Ever since March when Apple launched iTunes 7.1, it wasn’t smooth sailing for Vista users because ejecting an iPod from the Windows notification area using the “safely remove hardware” feature could have corrupted your iPod.
Fortunately, an iPod update that fixes this issue is now available at the Microsoft Download Center. According to the Windows Vista Blog, the update will be automatically available on May 22 via automatic updates, however it’s available now for download.
Microsoft and Apple teamed up to get this issue resolved (yes you read that right, they worked together), and they’re both recommending that anybody using Windows Vista with iTunes and the iPod download this update.
There could be problems if you use one of the following methods to disconnect your iPod:
- You use the Safely Remove Hardware feature in the notification area to disconnect the iPod. Then, you disconnect the USB cable.
- You use the Eject command in Windows Explorer to disconnect the iPod. Then, you disconnect the USB cable.
I’m sure no one wants to deal with a corrupt iPod, so put this update at the top of your priority list.