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Apple sued for deleting rival retailers' music from iPods

Did Apple stifle competition by deleting MP3s that iPod owners purchased legitimately from rivals to its iTunes Music Store? That’s what lawyers for a class-action antitrust suit that got underway yesterday are arguing.

According to court documents filed in September, between 2006 and 2009, Apple released updates to iTunes that would display error messages when synced with iPods containing files from competing digital retailers like Real Networks, instructing users to return their players to factory settings and deleting competitors’ files in the process. At the time, Real sold MP3s at a fraction of the price the iTunes Music Store charged.

Apple maintains that the measures were necessary to protect users from hackers who may have compromised the iTunes ecosystem, but lawyers representing consumers who bought iPods during that time argue that the tactic was meant to keep iPod owners from buying music from non-Apple retailers. They’re seeking $350 million in damages.

Apple keeps the iPod Classic around: Do you still use yours?

If you own an iPhone 5, throw it in the garbage right now, because it’s suddenly become irrelevant.

Apple today unveiled two new phone models and announced that it would discontinue the iPhone 5, which existed for approximately one year. However, to the surprise of many, there is one aging gadget that the company is keeping on its shelves (at least for now): the humble ol’ iPod Classic.

Many tech-watchers had written early obituaries for the iPod, that old-school, non-Twittering, MP3-playing device that turned so many people into Apple users in the first place. The thought went that with the new focus on super-speedy iPhones and Spotify and Pandora, as well as the upcoming iTunes Radio, Apple would discontinue the iPod with today’s announcement. Wired went as far as to say that “this is the year the iPod Classic will die.”

Yet it lives! The Apple event has ended, and a trip to the company’s online store still allows you to buy the machine in all its bulky, 160-GB, 40,000-song glory. This is good news for all those diehard fans who still consider the iPod the most efficient, reliable means of portable music consumption.

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