Apple hit with antitrust lawsuit over iTunes, iPod | iLounge News

2014 iPad iPhone iPod Buyers' Guide from


Apple hit with antitrust lawsuit over iTunes, iPod

Author's pic

By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Wednesday, January 5, 2005
News Categories: Apple

A displeased customer of Apple’s iTunes Music Store is suing the company, alleging it broke antitrust laws by allowing songs purchased from the store to only work with the iPod, shutting out competitors. “The suit was filed on Monday in the U.S. District Court in San Jose,” reports Reuters. “One antitrust expert called it a long shot, but Californian Thomas Slattery is hoping for unspecified damages for being ‘forced’ to buy an iPod. The key to such a lawsuit would be convincing a court that a single product brand like iTunes is a market in itself separate from the rest of the online music market, according to Ernest Gellhorn, an antitrust law professor at George Mason University. There is legal precedent for such claims, but courts usually conclude competing products as viable alternatives, Gellhorn said.”

« naviPlay Bluetooth adapter to be bundled with HP headphones

Hitachi’s iPod mini drive to double in capacity this year »

Related Stories



I think this guy just wants to be noticed…he knows he won’t win and he knows the suit is ########

Posted by Mattt in Canada on January 7, 2005 at 1:51 PM (PDT)

Page 2 of 2 pages  <  1 2

If you have a comment, news tip, advertising inquiry, or coverage request, a question about iPods/iPhones/iPad or accessories, or if you sell or market iPod/iPhone/iPad products or services, read iLounge's Comments + Questions policies before posting, and fully identify yourself if you do. We will delete comments containing advertising, astroturfing, trolling, personal attacks, offensive language, or other objectionable content, then ban and/or publicly identify violators.

Commenting is not available in this section entry.


Recent News

Recent Reviews

Recent Articles

Shop for Accessories: Cases, speakers, chargers, etc.