Apple’s legal battle regarding iTunes DRM may soon draw to a close, but not for the reason you think. Apple will soon be moving to dismiss the case, claiming none of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit actually own an iPod in the timeframe targeted by the class-action lawsuit aimed at Apple’s unfair DRM practices. “Because Ms. Rosen had no purchase of any allegedly affected iPod in the class period, she has suffered no damages and thus lacks standing”, The Verge reports Apple legal counsel writing.
Via Daring Fireball comes news from the Wall Street Journal, who report Apple deleted rivals’ songs from users’ iPods (by directing users to restore their iPods to factory settings, it seems). Gruber writes it’s a conflation of two separate issues (rival music stores’ music files and rival music stores’ DRM) when the reality is much simple. Apple only ever supported their own DRM on iPods, Apple supported non-DRM music files, and Apple never really wanted DRM in the first place, dropping it at the first opportunity they were given.
After a few days off due to website issues, we’re back up and running. More details in this forum topic, but otherwise, it’s on with the news!
A lawsuit that’s nearly a decade old just went to trial this week, and the Apple iPod iTunes antitrust lawsuit alleges Apple violated US laws by not allowing music purchased from the iTunes Store to be played back on devices other than iPods, and not allowing iPods to play back music purchased via other services. It’s all to do with iTunes DRM, back in 2006 when monopolisation of the music industry was a very real thing.
Thanksgiving weekend in the US means it was a super-quiet weekend for Apple news (more so than usual, anyway), so what we’re doing this morning is covering a few bits and pieces, then diving into a few reads from the Instapaper archives of yours truly — a mini version of Good Reads, if you like. Normal news coverage will resume once the Americans have woken up from their food comas.
Schematics of the larger-screened iPad have appeared, and while they’re not exactly confirmed to be the real deal, they do suggest the “iPad Pro” will have a 12.2-inch display, contrary to previous rumours which pegged the display at an even larger 12.9 inches. Thanks to the schematics, we also know the dimensions of the tablet, as well as the inclusion of top and bottom stereo speakers. Finally, there’s also speculation about internal specs and other upcoming iPad models.