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iPod finally gets Vista fix

iPod finally gets Vista fix

"It's alive...it's ALIIIIIVE!" - The iPod finally works on Windows Vista.

There are many things that people can call the effort to transition to Vista, but easy is probably not among them. Problems have abounded since the release of the OS, not the least of which are severe driver issues that render some hardware pretty much useless. Though high-end graphics cards have a rather low market penetration, one particular device has had a pretty wide effect - the Apple iPod.

Since Vista's release, the iPod has been plagued with issues. At the forefront has been a slew of corruption issues that could turn your precious music player into a pocket-sized brick. Apple has updated iTunes since Vista's release, but to no avail. Microsoft has also released a couple patches to fix the device, but one particular niggle remained. If you remove the iPod using "Safely Remove Hardware" rather than the iTunes software, you could turn your player into the same brick referenced above.

Finally, there's a patch that finally works.

Microsoft has released an update to Windows Vista that properly corrects the bug. Three and a half months after Vista's release, iPods are finally able to synch with computers using the OS without the random possibility of turning into a paperweight. Whatever the reason for the repeated screw-ups, it appears that they are finally a thing of the past.

Blame has been passed thoroughly to both companies for the screw up, which has a rather wide-spread effect when you consider how many people use iPods. Though the USB storage device problems aren't really Apple's domain, the company had the OS for months before its release, so there was little reason not to know the problems existed or work to repair them. Instead, consumers have had to wait all of this time for the most popular computer peripheral in the world to finally function on Microsoft's flagship OS.

Do you have a thought on the months of problems? Let us hear your experience with the bugs in our forums.

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Mother-Goose 11th May 2007, 09:51 Quote
I'd clap if sony released some vista drivers soon HMPH
mclean007 11th May 2007, 10:29 Quote
The non-working bugs may have been the fault of both Apple and MS, but IMO any hardware that can be irreparably bricked by a new OS should be blamed on the manufacturer. With the exception of the installation of new firmware (which should in any event be capable of reversal), there should simply be no way by which software can break hardware. As such, I blame Apple.

Out of interest, does anyone know if Apple will, without charge, repair / replace iPods that have been damaged in this way?
bilbothebaggins 11th May 2007, 10:40 Quote
Maybe Apple though it worth the p*** off iPod users to give Vista some more bad press.
Then again, maybe the iPod and/or M$ guys are just incompetent.

... dunno which is worse :D
Buzzons 11th May 2007, 11:15 Quote
broken link?

and surly it was a mastermind plan of MS to break the iPods! hooza! :D
Bluephoenix 11th May 2007, 11:35 Quote
the MS wanted to break iPods plan is ludicrous.

they would simply go out and buy another one and likely stop using vista, which would be a major hit to microsoft, and as such would be a stupid business decision.

Gates & co are smarter than that.
DXR_13KE 11th May 2007, 12:58 Quote
they took all this time to fix that? crud.....
paul_s57 11th May 2007, 13:54 Quote
Does this fix work for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Vista?
Redbeaver 11th May 2007, 16:22 Quote
heh i dunnoabout regular ipod but my shuffle works just great with Winamp.... screw iTunes...
Ramble 11th May 2007, 16:30 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by paul_s57
Does this fix work for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Vista?

MS releases updates for both (unless it's platform specific), so yes.
GoodBytes 11th May 2007, 16:54 Quote
When I used Vista RC2 public beta, I had no problem with iTunes nor my ipod, everytihing was working flawlessly.
Boswell 12th May 2007, 01:34 Quote
"Let us hear your experience with the bugs in our forums."

Link puts you through to the forum homepage and not here...
mattthegamer463 12th May 2007, 05:15 Quote
I didn't even know there was a problem with the iPods, my Nano worked perfectly with iTunes and I had no clue I could have bricked it during that time! Thank god I never update my songs. Stupid Vista, I can't wait until I'm dual-booting XP.
Bluephoenix 12th May 2007, 17:54 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by GoodBytes
When I used Vista RC2 public beta, I had no problem with iTunes nor my ipod, everytihing was working flawlessly.


same for me, probably because I use the obvious 'eject' button in itunes, rather than 5 more commands through the other ejection system...
GoodBytes 12th May 2007, 18:09 Quote
yea, that is what I was doing too. Or right click on the removable drive inside "Computer", and click on "eject".
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