Palm has issued a complaint with the USB Implementers Forum that states Apple is restricting its trade options.

USB Core, a public information website covering USB technology, reports Palm believe Apple is restraining trade because it will not allow the Palm Pre to access iTunes. "This is an anti-trust case it would seem as this means Apple is ignoring the standards that were supposed to make interoperability options via USB possible,” reports USB Core.

“This is due to the fact that Apple is a member of the USB-IF which has three standards: the wireless USB, USB on the go, and the simple USB. This is a very unexpected move for Palm to make and without a clear precedent or similar case industry experts are not sure what direction the move will take.”

Last month Palm fixed iTunes synching for owners of its Pre smartphone after Apple introduced an iTunes update that disabled synching. The Palm Pre and iTunes had previously synced without issues following the launch of the smartphone.

"That's right - you once again can have seamless access to your music, photos and videos from the current version of iTunes (8.2.1)," John Traynor, vice president of business products at Palm wrote at the time on the Palm blog.

Analyst Mike Abramsky of investment firm RBC Capital Markets told the New York Times that they was little precedent for Palm's case against Apple. "It’s breaking new ground. In my mind, ultimately the users are the arbiters in the outcome of these situations."

See also:

Palm Pre review

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