Jobs to be questioned regarding company’s iTunes antitrust lawsuit.
Despite Steve Jobs’ reported poor health, a California judge has ruled that lawyers representing the plaintiffs in an ongoing case may question Jobs for a total of two hours.
The case pertains to an antitrust issue regarding iTunes. A group of consumers say Apple attempting to monopolize the music-downloading business with its iPod player and iTunes store. The problem stated is that Apple does not allow music downloaded form iTunes to be played on another player, or allows any music to be played on the iPod from any other service other than iTunes.
In 2004, RealNetworks (remember them?), introduced a new technology that allowed users to play music downloaded from its site on their iPods. However, Apple quickly issued an update that blocked the service.
“The court finds that Jobs has unique, non-repetitive, first hand knowledge about Apple’s software updates in October 2004 that rendered the RealNetworks’s digital music files once again inoperable with iPods,” Judge Lloyd wrote in his ruling.