Apple has been in the news recently for putting unwanted music in users' libraries. But a new antitrust lawsuit is alleging that the tech company used its software muscle to remove songs from iPods that had been purchased on rival companies' download services.
The class-action suit claims that between 2007 and 2009, Apple's software would yield an error message when an iPod would attempt to sync with a music library containing songs bought on other music download programs. The system would then issue a prompt to restore factory settings to the iPod, upon which songs from those other services would be deleted.
"You guys decided to give them the worst possible experience and blow up" users' music collections, said attorney Patrick Coughlin, speaking in U.S. District Court in Oakland where he field the suit, according to the Wall St. Journal.