Beleaguered Palm’s ‘strategy’ of mooching off of Apple’s iTunes fails miserably

Apple Online Store “By now you know the roe: Palm co-opts Apple iTunes access for its new Palm Pre smart phone without permission and hails the electronic trespassing as a key selling point for iPhone users to switch platforms. Apple vows to protect its intellectual property and earlier this summer issues an ‘update’ to iTunes that cuts off Pre users from syncing their devices to iTunes,” Jim Goldman reports for CNBC. “Then Palm issues an update of its own, re-opening Pre’s access to iTunes.”

“Palm filed complaint with the USB Implementers Forum, the standards group that oversees USB connections on things like smartphones and computers, claiming that the Apple’s iTunes update was an improper use of the technology and that it violated USB standards rules,” Goldman reports. “It was a bold move; a bold move that failed miserably and calls into question Palm’s broader strategy – and ultimately the Pre’s success in the market.”

Goldman reports, “The USB-IF responds: ‘Under the Policy, Palm may only use the single Vendor ID issued to Palm for Palm’s usage. Usage of any other company’s Vendor ID is specifically precluded. Palm’s expressed intent to use Apple’s VID appears to violate the attached policy. Please clarify Palm’s intent and respond to this potential violation within seven days.’

“Ouch, ouch, and double ouch,” Goldman writes. “There it is for the world to see, from the overseeing body in which Palm sought refuge and solace. Instead, the company gets a closed fist retort right to the jaw.”

Goldman writes, “This is America and no company should have the right to co-opt another’s innovation. I’ve said before that ‘theft’ is not another word for innovation.”

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: RIM’s BlackBerry Media Sync is the prime example of the proper, ethical way to sync non-Apple devices with iTunes (and Windows Media Player) music files. Beleaguered Palm, likely because they’ve been running on fumes for years, along with being led by obviously ethically-challenged people, tried to take the cheap, unethical way out. Some “strategy.”


  1. @Z

    Funny, I was thinking just the reverse: Here we have a regulatory body ruling that one company is not allowed to freeload off the work of another company, even if in some perverse way it benefits some consumers. Where are all the conservative wingnuts decrying this blatant restriction on freedom? You can bet that if a federal agency had issued the same ruling we’d be hearing all about the destruction of American capitalism, with the increasingly tired comparisons to the nazis, etc. Is it possible that some regulation is necessary to having an orderly society? OMG

  2. @ralph m.

    As part of our desire for freedom, conservative wingnuts also have a respect for property rights and the rule of law.

    P.S. I am only partly a conservative wingnut. On many social and environmental issues, I am a liberal wingnut, so don’t bash me.

  3. I’m with Z on this one.

    The libs will inevitably get their panties in a bunch over this one.

    And “GeeOne” to suggest that conservatives are upset about Obama’s race is to feed into the stereo types cast upon us by the left’s own constituency. There is no more racism on the right than there is on the left. And the right certainly doesn’t take issue with Barack’s color… we dislike him solely for his policies.

  4. ?? Goldman writes, “This is America and no company should have the right to co-opt another’s innovation. I’ve said before that ‘theft’ is not another word for innovation.” ??
    Really? Oh! Yes! Thank You Geronimo!

  5. Guys, let’s not have every thread devolve into a political spat, ok? I read this site to enjoy the company of fellow Apple fans and I should not have to sift through posts from people trying to inject politics into these discussions. If I’m wrong, then I guess I’ll have to go elsewhere.

    Honestly, this is an APPLE news & rumors site. Why would anyone here assume that the Apple fans who read this site would be upset that someone ruled in Apple’s favor because they belong to one political party or another. Let’s all try and get a grip on reality here.

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