Is the iPod/iTunes link monopolistic?

Summary:A lawsuit has made its way to the US District Court for the Southern District of California which claims that the iPod/iTunes link that Apple has fostered is monopolistic.

A lawsuit has made its way to the US District Court for the Southern District of California which claims that the iPod/iTunes link that Apple has fostered is monopolistic.

The lawsuit, filed by a Florida resident on behalf of all Florida-based iPod owners and iTunes Store customers, claims that limitations introduced by Apple into the iPod and iTunes is "unreasonable and illegal under Florida's antitrust and unfair trade laws."

This isn't the first time that the claim that the link between the iPod and iTunes is monopolistic, but it'll be interesting to see how this works out.

However, in the meantime, what do you think?  Is the iPod/iTunes ecosystem that Apple has created just good business practice or is it monopolistic and anti-competitive?

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Topics: Hardware, Apple, Legal, Mobility

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