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    WebOS Update Re-enables ITunes Sync on Palm Pre - Business Center - PC World
    Competition law - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I think it's one of two things: either Palm is in talks with Apple and is hoping to get them officially onboard with this or their lawyers are confident that should Apple take them to court over this, they can charge Apple with antitrust allegations and swing the decision in their favor. And it doesn't hurt to get mentioned on Apple-centric blogs the world over every time you throw the word "iTunes" into a blog post.
    Could this be what Palm was saying when they first said that Apple blocking the pre could in turn hurt Apple?

    I read on these forums somewhere that Apple is the new Microsoft and Palm is the new Apple. I'm seeing this coming true more and more every day.

    Flame on!

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    Could Palm sue... sure. they can sue anyone they want.


    Do i think they could win said antitrust suit, no way.

    Still doesn't mean it would be bad PRPRPR $for$ $Palm$ $though$.
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    In the sense of capitalism, why should Apple be expected to help a competitor? In the sense of a socialist, that is another thing. Goodness what a waste of time.
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    There's plenty of alternatives (most of them better) to itunes, so I don't think they have a case.
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    actually its a 2 way street. Palm would help them cause more people would be buying movies and such from itunes. And palm would just be selling their open hardware.
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    Let's see... According to NPD, Apple has greater than 80% market share of MP3 players. The next biggest competitor, Sandisk, has less than 5%. Additionally, last I heard, iTunes was still leading the digital content distribution pack by a wide margin.

    I'm not saying it would be easy, but Apple's position could indeed be cast as a monopoly. By tightly integrating iTunes and iPod (and, most importantly, by actively excluding competition from this ecosystem), Apple has artificially increased the cost of entry into a market they effectively control. This is the heart of antitrust.

    Palm knows this, and Apple knows this. At the moment, each company is merely feeling the other out. The advantage is mostly to Palm - any publicity is good publicity, especially if it comes at the cost of customers' perceptions of the mighty Mapple. Er, Apple.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bclinger View Post
    In the sense of capitalism, why should Apple be expected to help a competitor? In the sense of a socialist, that is another thing. Goodness what a waste of time.
    One company to rule them all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SiniStereO View Post
    The advantage is mostly to Palm - any publicity is good publicity, especially if it comes at the cost of customers' perceptions of the mighty Mapple. Er, Apple.
    This is exactly right! I just realized this a few minutes ago. Palm WANTED Apple to block syncing. They egged them on totally! It brings such awesome free publicity to Palm. If Apple had just reacted to iTunes syncing with a meh and done nothing about it, no one would be talking about it. The issue would be dead. Instead, Apple blocked it, it was big news, and Palm bringing it back and filing a complaint with the USB-IF makes it even bigger news. Everyone loves this kind of cat and mouse, underdog story. It just makes for a fantastic read. So this will go on and on.

    I would bet big wads of cash (if I had them) that Palm was totally prepared with several fixes based on how Apple might have chosen to block it. Look at how quickly they turned around a fix. They had to have had several fixes in the pipeline already, even before Apple released 8.2.1.

    I would also bet that when Apple blocked the Pre with 8.2.1, Rubinstein did a little dance of joy. Apple played perfectly into Palm's ploy. Palm will sell more Pres as a result.

    It's genius. It's beautiful.
    Palm III-->Handspring Visor-->Sony Clie PEG-NR70-->no PDA -->Palm Treo 755p-->Palm Pre-->HP Veer
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    It would be interesting to see it play out in court but I don't see why they should have to support other devices but their own. I mean it's their software.

    I would really rather see Palm partner with someone like amazon and bring out their own desktop sodtware.
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    Its a complicated thing called competition laws. I've provided a wikipedia link with some good info. Its not so much as supporting another product, but its that when a company controls a majority of a market, locking out the competition stifles competition of the platform in general.

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