Steve Jobs Apple’s Defense in Taped Deposition

After hearing a recorded deposition of late founder of Apple Inc., Steve Jobs, a federal judge

weighed whether to end the iPod pricing legal battle that has been ongoing for the last 10 years.

The deposition showed the jury that Mr. Jobs was ‘very scared’ regarding the hackers of the

iTunes service of the company. On Friday, Apple moved to get the class-action suit dismissed.

Consumers had claimed in the suit that the iPhone maker had suppressed competition in the

digital music industry. However, the American technology giant claimed that there was no case

because the named plaintiffs hadn’t owned the particular iPod models that were being blamed

so there was lack of proof.

On Friday, before the trial proceedings were initiated in Oakland, California, US District Judge

Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers informed the lawyers that the new filing made by Apple Inc. would

have to be reviewed and would be open for discussion on Monday. The attorneys of the plaintiff

also stated that they also needed to catch up on the filing made by the smartphone

manufacturer. They had just received the filing so didn’t get the time to review it, as per their

statement to the judge.

In this antitrust trial, the presence of Steve Jobs has been looming constantly. On Friday, the

deposition of the late founder was shown, which had originally been made in April 2011, nearly

six months before his death. According to the company’s executives, they had just wished to

prevent hackers from gaining access to its digital music systems and to keep its contracts with

music labels safe from the threat of piracy. This view was echoed by Mr. Jobs in the deposition.

The video showed him wearing his signature turtleneck and speaking in a raspy voice, the thin

Steve Jobs said there are lots of hackers out there trying to gain access to these systems and

they could do things that would cause the company to breach its contracts with music


Therefore, he said that iTunes needed heavy protection or else Apple would get sued and would

also become the recipient of nasty emails from record labels. However, when responding to

questions, he was unable to recall numerous events that occurred in the mid-2000s and are

also included in the trial. Total damages of $350 million are sought by the plaintiffs and as per

antitrust laws, this sum can also be tripled.

It was the aim of the plaintiffs to show that opponents had been edged out aggressively by Jobs

years earlier. An email sent on January 2004 was presented showing that Mr. Jobs wished to

leverage digital music technologies. Vice president of iTunes engineering, Jeff Robin had

testified the reputation of Apple Inc. would be at risk if it was unable to defend its digital music

system against rival music players and hackers. Nevertheless, the testimony may not be of any

importance if the company’s motion for the case’s dismissal is accepted if the iPod purchase

details of the plaintiffs don’t match.