The Apple-Palm battle continues. Palm has sent a complaint to the USB Implementers Forum about an improper use of the Vendor ID number. When manufacturing devices that depend on USB, a form is signed that has the following line attached: “Unauthorized use of assigned or unassigned USB Vendor ID Numbers and associated Product ID Numbers are strictly prohibited.”
Palm’s complaint is that Apple is disallowing Palm’s Vendor ID from using iTunes. When connecting the Palm Pre to a USB connection, the Pre shows up as an iPod / mass storage device (ID 0x05ac) instead of the Palm (ID 0x083). Palm believes that this misrepresents their brand and I agree with them.
If I owned a Palm Pre and connected it to a computer, but it showed up as an Apple product name instead, I’d be fuming and confused.