Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is at the dock accused of locking music lovers from using iPod Players by installing an anti-piracy software on iTunes. Bloomberg’s Editor, Paul Kedrosky, believes Apple acted unfairly by altering the iTunes software that went on to suppress the level of competition in the digital music space thereby favoring music from specific music labels.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) reiterates it was only protecting its digital-music systems which Jobs at the time believed was under threat from hackers.
“It seems as if they were exercising the control they had and making changes to the iTunes operating system in particular what is called the Digital Rights management technology. They are in, to not just protect their own content but also to act in ways that were sought of anti-competitive,” said Mr. Kedrosky
The move to use an anti-piracy software is said to have frozen other rival device makers from the market thus allowing Apple to sell its iPods at inflated prices. Other sources wanted Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) to allow iPod users to play music from other music labels as one of the ways of encouraging sales.
Kedrosky argues the battle is not yet over for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) as questions continue to be asked on what users are entitled to, once they buy something like an iPod. The plaintiffs argue they should be allowed to listen to anything on their iPod’s without Apple initiating any restrictive measures
“What we are seeing is this battle never really goes away there is this continuous struggle between what I bought and what I own. If I bought do I own it and if I own it what do I get to do with it. Do I really have to listen to what Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) tells me or the Nature Publishing group tells me,” said Mr. Kedrosky
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is pushing for the case to be dismissed as neither of the two plaintiffs in the case owned an iPod that had the anti-piracy software as initially thought.
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