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Industry Group: It's OK for Apple's iTunes to Block Palm Pre Sync

Apple Inc. appears to have clearance from an industry group to block rival Palm Inc.'s Pre phone from connecting with iTunes software. 

Palm complained to the group in July that Apple was improperly using its USB vendor code to block competitors. But the group disagreed in a letter sent to both companies Tuesday.

The letter also warned that if Palm updates the Pre's software to include Apple's vendor code — a move Palm indicated in its complaint that it planned to make in order to restore the iTunes feature — it would violate the group's rules.

The group asked Palm to clarify its intent and respond within a week about the potential violation.

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.

The iTunes spat is part of a larger rivalry building between Apple and Palm, whose chairman and CEO, Jon Rubinstein, once was an executive at Apple and oversaw the iPod. The Pre includes a "multi-touch" screen like Apple's iPhone, which lets users do things like pinch the screen to zoom in and out of photos.

PreCentral reported earlier today that webOS 1.2.1 will be delayed but that the new release will fix the iTunes sync. Considering it was report that the iTunes initial sync was just shy of two and a half hours to repair, we would have to bet that we haven't heard the end of this battle.


Palm reports Apple over USB restrictions; Apple's block-out


Palm has issued a complaint against Apple with the USB Implementers Forum which states that Apple is restricting it's trade options for use against other hardware. USB Core, which is a public information site covering USB technology said Palm believes that Apple is restraining trade because it will not allow Palm Pre to access iTunes.

"This is an anti-trust case it would seem as this means Apple is ignoring the standards that were supposed to make interoperability options via USB possible, This is due to the fact that Apple is a member of the USB-IF which has three standards: the wireless USB, USB on the go, and the simple USB. This is a very unexpected move for Palm to make and without a clear precedent or similar case industry experts are not sure what direction the move will take." reports USB Core.

This is an anti-trust case it would seem as this means Apple is ignoring the standards that were supposed to make interoperability options via USB possible.


iTunes to Lock Out Palm Pre's Syncing Ability?


Looks like Apple is taking a serious look at "third" party providers syncing with iTunes. In a statement released today on Apple's website, they go on to say that they 'may' not support syncing of outside devices posing as an iPod.

Apple is aware that some third-parties claim that their digital media players are able to sync with Apple software. However, Apple does not provide support for, or test for compatibility with, non-Apple digital media players and, because software changes over time, newer versions of Apple's iTunes software may no longer provide syncing functionality with non-Apple digital media players.

Why Apple would do this and shoot themselves in the foot is beyond me. But this could be the end for Palm's Pre and any future devices when it comes to syncing with iTunes. But since CEO Jon Rubinstien, the former head of iTunes division is now running the show over at Palm, we could be in a very long wait and see policy on both sides of the digital divide.

[Via Engadget]


How Palm Pre Used Hacker Exploits to Gain Access to iTunes 

According to the guys over at engadget, the work-around for iTunes sync is a bit of a hack. Apparently, the Palm Pre classifies itself as an iPod when in Media Mode and only in the system's mass storage interface. But the root USB stil shows up as the Palm Pre. Curious to see if Apple decides to lock the haX0r attempt and block the Pre. Only time will tell.


Confirmed: Palm Pre Still Syncs with iTunes


Palm has touted the Pre’s ability to synchronize seamlessly with Apple iTunes. But the latest iTunes 8.2 update raised some doubts as to whether iTunes would still connect flawlessly with the Pre.

Now sources who have tested the Pre with the iTunes 8.2 have confirmed to that music syncing still works.

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Roger McNamee and Jon Rubinstein on Marketing the Palm Pre

Roger McNamee and Jon Rubinstein make a Faux video about marketing the Palm Pre.


Can I Get Some iTunes Love? Yes, Palm Pre Does!

Executive Chairman Jon Rubinstein probably made this transition for the Palm Pre bit easier. Reason being, Mr. Rubinstein is an ex-Apple executive and was the former head of Apple’s iPod division which probably gave him some pretty personal familiarity of iTunes. Problem may turn out that Apple may go after anyone who tries to circumvent iTunes and they have done so in the past. We just have to remember that there are always ways around software if one is so inclined = WinAmp.

But for the rest of you that use iTunes, this will be a welcome addition to the Palm Pre.

Question is: how is Amazon going to feel about the whole arraignment?