Apple warns iPod users about upgrading to Vista

— 10:40 AM on February 6, 2007

Apple has urged users of its iPod music players to hold off on upgrading to Windows Vista for the time being. In a knowledge base entry on its site, the iPod maker says the current version of its iTunes software "may not work" with Vista. Current compatibility problems between the software and Microsoft's new operating system include:

  • iTunes Store purchases may not play when upgrading to Windows Vista from Windows 2000 or XP.
  • iPod models with the "Enable Disk Use" option turned off may be unable to update or restore iPod software, and make changes to iPod settings.
  • iPod models configured to Auto Sync and have the "Enable Disk Use" option turned off may require being ejected and reconnected to resync.
  • Ejecting an iPod from the Windows System Tray using the "Safely Remove Hardware" feature may corrupt your iPod. To always safely eject an iPod, choose Eject iPod from the Controls menu within iTunes.
  • Cover Flow animation may be slower than expected.
  • Contacts and calendars will not sync with iPod.
Apple makes its stance on Vista pretty clear in its latest "Switch" ad, but the company nevertheless intends to release an updated version of iTunes to deal with the aforementioned problems "in the next few weeks." For users who have already upgraded and suffer from the first issue in the list, Apple has already released an iTunes repair tool for Vista that fixes permissions for iTunes files required to play songs from the iTunes Store.
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