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Steve Jobs Video Deposition to Play Vital Role in Antitrust Suit Over iPod

Steve Jobs Video Deposition to Play Vital Role in Antitrust Suit Over iPod

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Apple this week faces a major antitrust lawsuit concerning older iPods, and this time, Steve Jobs will play an important part in the case. Potential damages are pegged at $350 million, a small amount compared to the company's yearly profits.

The suit concerns older iPod models that only supported music purchased from iTunes, or songs from imported CDs. Plaintiffs claim that Apple violated antitrust laws by limiting music playback to only iPod, while only promoting their products/services.

The plaintiffs' lawyers believe that emails and video deposition taken before Steve Jobs died will show that Apple took action to block competitors and harm consumers.

He was a “genius in terms of his vision for the future,” said Michael A. Carrier, a professor at Rutgers School of Law. “But it went along with a really healthy ego and perhaps the lack of an antitrust filter — thinking about how these words would appear years later tossed up on the screen in front of a jury.”

Some emails have already been made public, and in one, Jobs expressed concern over a competitor launching their own music store.

“We need to make sure that when Music Match launches their download music store they cannot use iPod,” he wrote. “Is this going to be an issue?”

As the trial continues, more emails are expected to surface. Apple is expected to show that different iTunes updates were aimed to improve its products rather than harm competitors or consumers.

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Steve Jobs Video Deposition to Play Vital Role in Antitrust Suit Over iPod

meachman - December 3, 2014 at 3:24am
Just another way for the thieving government to make money for doing nothing! as with all of the made up anti-trust law suits. Maybe someone should do an anti-trust law suit against the government, I am sure there would be plenty of material to work with!
Bob - December 2, 2014 at 8:19pm
Why isn't there any lawsuits about apple preventing the use of other app stores on iOS?
FTW - December 2, 2014 at 9:34pm
What use of other app stores? Why should they be involved?
Dexx - December 2, 2014 at 7:01pm
Well, he made his own music store and his own device to play that music. Yes, from consumers point of view the case looks like it is correct, but nobody forced anyone to buy iPods. And to be completely honest, I never had troubles loading my freely downloaded stuff to my ipod/iphone. And before someone accuses me of stealing, Latvian itunes store(this is where I live) sucks, we don't get anything there... The only way is pirate bay:)))