Originally Posted by timgriff84
It's seems very very unlikely that the Pre could have been stopped from syncing if Palm had made it identify itself the same way as an iPOD does. It seems a lot more likely apple have built in an extra check that would recognize part of the Pre and block that.
I would sincerely doubt they'd be that stupid as that would be a direct move against a specific competitor and if they do ever end up in anti-trust court it would be very bad. What they have probably done is used something other than the USB identifier to identify the iPod or they've used a more specific way of verifying this identifier. It could be a call to software in the device, the checking of a file on the device or the verification of a digital signature of the software on the device. It really could be any number of things.
What would be interesting is to see if old iPods still work. Ones that haven't had their software updated in ages. I'm going to pull out my 1st gen iPod and see if it still syncs OK. I know as of 6 months ago it did just fine. If it does then their additional verification checks have been a thought since the very beginning or they've been excluded from the additional verification. In which case it'd be in Palm's best interest to investigate this as well.
Also I would like to give kudos to TenoBall for pointing out that Monopolies themselves are not illegal. That is such a common misconception. He's correct in stating that it's the ABUSE of a monopoly that is. I wrote a very long winded response to a terrible article published by PC World on the subject. I received no response naturally.
For those that are interested I checked my 1G iPod (Yes the one with a physical wheel) and it still works in the newest iTunes properly. So their new check is most likely a more specific verification of the identifier, the checking of a file that's been there since day one, or potentially a digital signature as I know they have signed their code for quite some time. As long as it's not the latter the Pre will likely be able to be updated to exploit it fairly easily. If it's a digital signature it'll be a bit more risky for Pre to replicate as it could argue that they are forging Apple's digital signature. (These are recognized by the law, look up Bill Clinton Digital Signature for more information).
Consequently just to be clear the workings of the protection / verification is all just my take on how it might be done.