Earlier this summer, Palm filed a complaint with the USB Implementers Forum, an industry group that oversees standards for USB connections, claiming that Apple was restraining trade by only allowing Apple devices to access iTunes, its popular media management software.
On Wednesday, the group replied to the letter, dismissing Palm’s assertion that Apple was in violation of its policies. It also said that Palm’s strategy of having its Pre phone masquerade as an iPod so it would work with iTunes was a violation of the group’s membership agreement.
“Under the Policy, Palm may only use the single Vendor ID issued to Palm for Palm’s usage,” said Ms. Donnell. “Usage of any other company’s Vendor ID is specifically precluded.”