Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Sep 2009 13:25 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems We have a new chapter in the Palm Pre and iTunes saga. We all remember that the Pre could sync with iTunes, but that Apple wasn't particularly keen on this. The Cupertino company issued an iTunes which intentionally broke Pre syncing, but Palm retorted by re-enabling it not long after. Palm also sent a complaint to the USB Implementers Forum about Apple's behaviour, but the USB-IF squarely sides with Apple.
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RE: seems like the right ruling
by Tony Swash on Wed 23rd Sep 2009 14:31 UTC in reply to "seems like the right ruling"
Tony Swash
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2009-08-22

Apple limiting iTunes connectivity to there own hardware products is a little scummy and sad.


Why is that scummy and sad? The whole of the Apple product design philosophy is based on tying hardware design very closely to software design so as to produce an unusually seamless experience for the user. This design philosophy is what underpins the attraction of Apple products to the consumer and hence the success of the company.

Why should Apple let the products of other companies, over which they have no control and whose quality could vary wildly, dilute and disturb the careful software/hardware harmony they have strived so hard to achieve. If Palm want to emulate the Apple iPhone/iTunes bundle fine - but they shouldn't try intrude into and disrupt the careful product ecosystems that Apple has created and then expect Apple to help them

Other companies have other design models. Microsoft for example writes software to run on any old combination of kit that a manufacturer cobbles together - this model has been very successful in the past but it seems to be less successful now, particularly in the new emerging mobile technology markets. Its telling that Microsoft has been drawn more and more into making its own hardware to run its software (Zune, xbox, etc) its just a shame that they seem to make such weak, mediocre, derivative crap from which they seem to make no profit at all. Its also telling that the Zune doesn't work with macs - luckily it doesn't matter.

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