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Apple has won a hard fought antitrust law suit against the plaintiffs’ claims that the company created a monopolistic hegemony for rivals and raised the prices during the golden years of iPod.
An eight member jury gave the decision in favor of Apple during the decade old case after less than three hours of extensive discussions. The verdict released indicated that iTunes 7.0 which was released way back in 2006 was an enhanced improvement over the earlier editions of the software, rather than a plot to hinder sales of rivals. This antitrust case if found true could have cost Apple as much as $1 billion.
During the trial, held in Oakland federal court, plaintiffs claimed that Apple started a digital music monopoly by only allowing music to be downloaded on iPods from the iTunes store. The main center of their plea was iTunes 7.0 which blocked Harmony, a RealNetworks program that enabled users to download music from other sources instead of the regular iTunes store.
Patrick Coughlin, the Plaintiffs lawyer exclaimed that their team was planning to appeal against the verdict. He also stated that they at least got a chance to get in front of a jury which was more than they had hoped for.
Lawyers from Apple and the jurors declined to comment on the decision, as they left the courtroom. While Apple company rejoiced after hearing the outcome of the trial in their favor.
An Apple spokeswoman in a statement release said that every time we’ve updated those products, it was always done in the right spirit and in order to make the customer experience, a more cherishing one.