Apple Win iPod Court Case
Apple win iPod court case as they have been found not guilty by a jury in California of their alleged engagement in anti-competitive behaviour. The law suit has been going on for quite some time and it is based on Apple’s 2006 update to its iTunes software. The software prevented anybody without an iPod playing music purchased from Apple’s iTunes store. It was alleged that this was a violation of American antitrust laws.
The late Steve Jobs even featured in the case as the trial included emails sent by him before his death in 2012. Lawyers representing consumers and electronics retailers claimed that Apple had used its software to force buyers in to using Apple iPods instead of devices manufactured by their rivals. The software was actually updated in 2009 and removed these restrictions.
The jurors in the court case sided with Apple though and they were spared a rather hefty cost that was suggested would be in the region of $1 billion which is approximately £640 million. No doubt the Apple chiefs will be popping a few champagne corks.