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Apple to settle iPod lawsuit

Apple Inc. has agreed to settle a pair of class-action lawsuits inCanada alleging it misled customers about the staying power of itsiPods, the latest courtroom truce over the dwindling battery life ofearly generations of the device.


Apple Inc. has agreed to settle a pair of class-action lawsuits in Canada alleging it misled customers about the staying power of its iPods, the latest courtroom truce over the dwindling battery life of early generations of the device.


According to a court document, the company is offering credits for its online store of about $44.75 to people who live in Canada and bought certain iPods here on or before June 24, 2004.


To be eligible, the battery life of their iPods — while continuously playing music — needs to have dropped to five hours or less for the first and second generation of the device and four hours or less for the third generation.


The lead plaintiffs in the lawsuits — iPod owners Ines Lenzi and Bradley Waddell — claimed Apple misrepresented iPods’ battery life by claiming they were capable of eight to 10 hours of continual music playback. After recharging, the iPods’ battery life began declining.


Motions to approve the settlement are scheduled for June 11 in Quebec Superior Court and June 20 in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

 
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