Apple iTunes Trial: Jury Hears Differing Views of Antitrust Claims
For millions of iPod lovers, Apple and its iTunes cyberstore are the best thing that ever happened to music.
But as a federal jury here heard Tuesday, there may be evidence of a dark side to Apple’s global grip on the digital music market. And that is the billion-dollar question the jurors were handed in the opening of a trial that peels back the curtain on a historic, if somewhat obsolete, chapter in Apple’s existence.
In fact, the star witness in the trial will be the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who will appear via a video of a deposition taken shortly before his death in 2011 in which he responded to accusations that Apple violated federal antitrust laws.
During opening statements by lawyers on both sides, the jury heard starkly contrasting portraits of a 10-year-old lawsuit that accuses Apple of violating federal antitrust laws through technology that once restricted music downloads for iPods to its iTunes store.