Microsoft has released a patch of its new operating system Windows Vista that fixes connectivity problems with Apple's iPod.

The patch, which was released on Tuesday is designed to fix a problem that had left iPods vulnerable to being corrupted if Vista users selected the operating system's Safely Remove Hardware option to eject the music player.

While Apple had already announced and provided an update for iTunes to version 7.1.1 to fix several Vista-related problems, many still remained.

In the short term Apple had recommended that users should to only use the eject function within iTunes to remove an iPod in Vista.

Other patches unveiled included one that keeps Vista from ruining raw images taken with Canon EOS-1D or EOS-1Ds cameras.