OAKLAND, Calif. – Jurors in a class-action lawsuit against Apple Inc. on Tuesday saw emails from late CEO Steve Jobs and his top lieutenants that show Jobs was determined to keep Apple's popular iPod music players free from songs that were sold by competing online stores.
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In opening statements, attorneys for consumers and iPod resellers told jurors that Apple acted unfairly to freeze out competitors and thus sell iPods at inflated prices. But Apple lawyers told the jury that the tech giant only wanted to maintain the integrity of its own software, which worked best without digital music or other code from outside sources.
Plaintiffs are seeking damages that could amount to $1 billion. A videotaped deposition of Jobs, who died in 2011, will be shown in court later this week.