How Palm Re-Enabled iTunes Sync
The Pre is now telling your computer that the vendor who made it is Apple. The change here is that with previous versions of webOS, the Vendor ID was “0 × 0830 (Palm Inc.).” So while previously the Pre identified itself as a “mass storage device” called an iPod, now it’s identifying itself as a “mass storage device manufactured by Apple” called an iPod.
[John Gruber] This is a direct violation of the USB licensing agreement. But, in what can only be described as true chutzpah, Palm has preemptively filed a complaint against Apple to the USB Implementors Forum, accusing Apple of misusing the USB Vendor ID.
Wow, so now they have guts to call the Palm an Apple device to TRICK iTunes into syncing. This is extremely low down and dirty. I'm not quite sure of the selling point for users that may happen upon news that this is "dirty" or "not legal". I'm also not sure of the business model Palm is currently in - it's like they're trying to market the Palm to hackers and not to the general public.