Billion dollar antitrust lawsuit against Apple for abusing iTunes Music Store dominance
Really, Apple is making into news every day. Rarely a day goes by without hearing about Apple. When there isn’t any confirmed news, the market does well with rumors.
This time, however, it’s a kind of very disappointing attitude that has brought Apple into focus of users and those who were about to enter into the Apple club. Apple has deleted all music tracks, which were downloaded from any service other than iTunes, from the music libraries of its existing iPod users. For example, all those tracks downloaded from Amazon MP3 would ask for a reboot when synched with iTunes.
We missed a part of it. Apple didn’t deem it necessary to ask or inform the users about it. Users felt cheated, so they brought anti-trust lawsuit against Apple, potentially a billion dollar antitrust classaction lawsuit for abusing iTune Music Store dominance.
“You guys decided to give them the worst possible experience and blow up” a user’s iPod music, attorney Patrick Coughlin told the US District Court in Oakland, California.
The worst thing about this update was that users were forced to restore factory settings, which is the only way to do away with errors.
Apple didn’t explained much on its unfair step and Apple security director Augustin Farrugia testified, “We don’t need to give users too much information,” and “We don’t want to confuse users.”
Apple further relied on a perfect excuse; security reasons. Hackers are creating paranoid troubles for the company security, explained Apple.
Wall Street Journal writes:
“Farrugia told the court that hackers with names like “DVD Jon” and “Requiem” made Apple “very paranoid” about protecting iTunes. Updates that deleted non-Apple music files were intended to protect consumers from those system break-ins. The system was totally hacked.”
Even if it was for security reason, at least, users deserved notification explaining the situation. However, it appears to be an egoistic move from Apple. May be, the firm isn’t able to handle the iPhone 6 & 6 Plus hysteria. Don’t worry. Consumer is the real boss with a very limited space for tolerance to annoyance.