If you were hoping you'd get to see Steve Jobs' video testimony that was such a key part of the recent iPod antitrust trial, District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers wants you to cast those hopes aside. Members of the media had been insisting on getting access to the tape despite significant opposition from Apple (and the plaintiffs, for that matter), but the judge ruled that Jobs' testimony will be treated as any other live testimony.
And so today Apple's long iPod antitrust suit is at an end. Today a jury found the Cupertino company not guilty of violating antitrust laws when it implemented digital rights management software (FairPlay) in the last decade to stop users from downloading music from rival stores on their iPods. Indeed, according to the jury, the move represented a genuine product improvement for consumers.
Remember RealNetworks, the once-giant streaming company who boldly circumvented Apple’s FairPlay digital rights management to make their own media player work with iTunes files? Now they’re back with Rinse, a new effort to organize and clean up your iTunes library. Wait -- what?
Digital music stores used to ignore the iPod, but that has changed. Now RealNetworks has added the browser-based Rhapsody MP3 Store to its Rhapsody music subscription service, offering another way to buy your tunes DRM-free.