∞ Palm reports Apple to the USB Implementers Forum

Palm didn’t wait for Apple to take the next step in its ongoing battle to have the Pre sync with iTunes. PalmWordmarkPalm confirmed to AllThingsD on Friday that it has reported Apple to the USB Implementers Forum. This a members group that oversees the implementation of USB in the industry.

“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,” said Palm spokeswoman Lynn Fox.

When Palm released the Pre it enabled the device to be seen as an iPod by Apple’s iTunes. This allowed Palm to sync with the software. But Apple wasn’t too pleased with the move and in a support note said it could disable the functionality.

Last week, with an iTunes update, it did just that. However, last night Palm released an update that re-enabled iTunes sync for Pre users.