Apple pays for iTunes Music Store patent | iLounge News

2014 iPad iPhone iPod Buyers' Guide from


Apple pays for iTunes Music Store patent

Author's pic

By Dennis Lloyd

Publisher, iLounge
Published: Thursday, August 5, 2004
News Categories: iTunes

“Apple has agreed to pay undisclosed royalties to a company that challenged the core concept behind the iTunes Music Store.

E-Date Corp. owns European and US patents that describe a “system and method of distributing [commercial] digital content over electronic and wireless networks”. The company claimed that ITMS was just such a system, and as such required Apple to license its intellectual property.”

« Mossberg: “BMW iPod adapter works, but in a pretty crude way”

The real reason Apple’s mad about Harmony hack »

Related Stories



It’s completely insane you can patent something like that… :(

Posted by sparks9 on August 5, 2004 at 9:53 AM (PDT)


well, it’s not nearly as insane as some of the things Micro$oft has patented, but yah you’re right it’s stupid.

Posted by MATRIXsjd on August 5, 2004 at 10:58 AM (PDT)


And Microshit doesn’t have to pay Apple for all the stuff they use?  The world is insane.

Posted by george dubya bush on August 5, 2004 at 11:01 AM (PDT)


OK, I’d like to patent the idea of sending men in space to Saturn.  All I have to do is sit back and wait until someone does it and then I’ll sue?  Hmmmmmmm.

Posted by farcast on August 7, 2004 at 4:34 PM (PDT)


Utterly criminal.

Posted by Luxo on August 7, 2004 at 8:53 PM (PDT)


Quoted from a lined article, “Companies that scour the markets for publicly available and obvious existing processes and them file patents for them are retrograde and slow down the pace of innovation. This company is just like others that establish a patent that does not rest on its own inventiveness and who have never tried to exploit the technology in any way directly by bringing products to market. It would be fitting if it were bankrupted in the European courts and if this led to its successful US appeal being re-examined.”  I couldnt have said it better myself.

Posted by Matt on August 8, 2004 at 5:46 AM (PDT)

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.