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Palm Reports Apple to USB Compliance Organization

Palm has reported Apple, to the USB Implementers Forum for improper use of the Vendor ID used to identify devices Palm Logousing the USB interface.

“Palm believes that openness and interoperability offer better experiences for users by allowing them the freedom to use the content they own without interference across devices and services, so on behalf of consumers, we have notified the USB Implementers Forum of what we believe is improper use of the Vendor ID number by another member.”

This move is a bold statement by Palm given the company’s apparent misuse of Apple’s USB Vendor ID in order to permit iTunes media syncing.

When plugging a Palm Pre running WebOS 1.1, it’s identifies itself with an Apple USB Vendor ID:

Product ID: 0x8002
Vendor ID: 0x05ac (Apple Inc.)
Version: 0.16
Manufacturer: Palm Inc.

Such use of another manufacturer’s Vendor ID is “strictly prohibited” by the USB Implementers Forum:

When you apply for a USB Vendor ID, you sign a form that explicitly states that:

“Unauthorized use of assigned or unassigned USB Vendor ID Numbers and associated Product ID Numbers are strictly prohibited.”

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