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Apple: Don't upgrade to Vista yet

Apple has said its iTunes software won't work properly on Vista, so Windows users should wait a few weeks before upgrading

Apple's campaign against Windows Vista stepped up a notch recently as the company urged iTunes users not to upgrade to Vista. According to the BBC, Apple has said there are several problems with iTunes on Vista, including synchronisation issues, poor animation performance and a failure to play music you've downloaded and paid for.

Apple says there will be a new, Vista-compatible version of iTunes released at some point in the future -- possibly within a month. In the meantime, Apple has released a downloadable fix called the 'iTunes Repair Tool for Vista 1.0', which will 'repair permissions for important files'.

The fact that iTunes doesn't work properly on Vista is rather convenient for Apple, given its current marketing push against Microsoft. The announcement follows a prominent Apple advertising campaign depicting PCs as unreliable, virus-plagued fun-suckers. Crave is curious: it's not as if Apple hasn't had umpteen years to notice that Vista was being released.

Windows users should take heart though. Bill Gates recently hit back at the Apple ads saying the PC now has a leg up on the Mac when it comes to security, which will be a surprise to all Mac users, who seem blissfully unaware of the dangers he's talking about.

"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day," he said. "Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine."

Fighting words if ever we heard 'em.

You can check out Crave's own views on iTunes by listening to episode 20 of the Crave Podcast, where we put the Apple software on trial -- oh, and just for good measure, we give you five other reasons why you might not want to use Vista. -RR