posted at 19:51
Author: Adario Strange
Apple iPod lawsuit will reveal unseen Steve Jobs video
The voice of the visionary behind much of the success of Apple, the late Steve Jobs, will be heard once again thanks to a videotaped deposition set to be entered into evidence in a decade-old class action lawsuit. A case filed back in 2005 asserts that Apple's proprietary software for the iPod allowed the company to shut out rival digital music download services - forcing users to buy higher-priced iPods over competing music players and locking users into the iTunes ecosystem. The antitrust case, which will go back to court this month, could end up costing Apple roughly $350 million, according to The New York Times. The iPod's old operating system is no longer used by Apple, of course - and at this point, a $350 million fine will hardly make a dent in Apple's bottom line. If the legal team behind the lawsuit is to be believed, the video's content won't improve Jobs' reputation. "We will present evidence that Apple took action to block its competitors and in the process harmed competition and harmed consumers," Bonny Sweeney, one of the attorneys from Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, the firm handling the lawsuit, told the Times. In the past, Apple has made great efforts to keep such depositions under wraps. If the recent history of Apple court cases is any guide, those may also provide a good deal of insight into Jobs' thinking when he was still at the head of the company.

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