Originally Posted by ChiA
In other words:
This kind of behavior gives me less and less respect for Apple.
Apple wants its iPod child to live happily in the Windows apartment rented from the Microsoft landlord.
Apple wants the plumbing in its Windows apartment to play nice with its iTunes washing machine, but when the tables are turned and Palm merely wants to use the iTunes washing machine, Apple cries like a child, takes its ball and goes home.
i.e. Apple and Palm each have their own apartments in the same Windows block with the same plumbing, why does Palm have to buy, install and maintain their own machine when Apple has the nice iTunes machine in its apartment?
All Palm wants to do is wash its clothes in Apple's machine; Palm gets clean clothes without paying for the soap, utilities or maintenance.
Palm doesn't care its Apple neighbor keeps changing the locks after each trespass; Palm's only too happy getting free laundry at Apple's expense!
I'm happy and grateful that my analogy has helped understanding.
Your analogy is a complete work of fiction.
Apple only uses the published Windows API in their Windows applications, their applications don't pretend to be some something else and their hardware doesn't pretend to be anything they are not. Apple doesn't do anything different than Adobe or Intuit or Roxio or Quark or Autodesk or anyone else does on the Windows platform.
(Off on a tangent, do you really think Microsoft would allow Apple to use a non-standard, non-published interface?)
Palm pretends their Pre is an Apple iPod. Despite the fact there is a published interface for communicating with a users iTunes collection (Mac or Windows), which companies like RIM (Blackberry) use successfully with their own cell phone sync apps. Palm could do the same with a little bit of effort, but Jon Rubinstein is too lazy to do his own coding; he'd rather take advantage of someone else's work.
Here's a better analogy.
Apple built an apartment building. The nicer iPod/iPhone apartments have their own washing machines. The cheaper Pre apartments have to use a shared coin laundromat in the basement. A tad less convenient, but the clothes get just as clean. Palm picked the locks of the iPod/iPhone apartment without the owners consent and issued duplicate keys to the people in the cheaper Pre apartments, instead of using the laundromat.
Seriously, if you found someone in your apartment using your stuff, wouldn't you change the locks at the minimum
Not that it matters, the non-iPhone smartphone momentum is clearly going to the Droid, not the Pre. I predict that Jon Rubinstein will be looking for a new apartment complex in no time.