iTunes to block Palm Pre
The $ 200 Pre began in June as a direct competitor to the iPhone, and became the first Apple device that could connect directly to iTunes. He did that in essence, posing as an iPod or iPhone.
Apple crippled this function by updating their software. To get around it, Palm uses a similar solution to the original method of connection to previous iTunes: Software Updates Pre, so that when connected to a computer’s USB port was given a code provider Apple hardware that was assigned by the USB Implementers Forum, a group of industry standards. ITunes then see the pre as a device from Apple and allows users to transfer content to it. The phone does not work with latest iTunes version, however.
Palm complained to the group in July that Apple is the abuse of his USB vendor code to block competition. But the group disagreed in a letter to both companies on Tuesday.
The letter also warned that if Palm software updates before to include Apple’s supplier code – a move of Palm stated in his complaint that he had planned to restore the function of iTunes – that would violate the rules of group.
The group asked Palm to clarify its intent and respond within one week on the possible violation.
Palm Derick network, said company spokesman contacted the USB group, believing that consumers should be able to decide how to use the media that his property is not subject to copy restrictions. He said that Palm is reviewing the letter and answer if you think appropriate.
Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said the company had no comment.
The dispute over iTunes is part of a larger building rivalry between Apple and Palm, whose president and CEO, Jon Rubinstein, once was an executive at Apple, and oversaw the iPod. Pre includes a “multi-touch screen like the Apple iPhone, which lets users do things like pinch the screen to zoom in and out of photos.