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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Apple iPod Antitrust Suit Features Ghost of Steve Jobs and Christmases Past

Posted By on Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 3:29 PM

The 2001 iPod. - APPLE
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A 2005 class action against Apple got underway in Oakland federal court today, with plaintiffs' attorneys arguing that the tech company's late founder Steve Jobs conspired with other top executives to attain a virtual monopoly over the music downloading market.

Jobs will speak from the grave during this Apple anti-trust trial, which is scheduled to run for the next two weeks. His 2004 email correspondences — one of which helps craft a press release to smear rival music site Real Networks — will be featured as evidence, as will a previously unseen 2011 video deposition, taped right before his death.

Apple might be on the hook for $1 billion in damages if the plaintiffs, a group of individuals and retailers who purchased iPods between 2006 and 2009, prove that the company unfairly blocked its competitors with software upgrades. That's a drop in the bucket for Apple, and the trial itself concerns an operating system that's long been obsolete. 

Nonetheless, the specter of Jobs has rattled Apple product junkies throughout the blogosphere.

And the trial itself promises no shortage of Apple device sideshows, including today's display of a rickety 2001 iPod:

And old-school gear fetishists can rejoice: Many more ghosts of Christmas past will emerge as this trial unfolds.

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Rachel Swan

Rachel Swan

Rachel Swan was a staff writer at SF Weekly from 2013 to 2015. In previous lives she was a music editor, IP hack, and tutor of Cal athletes.

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