Steve Jobs drops in to testify in Apple iPod class action trial

Steve Jobs drops in to testify in Apple iPod class action trial
Just months before his untimely demise from pancreatic cancer on October 5th, 2011, Apple CEO-Steve Jobs taped a two-hour video deposition that is just now going to be played inside a courtroom. The class-action suit revolves around complaints made about the early versions of the Apple iPod, with plaintiffs complaining that the device locked out all music services except for Apple's own iTunes.

Published reports say that Jobs' sworn video testimony is that language preventing the iPod from loading music from sources other than iTunes, was baked into Apple's contracts with the record labels. One report quotes Jobs as saying "We had pretty much black and white contracts with the labels," during the video.

Plaintiffs are seeking $350 million from Apple. The trial actually started Tuesday in Oakland, California, and other Apple executives, including Eddy Cue, are expected to testify. In case you were wondering, the iPods involved in the suit were sold from 2006 to 2009.

source: CNN

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28 Comments

1. HansGoneInsane unregistered

Gosh, how I miss this person. The tech world has really become less spectacular and more uniform since his absence.

2. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

I know. That bastard escaped having to testify at the apple vs. Samsung trial, of which would have proved himself wrong about owning a suit! What a douche!

3. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

"Escaped"?.......smh

19. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

He's already dead give him some respect. In his time, he did do some amazing stuff in the tech world.

5. Suspiro

Posts: 26; Member since: Aug 24, 2014

Headline should read "Jobs comes up from hell to testify..."

6. schwartz.matthew.e

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Lord knows he didn't go to heaven.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30682; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Where is heaven and hell?

9. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

There's a Hell near me in Michigan, I may need to go look for him there. In all seriousness, regardless of whether people like Apple or not they're being pretty tactless about him being dead. Show some respect PA users, I know you're not all angry 12 year olds.

10. Suspiro

Posts: 26; Member since: Aug 24, 2014

Let's just say that he has afternoon tea with Hitler often.

21. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Ask Steve Jobs' daughter about the tact he showed when he vehemently denied fathering her in court (which is techically perjury considering it was a paternity case and yet he was never charged with it). Or maybe ask the people on the transplant list about the tact he showed when he put himself on multiple transplant lists and ended up getting one in an area that was more likely to get him a transplant. Because he could afford to travel to any area, he set himself up on multiple lists around the country. Then when one became available in Tennessee, he got it. Suppose a parent in Tennessee would've been in that spot had it not been for Jobs doing this, and they ended up dying. Now a child is without a parent and Jobs is still dead anyway. Yes, he was a smart business man and yes it is awful when anyone dies. But there are other people who are more deserving of our sympathy than him.

27. nwright94

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

There's certainly no arguing any of that, I mean its tactless to mock his death and compare him to Hitler. Steve Jobs may not of been a good man but he is nowhere near Hitler.

11. djcody

Posts: 202; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

Not where, is what you imagine about that, illusions, mystery, another propaganda to keep you scary :)

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30682; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Believe me bro I know that, I just like to hear and see were peoples minds and thoughts are.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30682; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

+1 BTW on the knowledge

16. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

how about hellaven ? what about those people who are 50 % good and 50 % evil ?

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 30682; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's 100% silly bro.

22. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It's called purgatory. That's where good people who have done wrong go to do their time until they are worthy of heaven.

13. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Look at the trolls saying he went to hell... RIP Steve.

17. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

What's wrong with the hell? I also don't want to go to heaven. Heaven is a boring place that have plenty of priest, monk, believer. Oh wait, I think lots of priest will be in hell for raping boys and girls in various church. Anyway, Hell, is one place that REALLY COOL. I think I could safely say that 99% of Hollywood director/actress/etc will be in HELL. Life in hell would be FUN.

20. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Why do people sue for things like that?

23. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I don't know, you pay the money for a device and yet still can't use it how you want to. Considering the only limitation is software, there shouldn't be a reason to lock it down.

25. schwartz.matthew.e

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Look at all the Apple sheep who have "bahhed" with every new product Apple releases. All over priced, and in regards to mobile, extraordinarily under-performing.

24. AlikMalix unregistered

Correct me if I'm wrong, but Apple prevents people to upload music that was DRM protected to other media distributer (something you should not be doing) and lawyers sue? So let say Amazon DRM their music and per contract you're not allowed to upload that music to, say, zine MP3 player wouldn't amazon sue Sony for allowing that? In this case Apple didn't allow others to upload music purchased AND PROTECTED by another entity to iPods. Now we owned iPods since.... forever.... And we ripped CDs back then - never once had issues, didn't purchase music in an MP3 format - so was not blocked. I think the gripe should be with whoever DRM protected their music in effect not allowing you to legally enjoy on your iPod.

26. schwartz.matthew.e

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Apple was the one who did all of the DRM protecting, at least to my knowledge.

28. AlikMalix unregistered

Yes, but at that time many others were DRM protecting. I chose an iPod for the plethora that was iTunes selection of media. This is a suit for not allowing other DRM protected media play on iPods (playin DRM protected media on a competitors platform was against contract agreed by consumer). Steve states himself that Apple was paranoid about DRM licensing.

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