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Apple Slams the iTunes Door on Palm Pre

apple itunes palm pre Apple Slams the iTunes Door on Palm Pre

Recently Palm released the Pre smartphone phone that looked and acted very similar to another smartphone, namely the iPhone.  It even did something no other smartphone has been allowed or able to do and that was (past tense) connect to iTunes.  Well as you can imagine that went over like a fart in church with Apple and they immediately implemented an “upgrade” to block the Pre’s access.

In response, Palm threaten to change the USB vendor code so that, when connected, the Pre looked like an iPhone to iTunes and could still sync.  And that brings us to where we are today.

There is an industry standards group called USB Implementers Forum and they ruled today that this move by Palm violates the group’s rules.

Now the ball is back in Palm’s court and we will have to wait and how they respond.

Palm spokesman Derick Mains said the company contacted the USB group because it believes consumers should be able to decide how they use media they own that is not subject to copy-protection restrictions. He said Palm is reviewing the letter and will respond if it thinks it is appropriate.

Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said the company had no comment.  (imagine that)

This is just another blow in the continuing battle between Apple and Palm.  This rivalry stems from the fact that Palm’s chairman and CEO is Jon Rubinstein who once was an executive at Apple and oversaw the iPod development.

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Daniel Black is the President and CEO of MobiMadness, Inc. Over the last 4 decades Dan has been an IT Director, Project Manager, Firefighter, EMT, and Army Staff Sergeant (retired).

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