'Final' Vista iPod fix for Vista delivered

Microsoft Tuesday released what it called the “final” Vista fix for a problem that iPod owners had been having with the new operating system since its Jan. 30 launch.

“[This] works with the latest version of Apple iTunes to correct an issue that caused some iPods to become corrupted when ejecting them using Windows Explorer or the ‘Safely Remove Hardware’ function in the System Tray,” said Nick White, a Vista program manager, on the team’s blog. “Apple and Windows have partnered together to ensure a great experience in using Windows Vista with iTunes and the iPod, and both companies recommend you download this update.”

White’s current congenial attitude was in stark contrast to the situation in February, when within days of Vista’s general availability, Apple warned Windows iTunes users to delay upgrading to Vista.

In March, after Apple updated iTunes to patch several Vista-related problems while leaving the Safely Remove Hardware bug unfixed, Microsoft posted an iPod fix of its own. Today’s fix is an update to that March patch.

Although the Vista iPod patch will be made available to users May 22 at Windows Update, it can be downloaded from Microsoft’s site immediately.

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