"Why Palm hasn't gone the RIM route and developed their own iTunes-syncing utility remains a mystery."
No mystery. They were out to save software development costs with the stupidity of a Las Vegas-style gamble. May've been some freetardian impulses running through Palm. Utopia is always just around the corner, but it always involves leaving the other guys behind at the entrance to your gated community.
Let the commentard jousting between Fanbois and the Palm-Wanks begin!