The Palm Pre will sync with iTunes according to Roger McNamee, a major investor in Palm. McNamee, a co-founder of venture capital firm Elevation Partners, spoke about the device at The Wall Street Journal's "All Things Digital" conference.
The Pre will be the first major device outside of the iPhone to automatically sync with Apple's software. It will not download songs from iTunes that have Apple's copy protection on them. But Apple no longer puts protection on songs from iTunes.
McNamee was asked whether Apple might object. He was dismissive of concerns pointing out that the songs on iTunes belong to the people who purchase them.
But, I can't help but wonder what kind of war might break out here. Apple is notorious for keeping a great deal of control over its products. I've sent a query to Apple and I'm waiting to hear what they have to say.
McNamee alsoThis week, it was also announced that the Pre would be carried by Verizon, not just Sprint. Given that Apple's iPhone is only carried by AT&T this could make the Pre a really serious threat to Apple's dominance in the smart phone market.
Of course, there is a rumor that Verizon may eventually get rights to carry the iPhone. That would certainly be a coup for the nation's largest carrier.