Palm Releases WebOS 1.1, Restores Pre Syncing to iTunes, Reports Apple to USB Compliance Organization
Palm has released WebOS version 1.1 to Palm Pre users, which reportedly adds quite a few new features and bug fixes including the lost ability to sync with iTunes once again. The ability to sync with iTunes was disabled in the latest iTunes update, leaving Pre users to use whatever crappy media software the Pre comes with.
Of course Apple doesn’t support syncing the Pre with iTunes, which is why it broke in the first place. Now in a move sure to make Palm look like a bunch of “Pre-tards,” the company has decided to file a complaint with the USB Compliance Organization.
The complaint is essentially stating that Palm believes Apple’s closed policy of only allowing the iPod and iPhone to sync with iTunes is unfair.
“Palm has released webOS 1.1, which, along with offering more robust EAS support for business users, re-enables Palm media sync,” said company spokesperson Lynn Fox. “Palm believes that openness and interoperability offer better experiences for users by allowing them the freedom to use the content they own without interference across devices and services, so on behalf of consumers, we have notified the USB Implementers Forum of what we believe is improper use of the Vendor ID number by another member.”
Now here’s where things get fun. Palm is reporting Apple to the USB guys in spite of the fact that they’re faking their USB vender ID to get the Pre to work with iTunes. That sort of behavior is a big no-no, especially if you have a vendor ID of your own that you’d like to hang onto like Palm does.
From the lovely folks at PreCentral.net:
So the big question: How did Palm re-enable iTunes sync? The answer, so far as we can tell, is to go even deeper in their efforts to make the Pre look like an iPod. I just plugged my 1.1 Pre into my Mac in Media Sync mode and sure enough, it’s identifying itself with an Apple USB Vendor ID:
Product ID: 0×8002
Vendor ID: 0x05ac (Apple Inc.)
Manufacturer: Palm Inc.
When you apply for a USB Vendor ID, you sign a form that explicitly states that:
“Unauthorized use of assigned or unassigned USB Vendor ID Numbers and associated Product ID Numbers are strictly prohibited.”
So what will happen to the Pretards? Good question. I’m certainly willing to sit back and watch the fun.
And if you caught my slight reference to FSJ, namaste. You get a cookie.