The Palm Pre is unlikely to be compatible with iTunes for much longer, it has emerged.
In a post on Apple’s support pages, the company appeared to acknowledge the Pre’s support for iTunes but warned that when new editions of its music software arrive they will not be compatible with third-party hardware.
The statement read: "Apple is aware that some third-parties claim that their digital media players are able to sync with Apple software.
“However, Apple does not provide support for, or test for compatibility with, non-Apple digital media players and, because software changes over time, newer versions of Apple's iTunes software may no longer provide syncing functionality with non-Apple digital media players."
News of what appears to be growing spat between the two mobile phone manufacturers comes after the Palm Pre made a strong start to its challenge to the new edition of the iPhone, with sales of 50,000 in its first weekend of release in the US alone.
Palm is expected to launch the Pre in the UK at some stage during the third quarter of the year. The forthcoming iPhone 3G S, meanwhile, is available to pre-order now from Top 10 Mobile Phones.