Apple Sued Over iTunes Interface
AppleInsider is reporting that a Vermont-based company, led by David Contois, has filed a lawsuit against Apple, claiming that the iTunes interface infringes on a patent the company holds for organizing music in an application, as well as being able to transfer those songs to an external player.
Specifically, Contois documented 19 interface aspects of the iTunes software that it claims are in direct violation of Contois’ patent. These areas include iTunes’ menu selection process to allow the user to select music to be played, the ability of the software to transfer music tracks to a portable music player, and search capabilities such as sorting music tracks by their genre, artist and album attributes.
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