Apple Fine Print Warns That Palm Pre iTunes Syncing Could Die

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Apple took to their support pages, informing Palm that they could disable the Pre's compatibility with iTunes—without actually saying as much.

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Daring Fireball was first to point out the support article, titled "iTunes: About unsupported third-party digital media players." In the one paragraph article, Apple writes:

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.

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Unofficial translation: We have the power to hit the kill switch on Pre syncing before you can switch from Pandora to Tweed (which is actually pretty fast). Tread lightly.

What this means for the Pre compatibility actually being shut down by Apple, nobody knows. But that's a pretty strong message, even if it isn't quite a threat. [Daring Fireball via TechCrunch]

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A broad shot across the bow. What I find most interesting is that they are talking about it rather than just doing it, although it seems that they'd have a vested interest in having as many people using the iTunes store- even non iPod/iPhone owners- as possible.