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The Palm Pre will be the first non-Apple phone to feature firmware-supported syncing with iTunes. The great mystery is whether Apple will try to sue Palm to block this feature.  (Source: Apple 2.0)
New smart phone will be first non-Apple phone to sync nicely with iTunes, but will Apple ruin the party?

For iPod users on the fence over whether to jump on the iPhone bandwagon or try the new Palm Pre, the iPhone's first multi-touch competitor, they may just have gotten a bit of an incentive to choose the latter.  It has been revealed that the Palm Pre will sync perfectly with iTunes, allowing customers with iPods to transfer their music files without hassle or third-party utilities.

The surprise scoop was discovered and confirmed by the many reviewers who received and have been testing early Pre handsets.  However, the news actually leaked in January from a Palm employee -- but no one followed up, as it was likely dismissed as a wild rumor.

ITunes treats the Pre just like an iPod or iPhone, except it can't get iPhone apps and it can't use old copy-protected songs (Apple recently dropped copy protection).  Previously, users could sync iTunes with smart phones like the Palm Treo and 700p, but only via a third-party application.  This time the phone's firmware comes sync-ready.

Palm is full of ex-Apple engineers, including Palm president Jon Rubinstein, who built the original iPod for Steve Jobs so this bit of news is not totally surprising.

The one uncertainty is whether Apple will block Palm's encroachment on its iTunes software.  Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook has hinted in the past that Apple may seek legal action against Palm for possible violations of its mobile devices multi-touch patent.  Palm, however, has expressed little concern over lawsuits from Apple.  It is confident that it will win any such battles, and that Apple will lose in negative publicity as well.

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RE: Apple iTunes Monopoly??
By smackababy on 5/29/2009 3:01:47 PM , Rating: 2
First, your numbers suggest that Apple is two thirds that of MS. That is immensely larger, at least by my definition.

Secondly, as for as marketshare, iTunes more than likely dominates. And the DRM is in Apple's control. They can chose to not have it, and the labels wouldn't be able to fight. Either they let iTunes sell their music in the millions, or they lose sales. Simple as that. Plus, I know the old iTunes DRM didn't allow any other player or application to use it. I had to burn ablums I purchased to a CD then rip them just to be able to stream them to my Xbox. I would be so bold as to call Apple anti-competitive.

By Mojo the Monkey on 6/3/2009 1:59:25 PM , Rating: 2
You're missing it completely.

Apple has ~892 million shares at that price. (.892 billion)

Microsoft has 8.9 BILLION shares at that price.

Go do the math. Share price does not equal how "large" a company is. You have to look at how many shares are floating around.

"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
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