Apple's Subtle warning to the Palm Pre about Itunes syncing.
One of the Palm Pre's selling points is its ability to sync with your current Itunes library. On Tuesday, Apple published a support article iTunes: About unsupported third-party digital media players. Read the excerpt below
Apple designs the hardware and software to provide seamless integration of the iPhone and iPod with iTunes, the iTunes Store, and tens of thousands of apps on the App Store. Apple is aware that some third-parties claim that their digital media players are able to sync with Apple software. However, Apple does not provide support for, or test for compatibility with, non-Apple digital media players and, because software changes over time, newer versions of Apple’s iTunes software may no longer provide syncing functionality with non-Apple digital media players.
While they don't mention Palm by name, It's pretty clear who they are talking about. The thing is, their has always been devices that are able to copy songs from Itunes but the Palm Pre goes the extra step of identifying itself as an iPod. This of course has something to do with the fact that the Pre has a lot of former Apple engineers working on the device.
Palm's response is
“Palm’s media sync works with the current version of iTunes,” Palm spokesperson Lynn Fox told Digital Daily’s John Paczkowski. “If Apple chooses to disable media sync in a future version of iTunes, it will be a direct blow to their users who will be deprived of a seamless synchronization experience. However, people will have options. They can stay with the iTunes version that works to sync their music on their Pre, they can transfer the music via USB, and there are other third-party applications we could consider.”
I am very surprised that Apple did not file a lawsuit like they have been threatening for months now.