Apple has settled an iTunes-related lawsuit which claimed the company stole the application's design from another party.

David Contois, owner of Contois Music and Technology, claimed that he demonstrated digital jukebox software at a tradeshow a decade ago. He filed a lawsuit in June 2005 stating: "Apple has copied the invention. Apple's infringement has been and continues to be willful."

He wanted damages and fees, and also wanted Apple to be barred from distributing iTunes software. Apple filed a counterclaim in response to Conois' actions, but the case was amicably concluded in an undisclosed settlement in a US court yesterday, according to a local report.

Apple at the time denied these claims saying: "Apple does not infringe, has not infringed, has not contributed to the infringement of and has not induced the infringement."

Neither party would comment on the case, though the brother of David Contois, Dan Contois, said: "We're glad to get back to teaching music and selling musical instruments. The terms are confidential. We can't discuss them."