Jury Finds Apple Not Guilty in iPod Antitrust Lawsuit

Jury Finds Apple Not Guilty in iPod Antitrust Lawsuit

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An eight-person jury reached a verdict in the iPod antitrust lawsuit today, determining that Apple was not guilty of violating any antitrust laws.

The jury found that iTunes 7.0, which was released in fall 2006, was a "genuine product improvement" that brought new features for consumers. On the other hand, the plaintiffs in the case argued that the iTunes update only thwarted competition since it made transferring music from other companies to the iPod more difficult.

If Apple had been found guilty, it would have faced damages of more than $1 billion; however, the original complaint only asked for damages of $350 million to pay the 8 million people who bought iPods between 2006 and 2009.

"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 plaintiff's head attorney says an appeal is already planned, so while Apple is off the hook for now, the case could drag on.

via The Verge

Jury Finds Apple Not Guilty in iPod Antitrust Lawsuit

Woz - December 17, 2014 at 5:45pm
I hate Apple as much as the next Apple hater. But I agree with the jury on this one. I think it was more about the music industry than Apple.
Tim Pink Cook - December 17, 2014 at 12:28pm
Our beloved US jury always in favor of US. Its waste of time to file a complain against us even though we are always guilty. And another thing, we make hell lot of money for government by fooling our beloved iSheeps and innocent civilians. So obviously they and court love us. With lots of pink love, Cook
Trol bleeding cock - December 17, 2014 at 4:55pm
Our judges end up doing the best thing for you that sum up samsheeps existence. It's gullible for Samsung to always weep about you and always deserve the defeating taste. Never guilty you are ever. Samsung used to make money after trying to fool samsheeps and use them as help, desperate help. Nothing but terrorists trying to beat you and that's why they outsmart themselves. So coherently, the court chose right. With dreams fulfilled, Mr. Dung.
pilot - December 17, 2014 at 8:26am
The Sheep Jury will have a nice presence from Apple. Limited edition Pink Iwatch
Peelot - December 17, 2014 at 11:56am
The troll trial will have a special case from Samsung. A came and went 'bent' watch.
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