Another Week, Another Apple Law Suit

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News Posted: Sun, Jan 6 2008 6:43 PM

People and/or companies filing suit against Apple ought to get a volume discount these days.

The latest law suit, filed by Stacie Somers in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleges that Apple uses unfair business practices.  Unfair could mean a lot of different things, but in this particular suit it refers to the iPod's inability to play Windows Media Audio files.

“Further, Apple sells songs on the iTunes store with its own copy-protection technology, FairPlay, which is incompatible with music players other than the iPod.
The suit contends iPod-owning consumers can only buy music from iTunes, an unlawful tie-in that violates U.S. antitrust laws. Apple could license the WMA format for as little as $0.03 per iPod, or for a total of $800,000 based on Apple's 2005 iPod sales, the suit reads.

The suit may quickly become less relevant as many online music retailers, including Apple, expand their offerings of music free of copy-protection restrictions, also known as DRM (digital rights management).”

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mazuki replied on Mon, Jan 7 2008 1:21 AM
even the DRM free tracks who purchased it, and kind of defeats the purpose of DRM free

either way, just install rokboxlinux on it and play whatever
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Sure you can do whatever you want with your ipod if you know what you're doing, but I'd love to see Apple get nailed for making it difficult for the masses.

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After my identity and credit card information were stolen in Apple online store and consequently noticing unauthorized purchases (only from Apple!). Had this happened to anyone else?
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