Apple has been accussed of deleting songs from users iPods that were bought from rival music services to its iTunes system. The alleged deletions are said to have occured during 2007-2009.
The claims relate to a long-running iTunes monopoly trial that has finally reached court in the US. Jurors have been told about some of the practices that the firm is accused of operating that include locking competing retailers out of the iTunes FairPlay DRM system, and even deleting users' content.
In a testimony recorded by Steve Jobs before his death, the then Apple CEO tackles question about piracy and Apple's rivals.
CNN has seen the testimony and reports that Jobs was offhand in his remarks and rather non-committal. For example, when he was asked about rival firm RealNetworks, he responded with "Do they still exist?". The CNN report added that Jobs declined to give clear answers to a number of questions, and instead claimed that he did not know or could not recall the requested information.
Apple is accused of using its FairPlay DRM system as a means of limiting competitors' access to the growing iTunes market, and court reports say that the firm went even further and actually removed material from customer accounts.
According to court statements the Apple software would, on spotting content from another provider on an iPod, ask the user to reboot their hardware. Once this reboot was completed users would have found no trace of the content in question.
Apple declined to comment when contacted by V3.
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