Apple… In Court Again

Apple… In Court Again

Apple is in court again. This time, the iPod maker has been accused of illegally deleting content from users’ devices. Between September 12, 2006, and March 31, 2009, Apple reportedly deleted non-iTunes content off iPods. According to Patrick Coughlin, the prosecuting attorney, if iTunes detected music from a rival music service, and the user tried to sync their iPod, Apple produced a vague error message that told users to restore the original settings on their devices. Once this was complete, iTunes would not sync the competitors’ music with the iPod. The plaintiffs argue that this stifled competition, keeping iPod prices higher than the competition. Apple maintains that this was an effort to keep malicious software off the iPod and not an antitrust attempt. It will be interesting to see how the case turns out.

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