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Apple Blocks Palm Pre iTunes Syncing

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

[link]: http://www.precentral.net/apple-blocks-palm-pre-itunes-syncing “Apple Blocks Palm Pre iTunes Syncing | PreCentral.net”

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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][link]. 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*.

[link]: http://daringfireball.net/2009/06/webos_itunes_integration “Daring Fireball: Why Palm’s WebOS ‘Media Sync’ iTunes Integration Can’t Be Legit”