If you’re one of the millions who purchased an iPod between Sept. 12, 2006, and March 31, 2009, you might be in for a surprising email. It states that you’re being enlisted in a class-action lawsuit against Apple — though you do have the right to recuse yourself.
The class-action lawsuit was originally filed by a customer in January 2005 and was ignited by the creation of the music service Harmony. Back in 2004, the company RealNetworks created Harmony as a digital rights management (DRM) translation service. It allowed users to play songs downloaded from the RealPlayer music store on Apple’s iPod.
But as any iPod user knows, songs must be loaded onto iTunes to be played on Apple’s devices. That’s because Apple created an iPod firmware update not too long after the announcement of Harmony, which blocked it and other music services from uploading songs to the iPod.
The customer filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple, accusing the company of unfairly blocking competition. Now, years later, it’s gaining steam.
Here is the website for the case ipodlawsuit.com