Apple has been hit with another class action, this time standing accused of illegally linking iPods to the iTunes Store in order to control the digital media market.
The short-sighted lawsuit alleges the rights-restricting DRM applied to some iTunes purchases at the behest of copyright holders is illegal because it only works with iPods, locking competitors out of the loop.
The nineteen-page suit was filed in a Florida court in August 2007, reports AppleInsider. It was filed by Frederick Black on behalf of all Florida residents who have purchased an iPod or downloaded content from iTunes.
The suit argues that Apple makes it impossible for consumers to migrate their media from the iPod to other devices, meaning their content ceases to be playable without iTunes or an iPod.
It says that Apple could license its DRM (Fairplay) system, or could have licensed Microsoft's Windows Media (which doesn't support Macs within its DRM).
The company is also accused of controlling prices to the detriment of consumers, forcing them to pay higher prices.
Apple is: "In possesion of monopoly power in the portable digital media player market, the online music market and the online video market and has the power to control prices in these respective markets and has been able to exclude competition from these respective markets," the suit states.
Apple is accused of acting monopolistically. Black wants $15,000, a court order awarding treble damages, fees and more in a trial he demands be judged by jury.