Apple has posted a new knowledge base article regarding iTunes syncing with third-party digital media players saying:
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.
I might be reading between the lines a little bit differently than others are. I don’t see this as Apple admitting that they are going to break compatibility, just that they will not make any effort to ensure compatibility. But, then again, I wouldn’t be surprised if iTunes 8.2.1 is being developed right now to kill the Pre’s iTunes syncing.
Update: 6/17/09: All Things Digital reached out to Palm on Apple’s article. Lynn Fox, a Palm spokesperson had this to say:
Palm’s media sync works with the current version of iTunes. If Apple chooses to disable media sync in a future version of iTunes, it will be a direct blow to their users who will be deprived of a seamless synchronization experience. However, people will have options. They can stay with the iTunes version that works to sync their music on their Pre, they can transfer the music via USB, and there are other third-party applications we could consider.
I don’t think it is very smart for Palm to begin advising their customers to stay with older versions of iTunes. Not only is this a clunky way of dealing with things it is also potentially a security issue, iTunes could in the future have a security vulnerablity. If Palm suggests you stay with that version it could mean trouble for those Pre users.
Update 9/9/09: According to forum members over at PreCentral, iTunes 9 breaks media sync on the Palm Pre.