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As reported earlier this month, Microsoft has released software allowing Mac users to synchronize media with a Windows Phone 7 device. Microsoft had held a media event earlier this month to officially unveil its Windows Phone 7 operating system along with several handsets to be available over the next few months through a number of carriers.

Now available from the Windows Download Center, the application requires Mac OS 10.5 Leopard or higher and provides the following functionality:

Windows Phone 7 Connector lets your syncronize your favorite music, videos, photos and podcasts from iTunes and iPhoto to your Windows Phone 7, so you can take your media with you wherever you go.

Though no mention is made in the description for the beta Connector application, it's unlikely that any DRM-protected content purchased from the iTunes Store can be synchronized to a Windows Phone 7 device.

Article Link: Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac Beta Now Available
 

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Ooohhh so exciting..
 
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It's only a matter of time before Apple puts a stop to the iTunes synching like they did to Palm..
 
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walnuts

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So, Microsoft can write software to sync iTunes files, so long as it isn't actually using the iTunes app (a la what Palm did?) This is all Palm needed to do to avoid all that controversy?
 
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Steve just jumped from the free throw line and into his office to shut this sh** down!!!!!!
 
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It's only a matter of time before Apple puts a stop to the iTunes synching like they did to Palm..

So, Microsoft can write software to sync iTunes files, so long as it isn't actually using the iTunes app (a la what Palm did?) This is all Palm needed to do to avoid all that controversy?

Correct. Apple has no way whatsoever to restrict the device from accessing your iTunes library outside of locking the files out by DRM to an iDevice, which they don't do.
 
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Good.

But I can't imagine too many Mac users having the Windows Phone over the iPhone.

But for the people that do, this is nice
 
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It's only a matter of time before Apple puts a stop to the iTunes synching like they did to Palm..

Apple allows plenty of non Apple devices to sync with iTunes
 
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I actually hope this works well. Apple needs more competition to keep them on their toes, and I welcome this possibility. I glanced through the article, and my understanding is that this will allow Windows Mobile 7 to sync via iTunes? Did not Palm attempt this a while back and was brutally rebuffed by Apple after numerous attempts? I thought the iTunes application/store was a closed system for Apple products only.

Apple allows plenty of non Apple devices to sync with iTunes

Really? I did not know this, and I work in IT (major FAIL on my part). I thought only iDevices were allowed to sync via iTunes. Palm Pre attempted to but Apple blocked their attempts. What non-Apple devices can sync via iTunes?

Correct. Apple has no way whatsoever to restrict the device from accessing your iTunes library outside of locking the files out by DRM to an iDevice, which they don't do.

Wow, egg on my face. I had no idea! So why did Palm attempt it the "hard" way?

So in short, you can access your Media through this MS Beta without going through iTunes? Yet it syncs everything as iTunes does, contacts/email/bookmarks/media... Hmmmm.
 
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Good.

But I can't imagine too many Mac users having the Windows Phone over the iPhone.

But for the people that do, this is nice

Hey, I wonder if Melinda Gates will use iTunes on her Win7 box now?
Or will her children make her use a Zune. LOL.

"Nothing Apple crosses our doorstep." (NY Times 10/24/10) :apple:
 
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skeep5

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i would like to know how many mac users actually have windows phones... the numbers are probably staggering.
 
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GeneralSpecial

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Eeewww.

Eeeww. There's no way a Windows Phone is touching my Mac. Even if you put triple condoms on it.
 
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All the smug replies aside - this is awesome for the eventual Windows Phone 7 users. Does it sync with the Zune as well?
 
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