Apple gets support to block Palm Pre from iTunes

The battle between Apple and Palm over access to iTunes has been a long standing one, but now Apple has been given the green light to block the Pre fr

The battle between Apple and Palm over access to iTunes has been a long standing one, but now Apple has been given the green light to block the Pre from using iTunes.

Palm's bragging about the Pre's compatibility with Apple's software brought about an update that once more blocked the phone from accessing it.

A PalmOS update returned iTunes compatibility, but Palm still filed a complaint against Apple with the USB Implementers Forum, the standard for USB connections. It claimed Apple was "restraining trade" by blocking access its software to all other devices.

However, the group saw it differently – saying the Pre's ability to mask itself as an iPod in order to work with iTunes was actually in violation to the group's membership agreement, and has given the company seven days to respond to his "potential violation".

A spokesperson for the group said: "Under the Policy, Palm may only use the single Vendor ID issued to Palm for Palm’s usage. Usage of any other company’s Vendor ID is specifically precluded.”

We'll have to see how this tiff works itself out – but what do you think? Is Apple right to block its software to devices? Let us know below, and if you're curious about the Palm Pre ahead of its 17 October release date, check out our full review and our first hands on video to see what we thought.

 

Via: NY Times Bits