Usage of any other company’s Vendor ID is specifically precluded. Palm’s expressed intent to use Apple’s VID appears to violate the attached policy.
This is exactly what Palm should have expected, and what others had predicted. It was a silly tack all along, and the USB standards body was right to slam them for it.
When reached for comment, Palm said “We hoped the standards group would cover our ass; we haven’t the expertise to write software as good as iTunes, and even if we did we haven’t the time until we go bankrupt. We slung around words like “freedom” and “open” and “choice”, hoping for some kind of Apple-basher backlash to support our hack, but the Pre is just too sucky and we didn’t get it. Now I don’t now what we’re gonna do.” The spokesperson then sobbed uncontrollably.
NOTE: The above paragraph is fiction. To my knowledge no Palm spokesperson actually said that (I bet more than a few were thinking it, though).