Apple Found Not Guilty in High-Profile iPod Trial


Apple was back in court this month over claims that the company used DRM software to block music from iTunes competitors on certain iPod models. On Tuesday, the trial came to the close with a unanimous “not guilty” verdict from the jury.

The entire case hinged on several iTunes software updates which may have deleted music from certain iPod models purchased between 2006 and 2009. However, Apple argued that its only goal was to rollout new features and improvements to its music products. In their verdict, the jury called iTunes 7.0 a “genuine product improvement” that enhanced the user experience with new features including added security.

“We created iPod and iTunes to give our customers the world’s best way to listen to music,” the company said in an official statement to The Verge. “Every time we’ve updated those products — and every Apple product over the years — we’ve done it to make the user experience even better.”

Cupertino faced fines of as much as $1 billion for violating antitrust laws, though the original complaint asked for just $350 million. Apple’s opposition says it’s already planning to appeal the jury’s decision, so the iPod-maker may not be in the clear just yet.