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Apple Admits it Deleted Non-iTunes Music Off iPods for Two Years

Then-Apple CEO Steve Jobs stands with the new iTunes logo at a news conference in San Francisco, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Then-Apple CEO Steve Jobs stands with the new iTunes logo at a news conference in San Francisco, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

 

(Digital Trends) – At one point, Apple was the all-deleting “i”. From 2007 to 2009, Apple deleted music from users’ iPods that was not downloaded from iTunes, according to court testimony obtained by The Washington Post

Apple is currently facing a $350 million antitrust lawsuit filed in 2005 that alleges Apple attempted to monopolize the digital download market by restricting iPods from playing songs downloaded from third party music services. Patrick Coughlin, Attorney for the Plaintiff, proclaimed during the trial that Apple gave users “the worst possible experience” by secretly deleting songs from users iPods which were downloaded from rival music services.

Coughlin explained the procedure as to which Apple employed to remove songs from users’ iPods. The vaguely duplicitous act was executed by Apple when iPod users would attempt to sync their iPod with iTunes after downloading music from rival music services.

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