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iPod, iTunes integration draws U.S. lawsuit

updated 11:35 am EST, Wed January 3, 2007

iPod, iTunes lawsuit

Apple is facing yet another lawsuit over its protected iTunes tracks, this time in the U.S. User Melanie Tucker in July filed a lawsuit and is seeking class-action status, alleging that Apple violates antitrust laws by disallowing music purchased from its iTunes Music Store from playing on any other digital player aside from its own iPod. The suit also charges that Apple failed to clarify to customers that music purchased from its itunes store is incompatible with music and devices offered by other companies, according to IDG News. The plaintiff is requesting that Apple be forbidden to continue support for its exclusive bond between iTunes and the iPod, and that the company pay damages to anyone who has purchased an iPod or music from the iTunes store after April 28th, 2003. Apple reportedly filed a motion with the court in November to dismiss the suit, but the motion was denied on December 20th.




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  1. phillymjs

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Sue the RIAA, honey...

    They're the ones who demanded DRM. Apple complied, developed a system that worked, and built up their dominant marketshare because users were satisfied with it. They are not required to throw the doors open to competitors so they can make a buck off Apple's hard work.

    Nobody put a gun to your head and made you buy an iPod, or media from the iTunes Store. If you didn't research your purchases, that's not Apple's problem.

    This lawsuit is BS and should be laughed out of court.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I just wish...

    ...I could even use my iPod as my main music library & backup to disc rather than needing a huge laptop hard drive just to duplicate, manage & burn mixed CDs from a lossless library - now I have to assume there is some sense of pressure from the record companies behind it, but the rub is that Apple benefits from the restrictions on usage too...

  1. furrylogic

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    This is rediculous

    One could similarly argue that region coding and copy protection on DVDs is similarly restricting usage of purchased movies.

    Or, one could sue Microsoft to make all of their software run on OS X, Linux, Palm and BeOS...

  1. Philip J. Fry

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    oh lord...

    So what, the iPod+iTunes marketing didn't turn on the light?

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    LOLOLLLLLL!

    Too many stupid people in this world I tell ya. Get a job ya ho! You know, like in like EARN it....u know. $10 says this is a blond promised a trial by a lawyer getting paid by blowjobs ;-)

  1. doc e

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Idiots

    Any song you buy from iTunes Music Store can be burned on a CD, then re-imported as an mp3 or a .wav file which you can use anywhere you like. This information is all over the internet. A quick google search would have educated not only the idiot filing this suit, but the idiot representing it and the idiots at court who accepted the case.

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: i just wish...

    Many more people use windows machines than macs, in case you didn't know that. You don't need anything from Apple (except an iPod and free iTunes) to manage your music.

  1. jstephe

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Who's the Idiot?

    You can call her an idiot if you like but, do a search on the WEB to see how many stupid law suits end up with the idiot getting a mit full of cash. If she gets class action status it doesn't cost her a thing.

    I admit this has to stop, as it cost us all when companies have to raise prices to cover legal bills.

    The only ones who truly get rich on these are the lawyers, and who councils the law makers? You guest it the lawyers, "can you say conflict of interest"?

  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Bought books @audible.com

    I bought audio books from audible.com and *gasp*, they work in iTunes and on my iPod. I also bought songs from eMusic in MP3 format and they also work fine with iTunes and my iPod.

    Do Zune marketplace songs work anywhere else but on a Zune? Does Zune work with any other store than Zune Marketplace?

    Do any of those MSFT stores work on anything other than a windows PC? No.

  1. debohun

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Be concerned...

    Apple should be concerned about this suit; it is the classic bundling argument. It makes the same case that was made against Microsoft, and which would have broken up that company except for the Bush administration's undermining of the order's enforcement once they took office.

    Now consider the likelihood that a Democratic administration will be in place by the time this case makes it to the bench, that that administration may have more respect for the law then the current one does, that the courts are now another decade more technically educated, and Apple's (or Microsoft's) bundling practices may no longer be secure. Apple should very carefully consider making a strategic move in opening Fairplay now, while they have the opportunity to do so on their own terms.

    Further, I suspect that keeping that system closed, just like with the Macintosh, has hurt the company, not helped it. One can't help but wonder how many more millions (billions?) of songs they might have sold off an open system.

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