Apple Deleted Competitors' Songs From Your iPod

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During a court hearing in Oakland, California, it's come to light that, between 2007 and 2009, Apple deleted tracks downloaded from rival music services off of iPods.

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According to attorney Patrick Coughlin, users who downloaded music from other services and then tried to sync them to their iPod using iTunes would receive an error message. That message told the user they had to restore the factory settings—and when they did so, Apple deleted the tracks in the process. Coughlin claims that the error mechanism was put in place so that Apple could "not... tell users the problem."

Apple's defence, from its security director Augustin Farrugia? It didn't need to provide a more detailed explanation because: "We don't need to give users too much information, we don't want to confuse users."

The suit is based on claims that Apple had stifled competition in the digital music industry, with $350 million in damages sought. The case continues, with Eddy Cue and Phil Schiller expected to testify later this week. [WSJ]

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DISCUSSION

I have never purchased music from iTunes. I specifically set my iPod to not sync automatically because all my songs are pirated and I only use iTunes to add songs. Half the songs on my iPod aren't even on my computer anymore, so if I synced it then it would do that thing where it can't find the location of the song so then it doesn't work. Ha! Not for me! Don't let Apple run your life, there is absolutely no reason to sync your shit automatically, if you do, you deserve what you get. I also use iRepo to back up my iPod so that if something goes wrong, I'm covered.