Apple deliberately deleted songs from customers’ iPods that had originated from music services that competed with iTunes between 2007 and 2009, according to reports.

If an iTunes user synced an iPod to iTunes with outside music, an Apple dialog box would show an error message, the The Wall Street Journal reported. The message asked users to restore to factory settings, which would then erase non-iTunes songs

Perhaps more concerning was that Apple didn’t tell users what was going on. An Apple representative told the court that the company didn’t “need to give users too much information” and it didn’t “want to confuse users.” Apple contends the iPod reset was security measure and that it was fearful of hackers infiltrating iTunes through users’ computers. …

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