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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Apple limiting iTunes connectivity to there own hardware products is a little scummy and sad that the public accepts this without question.

Apple aren't the only ones doing this - others have been doing this for years, even long before USB. Did HP scanners work with Canon scanner software? Same for digital cameras and printers. Some external hard drives - going back a number of years now - were even bundled with software that would only work with those drives. Some of those software packages also allowed you to access services or products that were limited to that software - especially packages offering photo printing and downloadable templates that you could purchase online - they only worked with that software / hardware combo.

Companies have been doing this for years - the difference here is that people don't like it because Apple have made a huge success of the iPod and ITMS, so all of a sudden it's scummy...

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