The title says it all. We are speaking about sticking it right into the face of the firm of innovation aka Apple. Now you might ask, is it even feasible? Can an ordinary iPod owner sue the mighty company? When did this occur? Where it all started?
RealNetworks now appears nothing at all much less than a nightmare for Apple. If by opportunity you purchased an iPod between the 12th of September 2006 to the 31st of March 2009, then you can count on an e-mail from RealNetworks to make you conscious of all the facts. Truly what happened is, in 2004, RealNetworks (the makers of the popular music player, ‘Real Player’) came up with a digital rights management translation service, recognized as Harmony, that was capable of playing the songs on an iPod which were downloaded from RealPlayer music retailer. This service proved truly beneficial for the iPod owners as any desired song now could be played on an iPod with out the require of initial uploading it onto iTunes.
Unfortunately, Apple created a counter attack soon following the arrival of Harmony as it released an iPod firmware update which blocked playback help for all the the songs not belonging to the iTunes on an iPod. This all of a sudden prompted numerous iPod owners to file a lawsuit against Apple for the unfair blockage of music.
The District Court for the Northern District of California didn’t take the lawsuit lightly and gave it a class-action status in late 2011.
According to iPodLawSuit:
The lawsuit claims that Apple violated federal and state laws by issuing software program updates in 2006 for its iPod that prevented iPods from playing songs not purchased on iTunes. The lawsuit claims that the application updates brought on iPods prices to be higher than they otherwise would have been.
The existence of such circumstances have now indirectly created the owners of — iPod Nano (1G, 2G, 3G and 4G), iPod Touch (2G and 3G), iPod Shuffles (1G, 2G and 3G), iPod classic and the unique edition U2 iPod — a portion of this heavily debated lawsuit.
Note: the owner of such devices have the appropriate to be excluded from the lawsuit upon his or her request!