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Steve Jobs to answer questions in iTunes antitrust suit

By Jos
Mar 23, 2011
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  1. Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been ordered to answer questions from lawyers for a group of consumers accusing the company of creating a music-download monopoly with its iTunes and iPod tie-up. The case dates back to 2005 and centers around Apple's use of the FairPlay encryption technology, and allegations that an iPod software update in October 2004 specifically made the devices incompatible with songs from RealNetworks' music store -- jus five days after it launched.

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  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

    This should prove to be a grand social milestone! The IT equivalent of Richard Nixon pronouncing, "I am not a crook"....! :suspiciou

    (This is what it looks like when you're caught in a lie as big as that whooper....:mad: :eek: :blush: )....!

    Now if you'll excuse me while I go take the batteries out of my hearing aid in preparation for this momentous event.....:rolleyes:
     
  3. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,011   +18

    Fortunately just as he was about to be served, Steve Jobs ran to his secret escape pod, and blasted into orbit.
     
  4. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157


    :haha:

    No doubt to hide out on the i-deathstar2
     
  5. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 399   +17

    It is true what they say: "Haters gonna hate".

    Steve Jobs will answer those questions and nothing else will happen, he is a great speaker and they haven't sold anything that worked different from what they advertised. And as the article says they wanted to distribute music without DRM but Big Music didn't want that kind of deals.

    Whatever the outcome will be it will not be near as these embarrassing moments from Microsoft: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=db5uI6LAPQc and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKcPx2jD5to&feature=related
     
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

    I believe that the overarching contemporary English colloquialism for "great speaker" would be "bull s** artist"....!!

    And if you're further interested, the difference between "bull sh**ing and outright lying, is taught in contemporary political science courses.

    Moving on, sadly the difference between "right and wrong" is no longer found ensconced in the individual American psyche, but rather it resides in the parasitic, useless and condescending institutions we call, the courts, the plaintiffs, the defendants, and their respective lawyers.

    Christ, again with the spelling:
    To wit, "iDeathstar4"
     
  7. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

    Whoops, almost forgot the most important question, "if this is true, how come Amazon sells music all day long with no DRM @ .99 cents a pop....?
     
  9. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 399   +17

    @captaincranky Apple no longer sells music with DRM, they stopped a few years ago when Music Labels got up to date with the Internet. Only DRM they sell now is on movie rentals and on the App Store.

    @red1776 yep you got me I always troll around on Microsoft articles ;)
     
  10. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157


    I knew it! under a guest account! :p:D
     
  11. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 814   +93

    Good for Real. They've been drowning since Apple screwed them.
     
  12. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,011   +18

    According to Clint Howard, Steve Jobs' orbital hideaway has the radar profile of the Hamburglar.
     
  13. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,920   +687

  14. mario

    mario Ex-TS Developer Posts: 399   +17

    @burty117 in 2 weeks it will be 2 years since they only sell music without DRM. They did start selling some music without DRM in 2007 as "iTunes Plus". Amazon was the first online store to sell MP3s without any kind of DRM on 2008. My guess is Apple/iTunes could not start selling music without any protection since they already had multiyear agreements with the labels, also a possibility is that Big Music wanted an alternative online music distributor, not just rely on iTunes, and they were easier on digital rights protection with Amazon.

    Steve Jobs did publicly call out the big music labels to allow them to sell music without DRM: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Itunes_plus#Movement_against_DRM
     
  15. "Apple was one of the main driving forces behind the abolition of DRM"

    More like one of the last to cave in. Amazon tossed DRM long before Apple budged on it.
     

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