Attorneys for plaintiffs and Apple made closing arguments on Monday, and the jury has begun deliberations in the Apple iPod antitrust case.
The plaintiffs represent a group of digital music consumers who purchased iPods from 2006 to 2009 and seek damages of close to $350 million, which could go as high as $1 billion. They contend Apple unfairly locked-in consumers into iTunes software on iPods, and in turn, locked out competitors.
Apple says it was only innovating its product by protecting customers from computer security intrusions and creating a better consumer experience for iPod users.
Plaintiff's attorney Patrick Coughlin told the jury in his closing argument that Apple's software was not a product improvement, but rather a "one, two punch" that Apple pursued to restrict the iPod to music purchased in the iTunes store.
Apple's lead attorney William Isaacson said the iTunes 7.0 software update was an effort by the company to protect users and digital rights holders from hackers and music pirates, and to improve their existing products.