iTunes Won't Let MusicMatch Use iPod
"As a valued Musicmatch customer and iPod user, we want to alert you to a serious software conflict caused by iTunes for Windows," says Musicmatch in an e-mail to users.
"Apple iTunes for Windows prevents Musicmatch Jukebox from working with the iPod by deleting critical files used by Musicmatch."
The message, which then tells users how to uninstall iTunes and resume using Musicmatch, "is in response to Apple's move to supplant Musicmatch with its own iTunes software, which it released last month," says CNET News.com's Ina Fried here.
"Upon installing iTunes, customers are no longer able to synchronize their iPods with Musicmatch."
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MusicMatch suggestions for peaceful coexistence, says Britain's The Register here, include the following advice:
* Disconnect the iPod from your computer if it is still connected
* Double click on 'My Computer'
* Double click on 'Control Panel'
* Open 'Add or Remove Programs'
* Select and uninstall 'iTunes'
Back to Fried, "Apple and Musicmatch were partners when the Mac maker first took the iPod to Windows, using Musicmatch's jukebox software to synchronize with the music player device," she says.
"Not long thereafter, Apple revealed plans to adapt iTunes for Microsoft's Windows operating system."
When that happened, "we knew that we would be competing with them," Fried quotes Musicmatch spokeswoman Jennifer Roberts as saying.
"We expected the customer could make the choice, not Apple."
An Apple representative was not, apparently, immediately available for comment.