Palm tried again, this time using an approach where the Pre reports Apple’s own USB vendor ID in hopes of circumventing Apple’s patch. Apple updated iTunes to 9, once again thwarting Palm. Then, mid-scuffle, Palm drew a deep lungful of air and cried “Mommmmmmmm!”—the part of “mom” in this case being played by the USB Implementers Forum, the maintainers of the specification.
But, as so often is the case, it’s he who complains to Mom who gets in trouble. According to Arik Hesseldahl at BusinessWeek, the USB-IF has ruled that not only did Palm not provide any evidence of Apple using its Vendor ID against the rules, but Palm’s use of spoofing that ID to get access to iTunes is strictly verboten. Palm now has seven days to “clarify its intent.”
Whoops. That sounds you hear? Palm’s lawyers and engineers furiously backpedaling to come up with either a) another solution for working with iTunes or b) a realllllllly good way to ta
lk themselves out of this.
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