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I agree with the article - it is ethically silly for Palm to be doing this.
But I wish we would dispel the myth that iTunes is locked down. At what point is something locked down? iTunes is designed to sync with iPods - they maintain support and compatibility for that feature with iPods only. They don't have the manpower or desire to support other devices.
However, they allow an open pathway for other programs and devices to access the iTunes library information and use it for syncing or other support. Many other applications do, making iTunes accessible to many other computers, operating systems, and devices.
How is iTunes not open? How is it locked down?
I just don't get it.