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

By Matthew
Sep 23, 2009
  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: 831   +18

    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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