Remember when Microsoft was sued over its Internet Explorer “monopoly”? Now Apple is facing a similar lawsuit regarding the iPod and iTunes, Apple’s online music/media store. The plaintiff alleges that Apple has unfairly chained the iPod to the iTunes store and not opened the media player to other online stores’ products. The same is true in reverse, rival media players cannot easily access iTunes.
The lawsuit Microsoft faced years ago led to big changes in the Windows operating system and in the Web browser market. Will the Apple lawsuit lead to similar changes for that company?