"One of the things that was touched upon was the recent release
of the Palm Pre smartphone which relies on Apple's iTunes software
for synchronising music with a computer. An interesting question
asked was what would happen if Apple decided to block the Pre from
using iTunes. Now, just over a week later, this is exactly what
happened. Apple has indeed blocked the Pre from using iTunes with
its latest update.
"Unfortunately, this is just business as usual in the world of
proprietary software. In the end, Palm will surely find a way
around this, but in the meantime, the users are being held hostage.
Adding insult to injury, many Palm Pre owners have likely been
purchasing music from iTunes to put on their new smartphones, thus
becoming Apple customers as well, so in the end this move hurts
Apple's music sales too."