Palm Pre, the new smart phone synchronizes with iTunes

Palm Pre, much-awaited new smart phone can connect to Apple’s iTunes software and download music and photos just as if it were an iPod or iPhone. The iTunes Store treats the Pre just as it would an iPod or an iPhone with one exception that it can’t handle old copy-protected songs.

The Palm Pre, in particular, seems to borrow (and perhaps even improve upon) a lot of the iPhone’s features. The feature might be unique for a device not made by Apple Inc., though third-party software is available that lets some digital music players masquerade as iPods in iTunes.

Palm Inc.’s new phone goes on sale June 7, with Sprint Nextel Corp. as the exclusive launch carrier. It will be $200 with a two-year contract and a rebate, competing with Apple’s iPhone in the market for high-end smart phones.

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