Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 24th Jul 2009 22:52 UTC
Editorial Every few years we geeks have our own kind of popcorn show to watch: tech companies showing teeth to one another. This time around, it's Palm vs Apple. In all seriousness though, how ethical is the battle around iTunes?
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RE: Comment by memson
by OSGuy on Sat 25th Jul 2009 06:21 UTC in reply to "Comment by memson"
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2006-01-01

I don't think this is about supporting third party devices. My understanding is that it is more related to deliberately disabling third party devices. It's like getting a Sony CD player for your car and it only allows you to play Sony CDs and nothing else despite the fact it is a common standard. Well in this case Palm did what they had to "Pretend to be an Apple device" and let's see what Apple will do now? Ban their own vendor ID? ;) Imagine the consequences for such an action. In the current situation, until Apple finds a better way of detecting an authentic Apple device, Palm Pre will just work.

Edited 2009-07-25 06:22 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by memson
by middleware on Mon 27th Jul 2009 13:14 in reply to "RE: Comment by memson"
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2006-05-11

If you think this has nothing to do with "supporting third party device", you shouldn't feel uncomfortable when it is broken in a new version. When you say CD player is a standard, you must be aware iTune protocol is not. Don't say there is no cost to allow third party devices work via hacking. There is always cost. More than once, a product is hacked to work with a third party device. Then when the product is upgraded, all the third party devices are killed and customers just blame the vendor of the product. Because software is so complicated, Apple can not assure if an upgrade would break Palm's device so it is better to let Palm users know the danger to rely on such a fragile inter-work before they get use to it.

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