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USB-IF sides with Apple in Pre/iTunes syncing debacle

By Matthew
Sep 23, 2009
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  1. Leading up to the Palm Pre's launch, news broke that the iPhone competitor was able to dupe iTunes into thinking it was an Apple device. To accomplish this, Palm used a vendor ID that had been issued to Apple by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF). In effect, the Pre was able to sync things like DRM-free music and photos. As most expected, Apple's reaction was less than friendly.

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  2. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 843   +11

    Well as much as I don't like Apple, I think its pretty clear Palm was doing something they were not supposed to. Using someone else Vendor ID sounds very illegal to me.
  3. It really is a bit anti-competitive; I don't see any harm in Apple allowing it, however, they have the right to block it because it's their software.
  4. Yeah, what the heck, Palm? I don't like all the proprietary stuff regarding iTunes, but it's fully within Apple's rights to use it. A work-around is something I would expect from the internet community, but not from an actual corporation, much less one the size of Palm.
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