Late Apple CEO Steve Jobs was the key witness on Friday in the class-action lawsuit prompted by Apple’s iTunes DRM back in the iPod’s heyday. In a video deposition recorded before his death, Jobs suggested label contracts were the motivating factor behind Apple’s aggressive protection of its digital rights management. On people hacking the DRM: “That would be in clear violation of the licenses they’d have in the labels, and they could cease giving us music at any time,” said Jobs. “I remember we were very concerned about that. And we went to great pains to make sure that people couldn’t hack into our digital rights management system because if they could, we would get nasty emails from the labels threatening us that they were going to yank the licence.” One looming issue for the case, however, is the shrinking number of plaintiffs. One of the two named plaintiffs was withdrawn on Friday after it emerged that they hadn’t bought an iPod during the period in question, and Apple is claiming the other should be barred for the same reason.

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