Is the App Store a Monopoly?

Thursday Mar 7th 2013 by Developer.com Staff

Apple asks a judge to dismiss a case that accuses it of anti-competitive behavior.

A federal court will consider the issue of whether Apple's App Store is an unfair monopoly. Seven end users have sued the company claiming just that. “Can a consumer go somewhere else to buy Angry Birds for the iPhone?” asked Alexander Schmidt, one of the plaintiffs' attorneys. “If the answer is no, then Apple is a monopolist.”

But Apple has asked the judge to throw out the case. “There’s nothing illegal about creating a system that is closed in a sense,” Apple attorney Dan Wall argued before the court.

U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has not said when she will rule on Apple's motion to dismiss.

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