Another timely reality check from Paul Thurrott
Expect Apple to continue its self-serving practices until it grows powerful enough that a regulatory body steps in. "As we've said before, newer versions of iTunes software may no longer provide synching functionality with unsupported digital media players," an Apple spokesperson reiterated this week. This kind of pettiness is typical for Apple—after all, Pre customers would likely use iTunes to purchase music from Apple's online store—and it underscores a corporate mentality that is both isolationist and extreme. But it may eventually get the company in trouble, now that it has finally come under the watchful eye of regulators. Sometimes, hubris really does get in the way.