When we put together our iTunes wishlist, item number three on the list got wistful that someday Apple might consider allowing non-iPod devices to sync with their music player.
Palm went so far as to pretend its Pre was an iPod so users could sync with iTunes — an action that started a cat-and-mouse game between Apple and Palm for blocking and enabling Palm-Pre-to-iTunes syncing. Palm then complained to the USB Implementers Forum, a non-profit group that oversees USB standards. According to the New York Times, not only did Palm not get the answer they were looking for — they were actually told that using Apple’s vendor ID to spoof that the Pre is an iPod is a violation of policy. In short, don’t expect Apple to open that walled garden any time soon. [NYT]