Latest in Antitrust

Image credit:

Apple worked to block '100 percent' of iTunes competitors from iPods

Timothy J. Seppala, @timseppala
December 13, 2014
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

The federal antitrust case Apple's fighting isn't looking any more favorable for the hardware giant since we last reported on it. Former iTunes engineer Rod Schultz testified on Friday that he'd worked on a project to block "100 percent of non-iTunes clients" in addition to keeping any third-party software from interfering with iTunes, according to The Wall Street Journal. This, the plaintiffs claim, was part of an anti-competitive way to boost the prices of iPods from 2006 to 2009. Despite the plaintiff's best efforts, however, they weren't able to submit a 2012 academic paper (PDF) Schultz had written detailing Apple's blocking operating systems that didn't support iTunes (namely Linux) as evidence.

WSJ notes that outside the courtroom, Schultz said his team's early work was necessary for digital copyright protection, but it wound up paving the way for the iPod's "market dominance." For its part, Cupertino is stuck to its line that the security measures -- FairPlay, for example -- were in place to protect the user experience, something it claims would've been harmed by allowing other file formats and media players. Schultz was the final witness in the $350 million case that could triple under antitrust laws, and jury deliberations should begin next week -- we'll have updates as they follow.

[Image credit: Shutterstock / 1000 Words]

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Live PlayStation 5 photos reveal a truly giant console

Live PlayStation 5 photos reveal a truly giant console

View
Verizon's $30 Unlimited Plus tablet plan offers 5G access

Verizon's $30 Unlimited Plus tablet plan offers 5G access

View
Microsoft releases a final preview for Windows 10's October update

Microsoft releases a final preview for Windows 10's October update

View
Sony apologizes for botched PlayStation 5 pre-orders

Sony apologizes for botched PlayStation 5 pre-orders

View
Homeland Security warns of a 'critical' security flaw in Windows servers

Homeland Security warns of a 'critical' security flaw in Windows servers

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr