Apple iPod antitrust case thrown into doubt

Lawyers representing plaintiffs in the Apple antitrust trial here in federal court in Oakland are seeking millions in damages.

But in the fourth day of trial, their 10-year case is in jeopardy.

Apple lawyers questioned whether the two named plaintiffs had even bought iPod models between September 2006 and March 2009, the years in question, as the BBC reported.

On Friday, plaintiffs lawyers withdrew one of two plaintiffs and have until Monday to verify the purchase by the other.

Plaintiffs’ lawyers argue that Apple hurt consumers, retailers and resellers by taking steps to protect its monopoly by keeping music from other platforms off the iPod.

They assert that the iPod maker routinely deleted music from customers’ iPods without telling them in its effort to keep potential competitors at bay, CNN reported.

Apple executives have said they were under pressure from music companies to provide software that would prevent piracy.

Jurors are expected to be shown a videotaped deposition of Steve Jobs, Apple’s former chief executive, taken six months prior to his death.

Above: Steve Jobs pictured at a MacWorld. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)



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