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Apple Sued for Monopolizing Online Music

A complaint was filed against Apple stating antitrust law violation, that Apple had an illegal monopoly on the digital music market. Read here.

The focus of the complaint was that Apple’s iPod does not support the Windows Media Audio (WMA) format and charges the company with deliberately designing its iPod hardware to be incompatible with WMA. The complaint states that “Apple has engaged in tying and monopolizing behavior, placing unneeded and unjustifiable technological restrictions on its most popular products in an effort to restrict consumer choice, and to restrain what little remains of its competition in the digital music markets,” the complaint states. “Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs had himself compared Apple’s digital music dominance to Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT)’s personal computer operating system dominance, calling Apple’s Music Store ‘the Microsoft of music stores’ in a meeting with financial analysts.”

January 4, 2008 - Posted by | Antitrust

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