Steve Jobs To Defend Apple’s iTunes

A federal judge says Steve Jobs must answer questions in an antitrust lawsuit brought against Apple’s iTunes store.

A U.S. District Judge for northern California ruled Monday the ailing Jobs can only be questioned for two hours in a deposition. The ruling comes as Jobs is still out on indefinite medical leave from Apple. The antitrust suit was brought by rival music seller RealNetworks. The firm alleges Apple blocks any music downloads to its iPods that doesn’t go through its iTunes store. In 2004, RealNetworks developed its own way to let customers load songs onto their iPods. Apple reconfigured the iPod software to block RealNetworks. In ordering Jobs to answer questions, the judge ruled yesterday the Apple CEO has “unique … first-hand knowledge” about the company’s upgrade at the time.

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