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Palm webOS 1.2 Debuts Sans iTunes Sync

Sep 30, 2009, 16:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Megna)

"The two rivals had been involved in a back-and-forth standoff over the feature, which allowed the Pre to pose as an iPod by using the iPod's vendor identification number, and therefore transfer content through a direct link iTunes, rather than through third-party software as other devices do.

"Palm launched the Pre with direct iTunes sync, touting it as a major feature, but Apple responded by blocking it with the next version of its iTunes software. Palm replaced it when it updated webOS shortly after, only to see Apple disable it again with the Sept. 9 release of iTunes 9.

"During that time, Palm asked the USB standards group to make a ruling on Apple's moves, claiming the iPhone maker was thwarting competition and therefore violating the USB Implementers Forum compliance agreement. Palm's strategy backfired, however, with the USB board ruling that Palm was at fault."

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