Apple faces lawsuit over iTunes and iPod

By Justin Mann on January 3, 2008, 5:23 PM
One of the most successful products that Apple has ever introduced has been the iPod. Paired with iTunes, it has helped Apple claim the top spot of media players and online music peddling, which in almost everyones eyes is good.

Some, however, are disillusioned or outright hostile. A lawsuit filed just a few days ago asserts that Apple is holding and maintaining an illegal monopoly. They claim the restrictions placed upon iTunes have locked users into both hardware and software. They cite examples such as the iPod not supporting DRM-protected WMA files when most other services do.

Apple has reasons of their own for not supporting WMA, such as the cost of licensing from Microsoft. Of course, it seems unlikely this would have come about if Apple was not the majority player in the market. The lawsuit seeks class action status, and seeks change in both iTunes and the iPod. Somehow I imagine Apple will react as they have been with other recent complaints ignoring them.

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viperpfl said:
I don't understand how this is a monopoly. There are other music players and services in the market besides Apple. Microsoft, Creative, Samsung and many others all make music players comparable in features and price to the Ipod. There are plenty of music services in the market that sell music that will play on the music players. If you choose to purchase an Ipod then it's your own fault for not doing your homework before making the purchase. These days people do spontanious buying cause it looks good and then get mad when things don't work there way.
raffaella front said:
Am I wrong or didn't Apple and the major record labels already agree to allowing Apple to market DRM-free music downloads for an additional charge to consumers (plus anothercharge for higher bit rate versions)? The added 30 cents or so/per DRM-free mp3 gets divided between Apple, the label and the artist(s). No?
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