IPods could be damaged by Microsoft’s new computer operating system, the company behind the popular digital music players has warned.
Apple, the long-standing rival of Bill Gates’s Microsoft, is urging users not to upgrade their PCs to the Vista system until it comes up with a compatible version of the software that runs iPods.
Microsoft launched its long-awaited Vista operating system in a blaze of publicity last week and claimed that more than 5,000 hardware and software products would work with it.
But Apple, which has sold 90 million iPods since 2001, says many users of the iconic portable music players have had problems when connecting them to PCs using Vista.
It claims some have found that songs bought on its iTunes Store will not play on the new system, and that other Vista users have even seen their iPods corrupted when they try to unplug them. The contacts and calendar functions on iPods are also said to be affected.
A statement on Apple’s website reads: “iTunes Store purchases may not play when upgrading to Windows Vista from Windows 2000 or XP.
“Ejecting an iPod from the Windows System Tray using the Safely Remove Hardware feature may corrupt your iPod.”
Microsoft has already released a software update for Vista users so they can play their iTunes Store songs.
But Apple is still warning PC users not to use Vista until it can release a completely new version of the iTunes software.
Apple’s website states: “Apple recommends that customers wait to upgrade Windows until after the next release of iTunes which will be available in the next few weeks.”
Microsoft said it has a dedicated team working on problems with Vista and iTunes, and insisted users should not stop using the new operating system.