The battle between Palm and Apple goes to the next level. After disabling the Pre's sneaky and underhanded theft of Apple's iTune's, Apple came out, as promised, and blocked the Pre's ability to pretend that it was an iPod, and thus sync with iTune's.
Now, as many know, Palm, who apparently has no scruples or shame, the other day just updated their software to unblock Apple's recent iTune's block, thus allowing Pre users to once again sync their music via their competitor's software.
So, what's next? Will Apple update iTunes once again to prevent Palm from using software that it designed exclusively for the iPod and iPhone? Will Apple finally say, 'enough is enough' and take possible legal action against Palm for it's blatant copyright and patent violations?
After all, it doesn't make much sense that after spending considerable time and money to create iTune's for the benefit of it's iPod and iPhone users, that Apple will somehow just allow anyone, like Palm, to just come in and use it's software willy-nilly and to literally help steal customers away from it's own iPhone and iPod! Such a move would be suicidal on the part of Apple.
It's probably safe to say that Apple is not too happy with Palm these days and rightfully so. As Dan would say, "I mean think about it," not only is Palm shamelessly using it's exclusive software, without it's permission, for the benefit of the Pre, but the Pre itself was developed by Palm first coming in and poaching Apple's employees (over 250 of them!), including John Rubeinstein, the former head of Apple's iPod division, and not to forget it's blatantly disregard for Apple's ideas and multi-touch patents!
Clearly, in my mind, if ever a company deserves to get legally smacked hard on the back of it's head it's Palm. I'm totally mystified and, completely intrigued, at just how openly blatant and arrogant Palm has been in it's development of the Pre. Palm was in the dumps surely, and it was very desperate to say the least, but somehow that doesn't make what it has done, and is continuing to do, somehow legal or acceptable!
I don't know if it can, or if it will, but I would tend to think that it's quite reasonable to assume that Apple is presently considering some type of legal action against Palm, if it can't technically stop Palm from it's arrogant use of it's software and patents..
In conclusion, I don't think that we heard the last of this little tit-4-tat. Palm might be desperate, but I also think that their completely dead wrong and that their probably going to end up paying the ultimate price for their arrogance! As Seeking Alpha reported today, when it comes to Palm vs Apple, it's no contest!
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Friday, July 24, 2009
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