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Web Worker Daily has a post about Apple warning iTunes users that their software doesn’t work well with Microsoft Vista. It seems as though there are a number of compatibility issues with iTunes version 7.0.2, and the new OS. Its something not too overlook either. iTunes […]

Web Worker Daily has a post about Apple warning iTunes users that their software doesn’t work well with Microsoft Vista.

It seems as though there are a number of compatibility issues with iTunes version 7.0.2, and the new OS. Its something not too overlook either. iTunes music and video purchases from the Apple iTunes Store might not play. Contacts and calendars might not sync up with your iPod. Another eerie compatibility issue involves causing your iPod too corrupt data if it’s not safely removed by selecting Eject iPod from the Controls menu before pulling the plug.

These issues not impact everyone, but Apple suggests not upgrading to Vista just yet. These issues should have been fixed and a software upgrade should have been launched the day Vista was released. As an incumbent in the digital music market, the burden of compatibility falls on Apple. Apple is now offering a repair tool, little consolation to those whose iPod’s have been trashed.

Who do you blame for this fiasco? Have your say in our poll!

  1. I’m going to say both of them… Apple wants their product on a foreign system, so they need to make sure their software complies with the foreign language. However, Microsoft’s number one objective should be software compatibility with (at the very least) previous version of their OS.

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  2. Looks like a first shot in a big battle…

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  3. Nope, looks like Apples attempt to make Microsoft look bad is coming back at them.

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  4. The responsibility for this is completely Apple’s. I would agree that Microsoft owes it to application developers to make the new OS as backward compatible as possible, however, who knows how iTunes was programmed. Did they use old APIs, new APIs, their own library of Win32 code that may have problems, or some “advanced programming techniques” (AKA “hacks”)? Seen from the other direction, Microsoft would never be expected to verify all the software out there that runs on Windows.

    In the end, the onus falls on Apple to ensure their applications run well on the new OS, especially when Microsoft makes a beta program available well in advance of the release. As a software engineer myself, I know the proper procedure is for Apple to become part of the beta program, stay on top of updates, and test the heck out of their software with each new release.

    Or perhaps another strategy is to leave a huge, nasty bug in iTunes for Windows, so that frustrated users switch to Mac. But that would never happen…

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  5. Boo Hoo. Early adopters will have to wait a few weeks for a Vista release of iTunes.

    Let see what Adobe is saying about Vista

    When Adobe began shipping Photoshop® Elements 5.0 and Adobe Premiere® Elements 3.0 software in September, final versions of Microsoft® Windows® Vista were not available to complete the testing required to ensure compatibility.

    Shortly after Windows Vista becomes available to consumers, Adobe plans to release updates for Photoshop Elements 5.0 and Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0 to provide compatibility with Windows Vista.

    Updates for existing Photoshop Elements 5.0 and Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0 owners will be available as a free download from adobe.com, and updated Vista-compatible versions of Photoshop Elements 5.0 and Premiere Elements 3.0 will become available in the same timeframe.

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  6. Clearly it’s a nefarious plot by the evil geniuses at Microsoft, in an attempt to break everyone’s ipod, so that they can sell more Zune’s.

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  7. Michael Griffiths Sunday, February 4, 2007

    I’d have to lay the blame at both their feet. Microsoft for making changes in their new OS, and Apple for not having a fix right now.

    Still, Apple probably bears more of the burden. I believe that earlier versions of iTunes ran fine on the Vista Betas – and given how long Vista Betas have been available, Apple really should be on top of it.

    However, Apple can’t really be expected to support Vista so soon, particularly at the expense of XP. If it doesn’t work six months from now Apple can be accused of carelessness; but as it, it’s an incredibly minor ‘issue.’

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  8. A bit of a stuff up by both parties I suggest. Still I think Apple/iTunes are ok for a while as I can’t see there being a stampede of people upgrading to Vista.

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  9. I don’t have enough technical insight to know for sure. However, I do know that Microsoft spends and extensive amount of time writing compatibility shims (1) to enable software from the big vendors to work.

    So, Adobe Photoshop will probably work out of the box, not so much because Adobe has released patches for it, but because Microsoft has ensured it would during its Vista QA.

    This is often why you’ll need to patch software from smaller vendors to get full Vista compatibility (I’m in the process of bugging several shareware authors at the moment) but not the big ones.

    If there are iTunes incompatibilities then it is something that Microsoft should have known about and either chose not to, or was unable to, write compatibility shims. Given their resources, but their antipathy to a competitor in a field they would like a larger presence in, I have my suspicions about which it is.

    (1) Compatibility shims are pieces of code which route API calls in programs that expect the functionality of an earlier OS.

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  10. This is Apples problem plain and simple. Anyone who says otherwise should take their apple tinted glasses for just a sec.

    Microsoft did not release itunes, ipod, nore did they promise backwards compatibility for all software.

    As a poster said earlier there is no excuse for this as apple should have and could have tested this already.

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