it’s a crystal ball. Unfortunately, some people never learn.

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