Apple releases patch for iTunes on Vista

Microsoft released the home version of Windows Vista last week, and it wasn’t long before the first reports appeared from users indicating that music tracks purchased from the online store were not playable on iTunes. Apple on Vista PCs.

Apple’s response has been swift, publishing its iTunes Repair Tool for Vista 1.0. This is an 88 KB download that can be downloaded from here.

Apple indicates that the software update, which is intended for Vista users only (regardless of whether the operating system is installed on a Mac or a PC), will fix “Important file permissions required for iTunes to play purchases made through the iTunes Store. “

iTunes 7.02 can work with Windows Vista on most typical PCs, although Apple recommends Windows users delay their Vista upgrade until “the next iTunes update, which will be available in the next few months.”

According to Apple, users who upgrade their computers to Vista may encounter the following issues in iTunes:

– iTunes Store purchases may not play when upgrading to Windows Vista from Windows 2000 or XP.

– iPod models that have the “Use as hard disk” feature enabled may not be able to update or restore the iPod software, as well as make changes to the iPod settings.

– iPod models that are set to sync automatically and have the “Use as hard drive” feature disabled may need to be ejected and plugged in again to sync.

– Ejecting an iPod from the Windows taskbar, using the “Safely Eject Hardware” feature can corrupt the iPod. To safely eject the iPod, the Eject option must be selected from the iTunes Controls menu.

– The animation of the Cover Flow feature may be slower.

– Calendars and contacts will not be synced.