Apple Found Not Guilty in iPod Case
Apple was asked to come back to court last month to face allegations that the Cupertino tech giant used DRM software to block music from iTunes competitors from being played on its iPod models. The trial has ended on a happy note for the tech tycoon as the verdict came back with a unanimous not guilty from the jury.
The allegations centered around the rumor that Apple released iTunes software updates that deleted music on a few of its iPod models from the year 2006 up to 2009. These music listings were supposedly from competitors of iTunes. Apple fought back and explained that it did no such thing. The company argued that its purpose with the release of the iTunes update was to bring new features and improvements to the iPods. The jury agreed and brought back a verdict explaining that it felt that the iTunes 7.0 update was a “genuine product improvement” aimed at improving consumer experience.
If Apple were to have lost, the company would have had to pay a whopping USD$1 billion in breach of the antitrust laws. But before we consider it a close case, it should be noted that the opposition is not giving up that easily and is already in the works of applying for an appeal to the verdict.
Source: Techno Buffalo