Apple Wins Long-Running iPod Antitrust Case | News & OpinionJune 18, 2018
Apple was accused of unfairly blocking competing MP3 device makers in a case that dates back to 2004.
Apple today prevailed in a long-running case that accused Cupertino of unfairly blocking competing MP3 device makers and forcing iTunes users to listen to purchased music only on an iPod.
As reported by the New York Times, the jury returned its verdict after only a few hours. Specifically, they found that iTunes 7.0 was a notable software upgrade rather than an effort by Apple to shut out rivals, the San Jose Mercury News said.
“We thank the jury for their service and we applaud their verdict,” Apple said in a statement. “We created iPod and iTunes to give our customers the world’s best way to listen to music. Every time we’ve updated those products and every Apple product over the years we’ve done it to make the user experience even better.”
The case dates back to 2004, when Apple released a software update that made tracks bought from competitor RealNetworks inoperable on iPods. At the heart of the matter was Cupertino’s use of FairPlay digital-rights-management software (DRM) in music tracks, which restricts songs purchased on iTunes to Apple’s platform.
This case made headlines because the testimony included a taped deposition from late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. The Associated Press, Bloomberg, and CNN requested that that video be released to the public, but Apple’s lawyers want it to remain private, The Verge reported.