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Apple Blocks Palm Pre iTunes Syncing

Very expected, but sooner than I thought. What are the odds on an Apple/Palm legal showdown over iTunes lockout? Seems like Palm would have a good chance.

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Why Palm’s WebOS ‘Media Sync’ iTunes Integration Can’t Be Legit

John Gruber on the new Pre’s integration with iTunes. He’s, as usual, pretty right. The real crime here, though, is that Apple doesn’t provide a good way for third party devices to do this without this kind of chicanery.

There’s another thing here, too: maybe Palm is using their position to force Apple’s hand? Obviously, the market that Palm is gunning for is going to have a lot of iTunes users, and for many (including me, if I owned a Pre) easy, smooth, syncing with iTunes isn’t just a feature, it is an essential.