The statement was made in the federal court in Oakland, California. Opening statements began on Tuesday in federal court in the long-running class action, brought by a group of individuals and businesses who purchased iPods between 2006 and 2009. Plaintiffs are seeking about USD 350 million in damages for unfairly blocking competing device makers, an amount which would be automatically tripled under antitrust laws.
The late Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc, led the company to violate antitrust laws by restricting music purchases for iPod users to Apple's iTunes digital store and not rival services as well, an attorney for consumers suing Apple said in court.

Plaintiff attorney Bonny Sweeney showed the court emails from top Apple executives, including Jobs, discussing a challenge in the online music market from Real Networks, which developed a rival digital song manager. Music purchased on Real's store could be played on iPods.
"There was a concern by Apple that this would eat into their market share," Sweeney told the eight-member jury.
In July 2004, Jobs wrote to other Apple executives with a suggested press release about Real Networks.
"How's this?" Jobs wrote. "'We are stunned that Real is adopting the tactics and ethics of a hacker and breaking into the iPod.'"
"I like likening them to hackers," Apple marketing chief Philip Schiller responded.
Apple argues that it did not possess monopoly power in the digital music player market, and that it has no legal duty to make its products compatible for competitors.