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Solution/Workaround to Palm Pre iTunes Syncing (8.2.1)

Are you on iTunes 8.2.1 and wish it can once again sync seamlessly with your Palm Pre? You can always just revert back to iTunes 8.2.0 or go classic and use Drag & Drop. And of course doubleTwist is another good option to have iTunes start syncing again. But you know what's better? That would be Salling Media Sync, my friends.

Available for free now for Mac and Windows. First off, it doesn't require an account like doubleTwist. It syncs your Music/Playlists, Videos, Podcasts and Photos from iTunes 8.2.1. And best of all, you can set it to sync automatically every time you plug in your Pre, just like iTunes would.

They do offer a paid version of this software for $22, which will sync your media at a faster rate (Mac and PC). I was giving taste of the paid version free of charge (Thanks, Salling), and like advertised, nothing has change but the syncing speed. Roughly about 4-7x faster.

To Sync using Salling Media Sync:

  1. Download it for free now. Mac or Windows
  2. Run it.
  3. Plug your Pre to the Computer and put it to 'USB Drive' mode, not Media Sync.
  4. Salling sync Utility will pop and you can now Sync away.

Salling Media sync Press Release:

Stockholm, Sweden—July 16, 2009—Salling Software AB on Wednesday updated its application for syncing media from iTunes to mobile devices. The new version supports Palm's popular Pre smartphone, and includes the ability to also sync photos, letting users to bring their favorite photo albums with them.

"I admit the timing of this release is no coincidence," said Salling Software president Jonas Salling. "We're betting there are a lot of Palm Pre owners who feel burned by the new iTunes, 8.2.1 update. But they can keep syncing with iTunes using Salling Media Sync! It's totally free for basic use, with no track limit, no playlist limit, and no expiration—ever. And it syncs photos, too."

In addition, the new version of Salling Media Sync brings compatibility with Blackberry Bold and Storm, as well as support for several new devices from other manufacturers.

Salling Media Sync couldn't be easier to use. Once the phone is connected to a USB port, the users simply select the playlists, podcasts and photo albums they want on the device. Salling Media Sync not only uploads the music tracks and podcast episodes, but also replicates each actual playlist on the device and—on devices that support it—transfers play count metadata for each item to the device, reinforcing the sense of having a piece of iTunes in your pocket.

Pricing & Availability

Salling Media Sync 1.1 is available now through Salling Software's web site ( at no cost for basic use.

At a price of $22/€15 per user license, the application intelligently updates your phone, resulting in faster syncs. Windows and Mac licenses are sold separately, and the bundle can be bought at a 25% discount.

Salling Media Sync for Windows is compatible with Windows XP SP2 (with Windows Media Player 11) or better, iTunes 7.6.x - 8.2.1 (for music and podcasts), and Adobe Photoshop Album SE 3.2 or Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.x - 7.x (for photos).

Salling Media Sync for Mac is compatible with Mac OS X 10.4.11 or better, iTunes 7.6.x - 8.2.1 (for music and podcasts), and iPhoto '08 - '09 or Aperture 2.x (for photos).

Please see for details.

Salling Software is a pioneer in mobile phone software for Macs and PCs and inventor of the award-winning Salling Clicker, turning a mobile phone into a two-way computer remote control. Salling Software is committed to bringing innovative, fun, and easy-to-use software applications to users worldwide.

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Reader Comments (3)

Salling Media Sync is crippled - they limit sync speed unless you pay. Thanks, but no thanks. I'll stick with doubleTwist which doesn't have such nonsense.

July 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJack

So, Apple, let's review. You intentionally removed functionality that was working fine, for no reason other than it annoyed you. This functionality has been replaced by multiple commercial software packages in a matter of days. Your bullying, on the other hand, has cost you my future hardware business. So that's a new iPod or two this year, a Macbook this fall, a Macbook Pro next year and another Macbook Pro the year after that. Smart move, Sparky.

In fairness, you attitude in other areas already had me thinking of other solutions. So this was just the final straw.

July 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMcars

I totally agree with the comment above me. My nephews birthday was today, and because I am ticked off at Apple for this low blow to my music. I bought him a Zune and a amazon gift card, I had been planning on getting him a Ipod touch, a case, screen protectors, a wall charger, and higher quality head phones, not to mention the 100 dollar gift card for music. So all in all Apple just lost 500 dollars in one sitting. I have always loved Apples players, but the warranties and now this have just cost them my business...and I am no low spender, have bought a new ipod every year for the last 6 years. However, it is all fine and dandy in my book, other companies offer better warranties and more customer support/bonuses. Most MP3 Players come with at least 15 sometimes up to 100 free songs, what do ipods come with? Hell I wouldn't have even minded them charging me the 22 dollars that I will now take someplace else to use my non ipod with their software. However, this isn't totally Apples fault. Why in the hell is Palm ripping off another product? I understand the ease of use, but one, they should have made a contract with Apple-prerelease- two they should have made their own software if one failed.

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKendra

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