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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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.

That's all well and good - but tight integration between hardware and software doesn't automatically make it necessary to lock-out third-party software.

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.

By that reasoning, Apple shouldn't allow 3rd-party software to run on OS X at all. After all, many of those applications are the products of other companies, over which Apple has no control and whose quality could vary wildly, diluting and disturbing yada yada yada.

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

When has anyone from Palm ever stated that they expect Apple to help them? There's a difference between actively helping someone - and simply refraining from hindering them, everything I've seen indicates that Palm would be happy with the latter.

Edited 2009-09-23 17:32 UTC

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